The Simday Papers

Sundays are for stealing the Sunday Papers format from under Kieron’s nose, then using it to share simulation news.

  • Gaijin forget to invite an evil aunt to the christening of their latest air combat sprog. The old bag retaliates by gatecrashing the ceremony and naming the newborn herself. ‘Henceforth, this IL-2 spin-off previously only available on consoles will be known as…  Wings of Prey!’ Not since Microprose’s Ailerons of Adversaries has a flight sim been so grievously monikered.  
  • Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende rage-quits VSTEP’s Ship Simulator Pro after discovering an immersion-shattering collision-detection bug.
  • Still livid the following day, he vows to boycott their next title, a firefighting sim featuring some of the most leisurely fireman ever to wrestle a hose.
  • Deutsch busophiles M-R-Software celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by rebuilding a section of it. Fully-modelled SimGDR ‘a logical next step’ says SimErichHonecker.
  • Space Shuttle Mission 2007 demo thoroughly modernised by never-satisfied SimSquared.
  • Akella explain the thinking behind upcoming MTB sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea. Naval types appreciate the openness but reach for the rum on reading: “The truly epic Jutland battle was over when just a few ships were destroyed. The demise of HMS Hood after having taken just a couple of shots from the “Bismarck” could hardly be considered a typical example of naval combat. A game that is over so quickly would hardly be fun at all.”
  • The latest Battle of Britain: Storm of War screenshot post focuses on the Chianti Raiders. Is Oleg in hock to the Mafia, or is he cunningly preparing the ground for sequel SoW: Murder Over Malta?


  1. Nighthood says:

    Pleased to see a new IL2 title, the originals were the only flight sims I ever enjoyed.

    • bill says:

      One word: Mig Alley!!!!

    • Richard Clayton says:


      Oleg Maddox has already hinted at a Korean air war game on this engine and that it will probably be made by RRG Studios who made Pacific Fighters (and the other expansions) and are working on an undisclosed project called “Project Galba”. Reading between the lines this looks very likely to be a Korean War title. I believe Oleg confirmed this in an interview at some point.

      Oleg’s announcement and some shots of Korean age aircraft in the SOW engine (presumably):

      link to

  2. pepper says:

    I dont think JP balkenende rage quit, the video stated he had to be stopped, thats not really rage quitting. Although i may have misunderstood the video.

  3. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Did you kill Kieron painlessly? :)

  4. Kieron Gillen says:

    Ooh! That Tim Stone! He’s cheeky, but I like him.


  5. Noc says:

    See, he can finish a Sunday Paper without linking to some manner of pop tune.

  6. Frans Coehoorn says:

    Where’s the some manner of pop tune?

  7. Wilson says:

    Oh my god, I hope that Firefighter Simulator turns out good. I loved Emergency 4 (despite it’s faults) and the idea of a game where you actually play firemen sounds great! Though it looks like it needs a lot more work at the moment (which is fair enough for a work in progress).

  8. leeder_krenon says:

    good stuff! thanks for not linking to some crappy student music!

  9. Jim says:

    No you’re correct. Poor guy probably hasn’t enjoyed himself so much in years. Although I bet he now has that set up in his office. ^_^

  10. Andrew Dunn says:

    Hahaha the Balkenende video is great.

    Great to hear that the console IL-2 is coming to PC – I just wish it didn’t have such an atrocious title. And GOD can Storm of Europe please hurry the hell up?

  11. Ben Abraham says:

    Best. Simday. Papers. Ever.

  12. Spacewalk says:

    So, a success then?

  13. ouch. says:

    ice burn

  14. dartt says:

    Oooh, I can’t wait to have a go on Wings of Prey. I tried to the console version demo but my clumsy thumbs can’t make xbox controllers work with sufficient dexterity to keep a plane in the air. I look forward to attempting it again as the blood gods intended (with a Saitek Cyborg 3D).

  15. mrrobsa says:

    Hahaha, nice round-up. Next time Tim you have to ‘avoid’ posting about a band you’re currently listening to for scene cred points! :p

  16. Kommissar Nicko says:

    Crazy Germans and their various simulators.


  17. bill says:

    You know, a really good fire-fighter game would be awesome. One where you are making your way through flaming corridors, hacking through doors, barely holding back the flames, vision obscured by smoke, trying to find a civilian.

    Eg: Backdraft the game.

  18. cowthief skank says:

    Did anybody else read the title as “The Sunday Papers”? Only after Mr Abraham pointed it out did I realise… :-(

  19. CloakRaider says:

    I laughed at how hideous that Firefighting Sim was.
    And that stock music made it all the better.

  20. Heliocentric says:

    KG fails everyweek, but Tim “ironman” Stone succeeds.

  21. EthZee says:

    I prefer this to Keiron’s article. You should do more of these.

  22. Guhndahb says:

    I love the new addition, Tim. Thanks!

  23. TeeJay says:

    Scuba diving sim – does such a thing exist?

    ps. Just in case anyone is under the impression that the UK/Ireland only produces incredibly cool “student” music, last night 15 million Brits (25%) were watching this:

    John & Edward (X-factor 14th Nov) Queen Under Pressure in HD
    link to

    …while another 8 million (13%) were watching this:

    Strictly Come Dancing Ricky Groves Waltzes to ‘Nights In White Satin’
    link to

    Later on the youth of Britain were probably out in nightclubs dancing to stuff like this (prior to covering the town centre in piles of vomit and broken glass): link to
    Angello, Axwell, Ingrosso — Leave The World Behind
    (nb. unofficial video featuring ‘ToonTopia Dance Club’ in ‘Second Life’)


  24. The Dark One says:

    But what about the latest Railworks DLC!?

  25. kert says:

    When will RPS have tags to their posts, so i can pull up things tagged “joystick” ??

  26. stahlwerk says:

    Yes, yes, it boggles (even) the (german) mind.

    Forklifts, cranes, excavators, public buses, firehose-management… you call it labour, we call it excitement!

  27. stahlwerk says:

    ^^^ @Kommissar Nicko, of course.

  28. Pod says:

    The world needs more Fireman games. Infact, now that I think about it, the world could do with more ‘Emergency people’ games in general. I’m not sure if they should be in the form of a hardcore european-style simulation though. (But I suppose that’s better than the “buggy-but-enjoyable-mess” genre that the emergency games & Fire Chief sat in)

  29. KP says:

    Hooray sim news! :D

  30. Joseph says:

    Is the article header image from a game? (and can i play it now please?)


  31. blaargh says:

    Speaking of Jutland, is Koger’s one good? I fiddled about with the demo for a few minutes, but never really gave it a try. I’ve been in the mood for some big guns, though.

  32. Risingson says:

    If this is the time when we talk about IL-2 as a classic or the only fun simulator someone has played, then I think another something is going wrong :(

    Risingson, who never understood the demise of simulator games

    • JonFitt says:

      I don’t think they’re dead at all. I think they just left the mainstream like elves departing for the West.

  33. Jan Haugland says:

    The Battle of Jutland was a major naval engagement in World War I. The HMS Hood was sunk by Bismarck in World War II.

    Confusing, I know.

  34. scandalon says:

    So, where is the (already old?) news that xplane ( is only $30 now? (All 6 dual-layer dvd’s of it…)