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Offline Frankie

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What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to?
« on: November 28, 2016, 04:28:09 AM »
I feel that I have reached Terminal velocity in terms of content about Digital Integration's Tornado flight sim on the website that TornadoMan built.

Since 2003, I've scoured the whole WWW in search of material for this venerable simulator. In 2016, I upped the ante by redesigning the Tornado site and adding tons of Javascript stuff to it. The purpose of the site was two-fold. (1) To load it chock-ful of DI Tornado-related stuff; (2) to experiment with Javascript, JQery and CSS programming. Now, after finding more than 400 Tornado-related links on the Net, I feel that there is almost nothing more to add (I think I have scrapped the WWW barrel clean), other than to maintain the site and its sister site.

My journey started back in 2002. I had decided to try the Tornado Desert Storm demo. I was most unimpressed by the graphics at first. Turned off actually. However, further website reviews of Digital Integration's simulation convinced me that this was a deep simulation. I knew I needed to get hold of the original hardcopy manual to get the most out of it. Then in 2003, a kind man named Mike McDonald from Texas sent me a boxed set via Ebay. It had belonged to a pilot that he knew. That was the genesis of my Tornado website.

In 2016, I finally made contact with David Keith Marshall, the co-founder of Digital Integration, before sadly, he passed away. This year, I also received the x86 assembly language source code from the original programmer, although 23-year old 16-bit x86 ASM code is harder understand than Egyptian hieroglyphics. I have also sent to and received emails from Tornado fans from around the world, many who remember the game fondly. Some some who still play the game now and then. I have also gained an deep admiration and respect for the original programmers of the game. They wrote a classic flight simulator, complete with a killer mission planner, with limited resources and computing power of the time (circa 1993).

So, coming back to my Subject's question. What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to? Off my head, I have  Domark's SVGA Harrier (previously AV-8B Harrier Assualt before it got the SVGA makeover). Another candidate would be A10 Cuba! with its (then) reknown physics.  Both are flat-shaded polygon flight sims, but I am open to other simulation genres. Carrier Command (!?). Civilization? Some classic landmark wargame from the past?

Any ideas or suggestions, anyone?
« Last Edit: November 28, 2016, 12:02:27 PM by Frankie »

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Re: What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 09:57:07 AM »
EF2000 comes to mind or Gunship. These are the two sims I started with If I remember correctly.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2016, 12:20:06 PM »
I think Falcon was a big big hit, its still acvailable from gog. when you buy it you get the famouse falcon 4 as an extra, Ive only played briefly but its a serious set of sims

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2016, 03:06:24 PM »
Hi Frankie

You have done an amazing job with Tornado. It is obvious you are passionate about it. I am sure it has brought joy to many fans of the game.

Next title? Does it have to be a military sim?

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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016, 03:25:49 PM »
if it dosnt have to be military, the most fun In a game I ever had was 'Heroes of might & Magic III' you can get it on gog.com its a little dated now, but it was great, If your looking for a fan game you be better looking for one with community addons that has lots of mods and stuff.

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Re: What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2016, 04:08:47 PM »
How old a game are you looking for?

Janes Longbow was huge in its day. Outpost was an awesome scifi game.

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Re: What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2016, 04:46:45 PM »
Microprose F-14 Fleet Defender!  The sim that started it all for me!

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Re: What's a nice game to create a tribute website/fansite to?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2016, 04:55:57 PM »
Megafortress by Three-Sixty Pacific, Inc.

Released in 1991. Take command of the fictional EB-52 Megafortress created by the military and espionage novelist Dale Brown.


 

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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2016, 10:12:48 PM »
Thanks for the titles. Brings back many memories. I am open to any and all genres, military sim or otherwise. As long as it is fun.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2016, 12:23:17 AM »
X-wing, or tank platoon were two ok my firsts.

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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2016, 12:01:24 AM »
So many simulations to choose from. I just had a flash of thought. It just hit me. Out of the blue. SteelBeasts. The original SteelBeasts which came out, like what, 2001? It was groundbreaking. Revolutionary in the genre of armor simulation.  Fast graphics, good gameplay, fantastic mission editor,  allowed co-op multiplayer (two gamers could play, one as the Commander, the other as Gunner), and it  had high ratings in all reviews.


Best  of all, if I can generate interest in the history of SteelBeasts Pro PE by highlighting this little puppy, then more Joes and Janes might have their interest piqued enough to try out SteelBeasts Pro PE for themselves. I think that SteelBeasts 1.4 is an ideal bridge between the past and present age of tank simulation. Now if I can only convince SSnake and company to make the original SteelBeasts source code open source. Haha. Mad scientist at work.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2016, 03:10:37 AM »
Good luck with that. Just maybe, you will get what you need.

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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2017, 10:32:28 AM »
I've started work on my second tribute site. Steel Beasts Legacy. Work in progress. Watch this space...and check back in a month's time.
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http://www.moodurian.com/sb/home.html

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