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Tallyho1961
11-28-2004, 10:43 AM
I recently got to thinking about what I've gained as a result of discovering the IL2 series a year ago, and decided to put my thoughts down here.

1. Learned what an aircraft cockpit looks like, and how all of the instruments and controls operate.

2. learned to identify dozens of historic combat aircraft. My newfound interest caused me to visit Canada's national aviation museum twice in the past year, where I saw many of them up close.

3. Learned how many WWII aircraft flew - and fought. Once again, my interest caused me to visit a local flight school, sit in a Cessna 152 and pretty much decide to take flying lessons some day.

4. Learned how to fly many WWII aircraft - in a virtual sense anyway.

5. Learned about the contribution of the various airforces in the greatest human conflict of all time. I must have purchased 15 books on WWII aircraft, cockpits, pilot's memoirs, historical accounts, etc. in the past year.

6. Learned how to take better care of my PC through learning how to optimize its performance for IL2 - especially how to optimize a graphics card's performance.

7. Learned what a HOTAs is and how to customize its software so that I can fly more realistically, and more easily.

8. Learned about TrackIR and how to customize its software for an even more realistic virtual flying experience.

9. Learned that communities of flight sim enthususiasts such as this one exist, and that there are lots of talented people who design beautiful skins, build exciting, well-thought out missions, create great independent "helper" programs (the Quick Mission Tuner comes first to mind) and provide expert technical advice - for free. On more than one occasion I found myself stuck, posted a question to one of the IL2 forums and never had long to wait before people came up with the advice I needed.

10. Learned to get excited about the various patches, add-ons and upgrades that make IL2 a living product - one that just gets better all the time. I even had the honour of receiving a thoughtful, personal response from the President of 1C: Maddox when I posted a bug report a few weeks back.

For all of this VALUE, not to mention the sheer pleasure of using this awesome, beautiful, delightful product, I've paid UBI, and through them 1C: Maddox, the princely sum of something like $150 Canadian (IL2, FB, AEP and PF all purchased in the past year).

Last night I flew a few desert missions in a Warhawk. In one, the sun was just coming up and the light was lovely. My wingmen were tucked in tight on my starboard side. The aircraft was trimmed to perfection at about 5000 feet and, as I headed out over the dunes toward the uncannily realistic-looking water, fluffy white clouds streaming past my wingtips, I reflected on the enormous amount of vision, imagination, dedication and hard work it must have taken to bring a product like this to life. I also thought about how much I've gained from discovering it 12 months ago. In my opinion, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Happy flying to all of you and a tremendous round of applause for Oleg Maddox and his super-talented team for developing the IL2 series and caring enough to improve it all the time.

S!

Tallyho1961
11-28-2004, 10:43 AM
I recently got to thinking about what I've gained as a result of discovering the IL2 series a year ago, and decided to put my thoughts down here.

1. Learned what an aircraft cockpit looks like, and how all of the instruments and controls operate.

2. learned to identify dozens of historic combat aircraft. My newfound interest caused me to visit Canada's national aviation museum twice in the past year, where I saw many of them up close.

3. Learned how many WWII aircraft flew - and fought. Once again, my interest caused me to visit a local flight school, sit in a Cessna 152 and pretty much decide to take flying lessons some day.

4. Learned how to fly many WWII aircraft - in a virtual sense anyway.

5. Learned about the contribution of the various airforces in the greatest human conflict of all time. I must have purchased 15 books on WWII aircraft, cockpits, pilot's memoirs, historical accounts, etc. in the past year.

6. Learned how to take better care of my PC through learning how to optimize its performance for IL2 - especially how to optimize a graphics card's performance.

7. Learned what a HOTAs is and how to customize its software so that I can fly more realistically, and more easily.

8. Learned about TrackIR and how to customize its software for an even more realistic virtual flying experience.

9. Learned that communities of flight sim enthususiasts such as this one exist, and that there are lots of talented people who design beautiful skins, build exciting, well-thought out missions, create great independent "helper" programs (the Quick Mission Tuner comes first to mind) and provide expert technical advice - for free. On more than one occasion I found myself stuck, posted a question to one of the IL2 forums and never had long to wait before people came up with the advice I needed.

10. Learned to get excited about the various patches, add-ons and upgrades that make IL2 a living product - one that just gets better all the time. I even had the honour of receiving a thoughtful, personal response from the President of 1C: Maddox when I posted a bug report a few weeks back.

For all of this VALUE, not to mention the sheer pleasure of using this awesome, beautiful, delightful product, I've paid UBI, and through them 1C: Maddox, the princely sum of something like $150 Canadian (IL2, FB, AEP and PF all purchased in the past year).

Last night I flew a few desert missions in a Warhawk. In one, the sun was just coming up and the light was lovely. My wingmen were tucked in tight on my starboard side. The aircraft was trimmed to perfection at about 5000 feet and, as I headed out over the dunes toward the uncannily realistic-looking water, fluffy white clouds streaming past my wingtips, I reflected on the enormous amount of vision, imagination, dedication and hard work it must have taken to bring a product like this to life. I also thought about how much I've gained from discovering it 12 months ago. In my opinion, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Happy flying to all of you and a tremendous round of applause for Oleg Maddox and his super-talented team for developing the IL2 series and caring enough to improve it all the time.

S!

tsisqua
11-28-2004, 11:19 AM
Hear, hear!


For me, it was the discovery that I had only learned a fleck in school about the Eastern Front during WWII. I am so grateful for the educational value of this product . . . not to mention the endless hours of fun that it has provided.


