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RoyalHighlander
03-20-2007, 08:01 AM
My self I use these games to relax. Ive owned all the Sh games even Destroyer Command too and have all the Microsoft flight sims too.. Enjoy being in the drivers seat so to speak.. I drive heavy equipment in the oil fields here in Alberta and most every trip is off road into the mountains, full chain up etc and its pretty hairy some times especially during the winter months.. When I get home I plug in SH3 and lose myself for a few hours either in a career mode or in multiplayer with other good people from the sim community here..After an hour or two I'll be unwound enough to be able to get some sleep... Its sort of like my valium lol.. Why do YOU play??? I thought this would be an interesting topic for a change of pace here
If any one wants to see pics of what I do and where I go PM me and ill send a link.. You may find it intersting...


http://thumb15.webshots.net/t/59/659/0/4/63/2434004630100355095hveysE_th.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/album/557271430POXVfW)

maidensblush
03-20-2007, 10:01 AM
I used to play Silent Service on my Amiga (my 1st computer) day in and out many years ago. For it's time it was a tremendous game. Like yourself, it was a very relaxing excercise and I loved the strategy element without the stress cept maybe when DD were around.

I have tried some RTS games of today and found that they stressed me out making me dislike them in short order. I was at a buddies place and he let me have a go at SH III. I very nearly immediately took a liking to it. That was about two months ago. Now...I have just pre-ordered SHIV in Feb and simply cannot wait. It was shipped today!

I love sub sims because it is very much like mixing hunting with strategy along with a big dollop of geometry and mathematics/physics to boot.

I only can only pray and hope it will run ok on my Dell Latitude D810. If not...I will have to wait until I get my Mac Pro in October this year to play it (hopefully) with bootcamp.

Cheers!

faust451
03-20-2007, 07:15 PM
One of the top-three games I had as a kid was Silent Service for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. I played that game for years and it installed a deep fascination with submarines that exists in me to this day. Whenever I am away from home on business, one of the first things I check for is to see if a naval museum is nearby with the hopes of some submarine mementos/artifacts. As for the game, I enjoy the strategy elements as well as the real-world setting. Silent Hunter, as well as Flight Simulator, provides a nice distraction from the stresses of my normal day. Many of my friends do not get why I like the games so much, but then again I do not get why they love online poker so much either; it all boils down to what works for you in your life.

SDwoody34
03-21-2007, 08:41 AM
Eversince I visited the sub my cousin used to be on in the 80's I got hooked.
I read a lot about the u-boats. Played silent service and aces of the deep for years. They got replaced by SH1 in the good old dos days.
What i like about sub sims is the tension you feel, after a succesfull run on a convoy being chased for hours.

Mando86
03-21-2007, 09:25 AM
My first sim was SH3, I dunno it just seems so appealing to me a u boat commander evading ships while trying to pick off the conveys, other times it is actually quite relaxing. I just put it on normal time and watch the sub just sail until a plane or ship apporaches then it;s right back into the action.

tambor198
03-21-2007, 09:40 AM
I've always had a fascination about the US Submarine in the Pacific since my days back in high school so the games have a natural allure. I've always read everything about them that I could lay my hands on. I still play SH1 as a member of the Pacific Thunder Campaign. Great Stuff. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif



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javas-revenge
03-21-2007, 02:07 PM
Sh3 and 4

1 - i like realistic sims.
2 - you have to think.
3 - with sh3 and part 4 i can take revenge
for the dutch marine in the java sea.
(my grandpa worked for the dutch marine
with the java and sumatra he was
mostly in the far east)
4 - its enjoyable
5 - its satisfying
6 - have had all subsims.
7 - Get an idea how it was.
8 - They gave you real nerves when a destroyer
is chasing you.
9 - It give me rest.

What do i have more to say?

ThornNRazor
03-21-2007, 10:39 PM
I love them, because I can go to bed with them late at night and they never talk back or disobey my requests to sink my long, hard, sub into their warm depths.......... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

the.FliX
03-24-2007, 05:25 PM
I love sims because I want a challenge when I play something. On top of that, I am always very interested in technology and machinery... I just love to have to LEARN a game, the first perfect landing in FS or the first totally manual torpedo hit in SH is really a rewarding experience for a game.

A game for me has to be like that, or it has to tell a thrilling story and have a very dense and special atmosphere... that makes a good game.

RedTerex
03-24-2007, 05:57 PM
Its a challenge and makes you use the ol grey matter.

The strategics envolved in the hunt, track and kill of that ship are always enjoyable.

