Old Gamers Never Die, or: Discussion on One of the Tougher ‘Cold Waters’ Missions

Conn, Sonar: New contact bearing 0-4-5, designated Sierra 1. Conn, Sonar: New contact bearing 0-4-7, designated Sierra 2. Make depth 1-2-0 feet, aye. Conn, Sonar: Sierra 1 is classified as…escort. Set course 0-4-0, aye. Conn, Weps: Tube 1 loaded. Part One: A Bit of Background If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you knowContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Discussion on One of the Tougher ‘Cold Waters’ Missions”

Old Gamers Never Die: War is All Hell in Ultimate General: Civil War’s Battle of Philippi

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, August 7, 2021. It’s a typical summer day. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 59% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 8 MPH (11 KM/H), the heat index is 90˚F (33˚C). The forecastContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: War is All Hell in Ultimate General: Civil War’s Battle of Philippi”

Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Acquainted with ‘Ultimate General: Civil War’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, August 5, 2021. It is warm and muggy outside; the current temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With relative humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the south at 13 MPH (21 KM/H), the heat index isContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Acquainted with ‘Ultimate General: Civil War’”

Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’

TITLE: Armored BrigadeGENRE: Simulation, StrategyDEVELOPER: Veitikka StudiosPUBLISHER: Slitherine Ltd./Matrix GamesFRANCHISE: Armored BrigadeRELEASE DATE: Nov 15, 2018 As someone who grew up in the shadow of the Cold War (1946-1991) and can still remember that the present Russian Federation was one of 16 “republics” in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), I have long beenContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A First Look at ‘Armored Brigade’”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Discovery’ of New Missions in ‘Cold Waters’ Teaches Me that Reading (Manuals) is Fundamental

One of the things I miss about buying computer games with physical media (CD-ROMs or DVD-ROMs in particular) is getting a printed manual in the same box as the game and – in some instances – keyboard overlays. For those of us who cut our gaming teeth in the 1980s and early 1990s, most computerContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Discovery’ of New Missions in ‘Cold Waters’ Teaches Me that Reading (Manuals) is Fundamental”

Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits

The date: 20 August 2000. The time: 0700 Hours local time. The situation: USS Seawolf (SSN-21) is in the shallow waters of the narrow Taiwan Straits under orders to intercept and destroy a Chinese amphibious group bound for Taiwan. Primary Target: The merchant ships and landing craft of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s invasion force.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Waging War in the ‘Cold Waters’ of the Taiwan Straits”

Diving Deep Into ‘Cold Waters’: First Combat Missions!

As I continue to explore the many features of Cold Waters, the 2017 submarine simulation developed by the Australian game developer Killerfish Games, I have finally gone beyond Training and moved on to Single Mission combat mode. After three days of trying out most of the tutorial missions in the game – which its designersContinue reading “Diving Deep Into ‘Cold Waters’: First Combat Missions!”