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Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters Given March 9 Lift-Off

By Craig Pearson on February 29th, 2012.

Why do jets look sad to me?
Precocious, pondering, prattish younger me used to stand in game shops holding Jane’s Combat Simulation games, marveling at the heft of the box, the grandeur of the screens, imagining Jane at her desk, making a game and being so proud she’d put her name to it. I was stupid. Now I know better: Jane is the second name of military enthusiast Fred T. Jane, and he died in 1916. He didn’t make those games, although given that they were basically manuals made into gaming form, with his love of detailing military hardware he’d probably have enjoyed their elegant air battles and cockpit rendering. As for the latest incarnation, Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters, being released a full decade after the last one, I’m pondering how he’d react. The video below looks fun, sure, but I’m sensing developers Evolved GamesTrickstar have taken a bit of a diversion around realism.
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DCS: P-51D Mustang Sallies Forth

By Craig Pearson on January 23rd, 2012.

"Whee! Look at me fly, daddy!"
In a previous life, I attempted to play a flight sim. I’ve always wanted to be good at them, but with an ever-increasing flighty fidelity in modern sims, that dream is soaring away into the clouds. So while I’m excited about Eagle Dynamics’s newly announced DCS: P-51D Mustang, it’s tinged with melancholy that I’ll never be able to fly like a Mustang.
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