HEAT.GRLSOV
03-24-2007, 06:45 PM
I like simulators because:
You don't get many "I pwnzorz joo!" people. Their communities are more serious.
They are challenging.
You can appreciate what people did and do in planes, tanks, subs, etc.
Take long to master, but are very satisfying.
And other stuff. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
They also "train" your patience, in a good way. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Raiden709
03-24-2007, 11:00 PM
I enjoy simulations, this one in particular because, as everyone has said already it makes you think. Makes you appreciate what people did / do. Normal games are fun enough, ie: FPS's, RTS's RPG's, and Ive played and will continue to play them periodically, but they dont have the the same feel as a good sim. My friend came over the other day and was like "What are you doin, playin a ****in game?" (this guy does martial arts everyday all the time and is pissed cause I dont train with him as much as of recently, lol) My response was...."Its not a game....its....a simulation." I proceeded to show him how in "depth" the game is in relation to the TDC and firing solutions...he was pretty impressed once he gave it a chance. So to sum it all up, simulations are where its at, Microsoft flight sims are fun, Silent Hunter is SERIOUS FUN.

Warspite2
03-24-2007, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by RoyalHighlander:
My self I use these games to relax. Ive owned all the Sh games even Destroyer Command too and have all the Microsoft flight sims too.. Enjoy being in the drivers seat so to speak.. I drive heavy equipment in the oil fields here in Alberta and most every trip is off road into the mountains, full chain up etc and its pretty hairy some times especially during the winter months.. When I get home I plug in SH3 and lose myself for a few hours either in a career mode or in multiplayer with other good people from the sim community here..After an hour or two I'll be unwound enough to be able to get some sleep... Its sort of like my valium lol.. Why do YOU play??? I thought this would be an interesting topic for a change of pace here
If any one wants to see pics of what I do and where I go PM me and ill send a link.. You may find it intersting...


http://thumb15.webshots.net/t/59/659/0/4/63/2434004630100355095hveysE_th.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/album/557271430POXVfW)

Its an escape from the real world. I love being able to practically go back in time and experience WW2 first hand in a simulation. I have always had an interst in naval history especially the pacific war. Some of these games look so real as SH4 does, it makes you feel as if you are really at sea!

Kohr-Ah
03-26-2007, 01:01 AM
I've always loved sims pretty much the same way you do, and I have those sub and Fli-sims too. Matter of fact for nostalgia's purpose, here are some of the simulations I enjoyed on my IBM-PC with a CGA card (see if you remember any of these):

1) F-19 Stealth Fighter
2) Red Storm Rising
3) Test Drive 1 & 2
3) Grand Prix Racing
4) F-15 Strike Eagle
5) F-16 Fighting Falcon
6) LHX Attack Chopper
7) Gunship
8) Silent Service
9) Chuck Yeagers Aircombat
10) **** there's too many of them games! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

RoyalHighlander
03-28-2007, 08:01 PM
Originally posted by ThornNRazor:
I love them, because I can go to bed with them late at night and they never talk back or disobey my requests to sink my long, hard, sub into their warm depths.......... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
ROTFLMFAO http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

kboardkowboy
03-28-2007, 09:48 PM
One of the main reasons why i play these type of games is that they are not that linear.

NoN linear gameplay is very important to me as it prolongs the life of the game (and you have Elite to thank for that)

In response to Kohr-Ah see if any you remember these from the days of the spectrum or c64

1: Hunter killer (1983)the first sub game i ever played i think

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u178/keyboardkowboy/hk1.jpg

2: Silent Service (1986) done by Sid Meier (ubergod) and later re-released under a compilation called "air\sea supremacy" which also featured Gunship , F15 strike Eagle, Carrier Command and P47 thunderbolt and released by UBI SOFT.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u178/keyboardkowboy/ss1.jpg

Tarnish_UK
03-29-2007, 06:47 AM
Like a few others here you can "blame" Sid Meier, Microprose and Silent Service on the Commodore C64 for my love of WW2 US Subs. I owned Silent Service II on the Amiga too. No other subsim came close to the feel of those games until I played SH3 but even then I was yearning for the Pacific and a Gato.

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klcarroll
03-29-2007, 06:54 AM
Yeah, .....Sid did a great job! I can remember "wasting" hundreds of hours playing the original Silent Service, with it's four color CGA graphics and the pathetic pc speaker sound: ....Even with those limitations, the game had an "immersion factor".

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Lokki1980
03-29-2007, 06:59 AM
For me sims are a great way to immerse yourself away from reality for a while. I started with silent service on the Amiga (what a machine for its day!) and fell in love. I've loved the sea since before i could walk, surfing, sailing, diving etc and sub sims tap into that love (and the satisfying big blowy up bits)

With no disrespect to SH, but when it came out was it arevamped silent service? From memory they seemed very similar.