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Nickname Scottish Martial Arts
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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > DCS: Black Shark 2 Hotfix
1. Re: DCS: Black Shark 2 Hotfix Nov 9, 2011, 23:04 Scottish Martial Arts
 
http://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?p=1321328&postcount=2

A complete feature list for Black Shark 2. There was some discussion in an earlier thread over whether or not this was a pay for patch. Now you can decide for yourself.
 
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News Comments > Take On Helicopters Patch Plans
3. Re: Take On Helicopters Patch Plans Nov 5, 2011, 02:42 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Apparently it isn't modelling some important aspects of helicopter dynamics (with fancy names that I don't really understand, like "vortex ring state" and "retreating blade stall"), but people generally have faith that it will improve it seems.

Wow, those are some pretty big omissions from the flight model.

If you're curious, a vortex ring state is a VERY BAD THING which can occur when a slow moving helicopter descends too rapidly. Under normal circumstances, the rotors suck air down through them, creating a downward flowing column of air (see picture). If a helicopter at a hover or slow forward velocity begins to descend rapidly, it runs the risk of generating an upward flow of air in the inner portion of the rotor disk (see picture). Consequently, only part of the rotor disk is actually generating lift, dramatically reducing the helicopter's ability to stay airborne.

But that's only part of the problem. Ordinarily the downward flow of air through the rotor disk turns outward, then upward, then inward, then back down through the rotor disk in a circular pattern, i.e. a vortex. In a vortex ring state however, the air isn't just passing downward through the rotor disk: it's passing upwards too through the inner part of the disk. This means a new vortex is created where the upward and downward flows of air meet (see diagram). This new vortex further hampers rotor efficiency, reducing lift. With reduced lift, the helicopter descends even more rapidly, which means even more air is flowing upwards through the rotor disk, which means the vortexes grow bigger and the descent gets even worse, becoming a vicious cycle.

In order to escape a vortex ring state, the pilot needs to pitch the aircraft forward so that forward velocity develops which leads to translational lift which counteracts and eventually overcome the downward forces of the vortex ring state.

As for retreating blade stall, it's one of the key limiting factors on a helicopter's forward velocity. As a helicopter travels forward, the forward velocity helps spin the advancing rotor blade faster (see diagram). Both the aircraft and the advancing blade are moving the same direction, so the forward velocity of the former aids the latter. But what about the retreating blade? The helicopter is moving the opposite direction from the retreating blade, causing the retreating blade to slow down. As the helicopter continues to gain forward velocity, the retreating blade will slow further and further down until eventually it reaches stall speed and stops producing lift. Without lift in one part of the rotor disk, the helicopter pitches up violently and banks towards the stalled side of the disk. Not quite as bad as a vortex ring state but still something you want to avoid.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2
17. Re: Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2 Nov 3, 2011, 18:23 Scottish Martial Arts
 
link to verify that info please.

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=67747

Q: Does DCS: A-10C use copy protection?
A: Yes, it uses the new user-friendly ProActive AAA Technology.
You will no longer have a fixed number of activations, but in an effort to prevent piracy the system does limit the number of activations per month. Your DCS A-10C serial number is initially set to 8 activations and when they all are spent, 1 activation is added automatically once per 31 days (effectively "refilling" your serial number).
ProActive AAA Technology does not install any drivers on your PC. It works as an integrated part of the DCS files but has no special privileges in your system.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to defend DRM. Rather, I think the DCS series is so good that the rather unobtrusive DRM is worth putting up with, and that Eagle Dynamics is a company which deserves support. And again if the DRM is that much of an issue, nothing is stopping you from buying a legit copy to support further development, while installing the pirated version to circumvent the DRM.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2 Nov 3, 2011, 15:28 Scottish Martial Arts
 
The activations regenerate, dude. The hate against the old Starforce is well deserved, don't get me wrong, but a one time activation is hardly draconian. And if it pisses you off that much buy a license but just install the pirated version. Eagle Dynamics and the Fighter Collection self-publish all their products, so the money goes straight to them, and the DCS series is of such high quality and so unique in today's world of dumbed down console shit that they deserve the support.

Anyone who has even a passing interest in military aviation is fucking themselves if they pass up on DCS simply because of the DRM.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2 Nov 3, 2011, 03:45 Scottish Martial Arts
 
you still need the original

If you want the upgrade version. The standalone version is $40 and doesn't require that you own Black Shark 1.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - DCS: Black Shark 2 Nov 3, 2011, 00:48 Scottish Martial Arts
 
It's essentially a port of Black Shark into the A-10C engine, plus a new campaign and new features. I'd prefer this sort of thing to a patch obviously, but on the other hand Eagle Dynamics is a developer that deserves any bit of cash that comes its way. No one else has the balls to make such a dense and feature rich simulator for such a niche crowd.

