FSX Stress Test

I hadn’t flown much lately in FSX, so after watching about a week of Air Crash Investigations on YouTube (I wish that show was on Netflix), I decided to brush up on my waning skill set with my preferred aircraft, the Boeing 737-800. I have a couple of saved approach flights where I can load them to practice final approach and an ILS landing, as well as a full flight plan from Tampa to Miami, FL. After successfully running a scenario to simulate an ILS landing at Miami, I decided to do the full flight.

F1 2012 Grand Prix of Europe

Valencia Street Circuit: The eighth race of the season took place at the Valencia, Spain asphalt track that hosted the European Grand Prix from 2008-2012 (the last such event on the schedule until 2016). The track was designed to meet the same safety standards as a permanent track, and features many overtaking opportunities due to its minimum 14m width. The race is scheduled for 14 laps on the 5.42km circuit resulting in a total distance of 75.9km and 350 turns.

Vietnam ’65 Battle Report

This post will be somewhat more in line with standard after-action reports and will cover my effort to increase my rank from Brigadier to Major General. The game has been a boatload of fun as well as challenging. This particular outing saw me take some hard losses early on and a KIA from mishandling the supply chain toward the end which was actually quite infuriating in gaming terms as it came from my being greedy and not thinking logistically.

Vietnam ’65 Decisive Victory

Tonight I had a fun mission in which I was able to secure my first Decisive Victory in the game which resulted in a promotion to First Lieutenant (the old shadowbox is filling up with awards for the body count and such). This game is seriously starting to grow on me, in no small part to what appears to be a robust interaction by the developer with the users in the Steam community (as evidenced by this post).

Vietnam 65

This is a new game from developer Every Single Soldier that is published by Slitherine, LTD and is available through Steam. I actually purchased my game through the Slitherine site using an Easter discount code that was not offered through Steam, and picked the game up for about $7. The Slitherine site has a web page where you can register the product to generate a legitimate Steam key to download and play the product there if you prefer (to track total game time, garner Steam achievements, etc.)

Command Ops Scaling Issue

I am not sure when this occurred, but it had to be some time after the last post I made about this series of games. All of my Airborne Assault engine games (Highway to the Reich, Conquest of the Aegean, and Command Operations) now have what appears to be a scaling issue where the text and graphics on the left side of the screen image are out of alignment. I have checked several forum threads from what remains on the Matrix site and attempted to adjust monitor scaling but to no avail.

I do know that my AMD Gaming Evolved video drivers were updated to version 14.12 some time ago and both the Replay and Record features are disabled (many users are experiencing this). I guess the easiest answer is to roll back the drivers, however AMD makes such an undertaking unnecessarily difficult to accomplish. Unfortunately the other option is to wait for them to roll out another driver update. Until that happens I probably won’t be posting any CO material.

MS FSX Boeing 737-800 IFR Flight Plan

Microsoft Flight Simulator X came out back in late 2006 and is the last installment of the vaunted Flight Simulator series prior to the release of the much maligned MS Flight platform which proved to be an abysmal failure (ultimately resulting in its discontinuation). I last had flown MS FS 2002 logging dozens of hours in a Cessna prop plane and Lear Jet becoming somewhat of a master using VOR to VOR routing, but quickly lost interest in the genre and completely skipped Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight.

Defense Grid: The Awakening (Demo)

This is a tower defense single player strategy game from indie developer Hidden Path Entertainment. The free demo available on Steam contains several missions that range in complexity but are tutorial driven. There is enough available in the sample that I am definitely going to pick this up during the forthcoming Steam holiday sale, however I will state here that the game is well worth the current asking price of $9.99 base, $19.99 with all DLC.

Democracy 3 United Kingdom (Second Term)

This after-action report covers the second term of my play through as the United Kingdom in Positech Games turn-based political strategy simulation game Democracy 3. After winning reelection largely based on the policies implemented and answers to several curveball questions thrown in my direction, I begin the fifth year in office with a Budget Surplus of £26.91 Bn and a National Debt of £451.98 Bn, along with 46 Political Capital points available to spend.

Democracy 3 United Kingdom (First Term)

Democracy 3 is a turn-based political strategy simulation from Positech Games that I have had my eye on for several months, just recently picking it up during the Steam Exploration/Autumn Sale for $4.99. It is a largely text based game with no 3D graphics to speak of, however it has a slick interface that serves the subject matter quite well.

Steam Whore Issue 1

The Steam Autumn Sale (also known as the Exploration Sale) is up and running through 12/2/14 and it has given me an opportunity to pare down my wish list from almost 90 items to around 40. This was not done by making insane impulse purchases (as I have done in the past a few times) but by asking myself legitimately “Am I ever going to play that?” There are approximately 5,700 titles on sale during this event and they are broken up into featured sales and flash events.

Fleet Command Single Mission 02

Chinese Special Forces is the second single player mission in the standalone scenario set that is apart from the campaigns available in the game. The mission tasking is to patrol the northern sector and to sink any Chinese patrol boats within 50 miles of Taiwan. There are numerous fishing vessels present which makes visual target identification a requirement before engaging any surface craft that have not already been flagged as hostile.

Fleet Command Single Mission 01

CVBG Norwegian Sea is the first single player mission in the standalone scenario set that is apart from the campaigns available in the game. The general task is to protect the aircraft carrier from cruise missile attack. The more detailed mission tasking is “Protect the carrier from attack by bombers equipped with long range air-to-surface missiles. Kill all hostile aircraft”. The area of operations is off of the coast of Norway, between Bergen and Alesund.

F1 2012 Grand Prix Du Canada

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: The seventh race of the season took place at the Montreal, Quebec race track which is uniquely situated on a man-made island on the St. Lawrence River which was originally constructed for the 1967 exposition. The race is scheduled for 18 laps on the 4.36km circuit making a total distance of 78.5km and 252 turns.

Gordon Who?

Exactly ten years ago today while in a local Target store I picked up a slick looking game called Half Life 2. I never played the original and really didn’t know much about it, but I installed HL2 along with a required third party application called Steam. Little did I know at that time how this single purchase would completely change my video gaming life. Gone were the old purchasing habits to be replaced by a new retail model that I was initially slow to embrace.

DCS Black Shark 2 Testing

After a nine month hiatus from the game and an epic rant I decided to dust off my flight stick and do some basic flight and daylight attacks on stationary targets to see if anything has changed. All of a sudden I can now hit targets with the 9K121 Vikhr anti-tank missiles as long as I am at a sufficient height and distance (perhaps this was my issue before, however I don’t recall having this problem in the original Black Shark).

F1 2012 Canadian Grand Prix Practice Session

This evening I ran a five lap practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in preparation for the next race even on the calendar, the Canadian Grand Prix. Canada is one of my all-time favorite tracks and is eclipsed only by the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. I have been racing these tracks in a variety of F1 simulations dating back to Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix 3 title released by MicroProse back in 2000.

ArmA Tactics Operation Tempest Mission One

The first mission of the Operation Tempest campaign is called “Leave No One Behind” which deals with the team attempting to secure an operator who was incapacitated and captured during an ambush on their patrol. With no open support from the local government, the team must move through the village of Lagados and engage any local militia that were left behind to hold Derek Masters when the mercenaries supporting wanted terrorist Ibrahim Soltani fled the area.