Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Right now the temperature is almost summerish: 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 10 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 53%, the heat index is 82˚F (28˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Cold Waters’ – One Campaign, Two Endings”
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season Two (2019) Based On: Characters created by Tom Clancy Created for Television by: Carlton Cruise and Graham Roland Starring: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace, Jordi Mollà, Cristina Umaña, Francisco Denis, John Hoogenakker, Michael Kelly, Susan Misner, Tom Wlaschiha On October 31, 2019, Amazon Prime Video released the entire eight-episode Season TwoContinue reading “TV Series Review: ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season Two’”
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season One (2018) Based On: Characters created by Tom Clancy Created for Television by: Carlton Cruise and Graham Roland Starring: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Abbie Cornish, Ali Suliman, Dina Shihabi On August 31, 2018, Amazon Prime Video released the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, a web television seriesContinue reading “TV Series Review: ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season One’”
The Hunt for Red October (1990) Directed by: John McTiernan Written by: Larry Ferguson and Donald E. Stuart, John Milius (uncredited), David Shaber (uncredited) Based on: The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Richard Jordan, Peter Firth, Tim Curry, CourtneyContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (1990)”
On August 7, 1986, G.P. Putnam’s Sons published Red Storm Rising, a novel by Tom Clancy. Set sometime in the late 1980s – Clancy and his uncredited author Larry Bond never specifically mention a year in the text – Red Storm Rising is a military thriller that, as in The Hunt for Red October, Clancy’sContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’”
If you’re a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you might have read my posts about a new computer game that I’ve been playing over the past few days. It’s called Cold Waters, a game that puts you in command of a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered fast attack sub during a hypothetical ThirdContinue reading “Retro Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’ by MicroProse”
Although Cold Waters boasts sophisticated graphics and an immersive sound design that blends music, sound effects, and voice acting that is light-years beyond anything that Sid Meier and his design team at the old MicroProse could achieve in the late 1980s, there is a lot of Red Storm Rising in its cyber-DNA. They both put you in command of fast attack boats in a Third World War that can take place in different time settings. They are designed in such a way that you go from Training to Single Battle to Campaign in incremental levels of difficulty and complexity. Lastly, both Cold Waters and Red Storm Rising try to strike a balance between realism and playability.
Back in the 1990s, when I first bought my first MS-DOS-based personal computer, I used to play many military-themed simulations and strategy games. Most of them were designed and published by MicroProse Software of Hunt Valley, MD, which was founded by Sid Meier and William “Wild Bill” Stealey in 1982. Although Sid Meier’s Civilization isContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: From ‘Red Storm Rising’ to ‘Cold Waters’”