Tsisqua

Targ
11-28-2004, 02:08 PM
Great post Tallyho!

willyvic
11-28-2004, 02:11 PM
Well put Tallyho. Amazing what a dedicated group of flight enthusiasts can muster up.

WV.

Bearcat99
11-28-2004, 04:08 PM
Did you mention that you get to regularly converse with people from all over the globe whom you otherwise wouldnt even know existed.

carguy_
11-28-2004, 04:16 PM
My comp magazine made a review of "IL2 Sturmovik" 10 months after I saw the game in TVgamechannel.The game really changed my life http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

F0_Dark_P
11-28-2004, 04:40 PM
this game has absolutely changed my life, i got a whole bunch of new friends that i surely wouldent have met if i dident start to play this game, no i cant even se how my life would have bean without this game, il2 is a part of my life

SandyC1953
11-28-2004, 11:57 PM
IL-2 changed my existence, too. I had never played a flightsim before and IL-2 hooked me. The other night I returned drained from a mission escorting B-17s to bomb Potsdam. The immersion was fantastic, especially when the searchlights were flickering through the sky and the sirens wailing as the night fighters cut through the bomber stream. Amazing experiences day after day, week after week for a few bucks and great suppiort from the developers and community. This has got to be some of the best value for money on the planet. Bravo, Oleg and team!

crazyivan1970
11-29-2004, 12:23 AM
All that and bunch of great friends.

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
11-29-2004, 01:11 AM
Great friends Great info Great fun

serious bloody R.S.I and neck ache http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Freycinet
11-29-2004, 03:40 AM
Apart from the benifits listed here, I personlly benefited in another way. I reviewed Il-2 for an Aviation magazine here in Denmark and became their flight sim reviewer, so I have since been quite well paid for articles (and had the added benefit of receiving the sims for free, as well as trackir and other stuff I have been reviewing).

MajorBloodnok
11-29-2004, 06:23 AM
Good post TallyHo1961.

After 3 years of flying IL2 and its successors I still think that the immersion level of this sim, the dedication of the developer, and the generally good natured helpfulness and inventiveness of this community make this game experience the best in the world.

Salutations all!

The190Flyer
11-29-2004, 06:40 AM
Yes, this was a great post TallyHo. I think this sim has taught a lot of people about WWII history in general about the great battles that were fought in the air and on the ground. And this sim has taught a bunch of people about computer maintenance. For me most of all has taught me about a more in depth look at WWII, and now I always enjoy a good story about WWII, whatever it might be.

S! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

a.k.a. BIFF P-51 PILOT in ubi.com lobbies

ednew
11-29-2004, 07:48 AM
I had not even thought of owning a computer till I saw a copy of IL2 in a store in November 2001. Since then I have now invested thousands of $'s and thousands of hours learning about pc's to get the most out of this incredible sim.
Many Thanks to OLEG

DarthElvis
11-29-2004, 08:43 AM
Changed my life too.
11. Have to make $1500/month in alimony payments,
but at least I can shoot with proper deflection.
Thanks Oleg :/



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|Exciter|
11-29-2004, 09:00 AM
Very true on all aspects here. This sim series is a true history lesson everytime i jump into any given plane. I also find myself watching Discovery Wings and the Discovery Channel every chance i get when the subject is about WW2 aircraft etc. I have much respect for all those flyboys and anyone who can fly a real plane, i am always so interested in their stories and "hangar chat" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif


and one last final quote:

Learned that there is life after marriage http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Thanx UBI, Oleg and 1C and friends http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

1.JaVA_Hornet
11-29-2004, 11:23 AM
This game has enrichen my life.

I have some more points than the first post.

- you know more about the wwii above russia.
- you know more geographicaly the finland and
russian landscape.
- you now know that the russian airplanes were
also good ones.
- navigating is much better now.
- you have more respect for the wwii pilots who gave their lives.
- you now know how difficult is to land on a carrier. (in real life it was more difficult)

That were a few points.

BSS_Goat
11-29-2004, 07:20 PM
Things its given me...
1- insomnia
2- aching back
3- carpal tunnel syndrome
4- burning red eyes
5- empty wallet
6- pissed wife
7- dejected children
8- angry boss

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heywooood
11-29-2004, 07:37 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif...errm.. Goat.

I love it too much this FB AEP PF majigger.

TX Rahman
11-29-2004, 09:14 PM
I agree with the posts above.

Have met a great bunch of folks who I never would have otherwise. Have gone to many airshows as well and recently even was able to meet Lt. Col. Lee Archer and a bunch of other Tuskegee Airmen...what an honor!

Salute to Oleg and crew... You gentlemen have brought countless hours of fun, learning, and comraderie into my life. Thanks!

Lunix
11-29-2004, 09:37 PM
Great post! Best 9.99 bargain bin impulse buy I ever made. Of course lots more has gone into it since then but still...

Breeze147
11-30-2004, 08:39 AM
A few things just off the top of my head:

1. Taking off at dawn on Kuban map. How did they get the quality of the light just right? The shading of the mountains? The light in your cockpit as you pass the fire barrels and the end of the runway? Just amazing!

2. When the screen goes black or you find yourself helplessly out of control screaming toward the ground. How many did that for real? What were their final thoughts? How many fought the controls to the last second? How many sat back and accepted their fate?

3. The times when you do something truly incredible. You sit back and just say "Wow, that was fun."

|Exciter|
11-30-2004, 10:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BSS_Goat:
Things its given me...
1- insomnia
2- aching back
3- carpal tunnel syndrome
4- burning red eyes
5- empty wallet
6- pissed wife
7- dejected children
8- angry boss

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yes that about sums it up,,,LMAO

But we love it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif