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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 > Take On Helicopters Demo
3. Re: Take On Helicopters Demo Nov 30, 2011, 13:55 Scottish Martial Arts
Not to my knowledge. I haven't been following the sim that closely, but the real heli pilots on the official forum have been complaining that a lot of stuff is missing, backwards, or just plain wrong with the flight model.  
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News Comments > Take On Helicopters Demo
1. Re: Take On Helicopters Demo Nov 30, 2011, 13:34 Scottish Martial Arts
Still in shock that the flight model for this sim doesn't model vortex ring states or retreating blade stalls. Makes me wonder what the point of a civil helicopter sim is if the only danger in flying a helicopter is running into the terrain. Still I'll probably check out this demo -- I do love flight sims.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
31. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 29, 2011, 19:51 Scottish Martial Arts
Beamer wrote on Nov 29, 2011, 14:13:
Man, that video.
I understand that for some people being a pilot is a dream, same with people in Japan buying that train simulator, but for me that crosses the line into "work, not game," with the likes of Animal Crossing and WoW.

It's actually quite fun if you don't insist on instant gratification. Much of what makes complex flight simulators so enjoyable is the sense of learning, and immediately putting into practice, a skill. If you like helicopters and learning more about them, then learning the work flow behind starting one up is immensely gratifying. And that's the other thing: just watching the video without any narration makes it look like you're flipping switches without rhyme or reason. What's actually going on is an organized process that follows the same general outline but allows for individual customization. The uploader's start-up procedure is quite different from mine, but knowing the general outline allowed me to follow what he was doing and predict what he was going to do next.

If you're curious the basic outline is as follows:
turn on battery or external power so you can start up the APU
turn on APU to power engine start up
start up engines
shut down APU
turn on electrically powered systems now that the engines are generating electrical power
configure systems/turn on miscellaneous systems
take off

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
24. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 28, 2011, 01:41 Scottish Martial Arts
Want to fire a Maverick at a target in Simulation Mode?

1. Make the HUD the Sensor of Interest (SOI ) by tapping the coolie hat up once.
2. Press the Master Mode Control Button until CCIP mode is set.
3. Tap the DMS left or right to call up the Maverick weapon profile.
4. Tap coolie right until the Maverick screen is displayed on the right MFCD.
(Alternatively, press the OSB button labeled “MAV”)
5. Press and hold coolie right to make the Maverick screen SOI.
(Alternatively, press the “MAV” OSB button a second time)
6. Use the slew control on the throttle to point the Maverick screen at the target.
7. No lock? Keep trying. Stabilize the Maverick sensor with respect to the ground by tapping the TMS key aft.
8. Once the target is locked (indicated by a flashing cross on the Maverick display), press and hold the weapons release button for at least 2 seconds to launch the missile.
9. Wait for the big gooey explosion.

The review makes it sound a lot more complicated than it is. Those steps are accurate, but it's all part of an intuitive workflow that you quickly pick up on. I use a checklist for startup and shutdown so I don't forget anything, but otherwise flying an A-10C is pretty straightforward. Learning all of the CDU functionality takes a little bit of time though, I'll give you that.

Edit: And yes, I'd say that DCS is superior to IL-2.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 27, 2011, 15:00 Scottish Martial Arts
I did get DCS:A10 though & its AWESOME!!


Best flight simulator ever, imo.
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News Comments > Skyrim Soars
25. Re: Skyrim Soars Nov 12, 2011, 04:09 Scottish Martial Arts
The 1988 one. The 2001 sequel is supposed to be one of the worst games ever made afaik.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Soars
23. Re: Skyrim Soars Nov 12, 2011, 03:21 Scottish Martial Arts
Meh, I'm playing Pool of Radiance for the first time and loving it. Not seeing much need to give Bethesda my money.  
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News Comments > Dungeons & Dragons Collections
22. Re: Dungeons & Dragons Collections Nov 10, 2011, 14:35 Scottish Martial Arts
And if you've been paying attention, you will have bought these off GOG for pennies in the past few months already anyway.

Or you still have your original boxed copies.
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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

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.

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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