Honestly, the rest of gaming feels so... immature after playing a DCS title.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Oct 6, 2011, 12:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
You'd have wasted your time on listening to Rock and Roll, or hanging out with your buddies in a diner, or fixing up a beat-down old car, or (further back), going to see the magic pictures show after the darkness fell and you ran out of petroleum for your little oil lamp.

So you concede then that video games are an utter waste of time?

I know for a fact when I don't have access to a computer I tend to spend my time more productively, as if I've unlocked extra hours out of the day, which in effect I have. Thomas Jefferson, as a young man, would spend 12 hours a day studying. I'm not sure I'd ever manage that even in the best of circumstances, but experience tells me I'd devote a lot more time to the development of my mind than I would otherwise if computers weren't widely available.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Oct 5, 2011, 17:53 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Draugr wrote on Oct 5, 2011, 16:49:
Newer forms of media being treated as a scapegoat for societal woes? Well, isn't that new.


You have to admit though that video games are an utterly unproductive way to spend your time. Maybe I would have found some other way to waste my time, but I can't help but think of how many more books I would have read and languages I would have learned had I been born before video games were invented.
 
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a "Cautionary Tale"
37. Re: Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a Aug 12, 2011, 16:53 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I'm just impressed that Creston is still butthurt about IW nearly 8 years later.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy: Two Civilization V DLC Packs
3. Re: Steamships Ahoy: Two Civilization V DLC Packs Aug 11, 2011, 17:52 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Prez wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 17:43:
5 bucks for 3 new wonders? Seriously?

It includes a scenario as well.
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. Jul 12, 2011, 18:40 Scottish Martial Arts
 
As soon as I saw the headline, I knew there'd be pages and pages of butthurt.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jun 22, 2011, 23:35 Scottish Martial Arts
 
In N Out is a West Coast institution. Truly the best hamburgers for your buck.  
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News Comments > ThunderHawk Studios Formed by Mad Catz
11. Re: ThunderHawk Studios Formed by Mad Catz Jun 2, 2011, 11:50 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cliffs of Dover has improved a LOT since release but it's still pretty unoptimized and buggy. I suspect by the time of the official US release it ought to be in pretty decent shape. It's definitely a fun sim with some nice new features: it just was released 6 months too early.  
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News Comments > ThunderHawk Studios Formed by Mad Catz
9. Re: ThunderHawk Studios Formed by Mad Catz Jun 1, 2011, 19:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I suppose it is when you play without all the simmy parts of it - but on high realism it can be fairly hard.

IL-2 takes some time to master but it's not a complicated sim. The challenge comes from a realistic portrayal of WWII air combat, not managing avionics and complicated systems like in a modern jet sim. The difference between full realism settings and beginner settings is primarily one of physics. With realism you have to master flying an aircraft, while with beginner settings it's simply a matter of putting crosshair on target. If mastering an aircraft doesn't appeal to you, then a realistic flight sim simply isn't for you, no matter how accessible it's made.

Personally I love the challenge posed by flying and fighting in IL-2 and Cliffs of Dover. Every kill takes extraordinary skill, which means it never stops being exciting.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer
8. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer May 28, 2011, 18:10 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Flatline wrote on May 28, 2011, 17:38:
My problem with SC2 is that while there may be a lot of missions, the overall gameplay length was somewhere around one campaign from SC2 since so many missions were completable in about half an hour. So despite claims to the contrary, it really is paying full price for 3 chapters.

Maybe you haven't played Starcraft 1 recently or something but most of its missions only took about a half hour to finish too. The only hour plus missions I can think of are the last mission of the original Protoss campaign and the last mission of Brood War.
 
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News Comments > Levine on the Possibility of a BioShock Movie
5. Re: Levine on the Possibility of a BioShock Movie May 26, 2011, 02:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on May 25, 2011, 21:56:
Speak for yourself Bioshock would make for a great flick. I'd love to see Rapture and the Big Daddys on the big screen!

All I can envision is a schlocky B-horror movie with pretentious overtones.
 
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News Comments > Penny Arcade Interview
4. Re: Penny Arcade Interview Apr 17, 2011, 02:45 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I cannot stand the PA guys to be honest.  
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News Comments > More Games to Use the Skyrim Engine
11. Re: another tiddlybit from engineer boss Jan 25, 2011, 12:44 Scottish Martial Arts
 
The difference is that Quake 1 was an incredibly solid engine. Gamebryo, on the other hand, is a colossal piece of shit.  
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced
21. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced Jan 19, 2011, 21:28 Scottish Martial Arts
 
zirik wrote on Jan 19, 2011, 20:38:
is oleg involved in this expansion? he needs to focus on finishing SOW.

This IS Storms of War. They just attached the IL-2 brand to it and changed the title to something a touch less generic.
 
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced
7. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Announced Jan 19, 2011, 00:44 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 19, 2011, 00:03:
They had better bring that CE version to the US, I want that 150 page instruction manual!

Likewise. This will be a day one, collector's edition purchase for me.
 
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