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Bearcat99
08-21-2006, 03:55 PM
OK.... So we have this diverse community that came from the four corners of simdom... Me I like the sim and I am happy with it.. got IL2 in early 02 and was hooked... it could be better... but I am satisfied. There is enough here to keep my busy till well after BoB comes out.

crazyivan1970
08-21-2006, 03:59 PM
BC, you need one more choice lol..


5) I dont remember

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faustnik
08-21-2006, 04:00 PM
Lots of us got hooked with the IL-2 demo.

marc_hawkins
08-21-2006, 04:01 PM
FB for me, and thank bagpuss for it or otherwise i'd be gritting my teeth through CFS3...

TeufelHund84
08-21-2006, 04:12 PM
Yet another option in my case at least; I downloaded the old school demo on a whim and was hooked, months later I got PF+AEP+FB and an X45....4.04m is all I've known and despite the steep learning curve the game has (my first sim) I can never seem to find time to play enough.

Never flown online before, flying against the AI is at best irritating and at worst infuriating so I've only been practicing until I can actually play online without spending most of my playtime as a crater on the ground.

Long story short, great game and I'll definitely be keeping it and looking forward to BoB.

Divine-Wind
08-21-2006, 04:21 PM
The original IL-2, the game that started it all. I got it for a birthday the same year it came out, or maybe 2002, and have been hooked ever since.

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AH_Gonzo
08-21-2006, 04:50 PM
I had the original IL2 before I ever played online. When I did eventually start playing a sim online it was CFS2. MY PC had trouble handling IL2 and the CFS games ran a lot better on it.
By the time Forgotten Battles came out, I had a better PC and I could enjoy the game but my squadron mates were still in CFS2. Slowly but surely, we saw the error of our ways and migrated here, lol. We were one of the last squadrons to make the transition.
Sure there are some things that could be better, but nothing is perfect. We€ll probably be one of the last squadrons to transition from this to BoB, lol.

Hashmark13
08-21-2006, 04:56 PM
The choices aren't adequate. Add this one:

My parents bought me and my sister a Yamaha 80 dirtbike (age 10?), a year or so later they said they were selling it to get us a computer. about 7 years later, we finally get the computer. I had some cash from my birthday (I'm about 14 at the time), see Medal of Honour: Allied Assault, buy it on a whim, since I used to play MoH on PS1 and enjoyed it.

I play online, picking random servers, finally I find the "tactical realism" servers and stick with those. Run into a squad called the FJR6, leader is MrOblongo, he loves realism, and so of course he loved IL2. He recommends it to me, I play it on and off for 2 years between fits of boredom.

Finally I get into the online community via HyperLobby, meet a squad, and months later I am finally a competant combat pilot. 18 now, so.. quite a chain of events!

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SeaFireLIV
08-21-2006, 05:03 PM
Got here through IL2 after being directed to it from an online Squad.

IL2 has been the longest running sim and game -ever out of every program I`ve had. I still love the game and the only reason I might have gripes is simply because I`ve become accustomed to so many things and (rather childishly) would like to see more, which hopefully BOB will bring about.

In my humble opinion it is still the BEST sim out there, but it is shadowed warily by BOBwov by shockwave. But Shockwave`s bob is really more a complimentary sim than true challenger (which is good). But IL2 simply doesn`t leave my drive. Also, IL2`s done quite a lot for me in my life.

Extreme_One
08-21-2006, 05:13 PM
I came here after deciding to try a new gaming experience.
I was seeking 'immmersion' so I thought that a flight-stick and flight-sim would achieve that for me.

I so very nearly bought CFS3 but IL2 Sturmovik was on special offer so that was what I bought. I'm so glad I made that decision now!

This was about 3 months before FB was released. Boy did I feel silly when I realised the new sim was imminent!

But IL2 grabbed me in a way no other game ever had before so I duly rushed out to buy FB when it arrived.

I've been here ever since, although I'm currently taking a break from flying.

I (just can't keep away from this place) think I'll be back one day though....

T_O_A_D
08-21-2006, 05:19 PM
Since the Demo
Obviously Hooked
Drug my CFS buddies along by starting my Own Squad MAD_Squadron (Missouri Air Defence) Changed the name after about a year, to 131st_VFW (Virtual Flight Wing) Out of Respect for the real 131st located here in Missouri. This lasted about 4 years, I shut it down a little over 2 years ago. Since then until two weeks ago had been flyng freely.
But now I'm a PIG http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Taylortony
08-21-2006, 05:54 PM
I came on the number 27 bus............

redfeathers1948
08-21-2006, 06:01 PM
S~ I started flight sims with SU-27 version 1.0 in '96. took about a year before I figured out how to go online.....I bought IL2 but didnt fly it much untill I got this big bad puter in 2004.
3.8 pentium 2 gig ram raedon 850xt and a dsl internet hook up..havent looked back and now have ch everything and trackIR4. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Beaufort-RAF
08-21-2006, 06:09 PM
Originally posted by faustnik:
Lots of us got hooked with the IL-2 demo.

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Gold_Monkey
08-21-2006, 06:29 PM
I'm just a flight sim junkie. Tried most of them in the last 10 years. Keep the good ones, especially the ones with multi play capabilities.

slappedsilly
08-21-2006, 06:36 PM
I got some new computer (was wonderful then, just junk now) and went out to get the latest flight sim. I didn't even know what an IL2 was, but bought it because it was said to be the one. I was simply amazed. Then I was amazed to find out a M$ joystick didn't work with a M$ operating system. Oh well.

Jaws2002
08-21-2006, 06:41 PM
Originally posted by Beaufort-RAF:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by faustnik:
Lots of us got hooked with the IL-2 demo.

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I'll never forget the shock and joy after I bent my first prop. I think was in P-39(?) in that intercept mission on the rain. I sat there laughing watching the rain drops fall on the windshield and the prop all messed up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Brain32
08-21-2006, 06:50 PM
I got IL2 orig in 2003, played it a few months then decided to visit the site thinking there may be patches and stuff and I was like "WTF is Forgotten Battles?" and that's it..

fordfan25
08-21-2006, 07:16 PM
Got FB not to long after it came out. i was try'n to diside between it and the first BF1942 . could bearly blay on deceant settings with my 1.6p4 256ram and craptastic gf2mx. upgraded to a ati 9500pro and up to 512 ram. played offline up till roughly a year or so then i tryed UBI server for awhile then got HL. played online in HL for a long while then one night got invited to join the CIA squad by CIA_Mean who reconized my mad skillz at vaulthing and abilty to accedintly TK even the best player LOL http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif .

Messaschnitzel
08-21-2006, 07:18 PM
I remember reading about a flight sim that was being developed where you could blow up tanks with a Sturmovik, and when it was released, I purchased it and have not looked back. Even if there were never any of the patches or addons developed and made available, I would still be happy crashing and burning the planesets on the original disk! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

As far as finding the IL2 website, I don't rightly recall. I do remember coming here for a long time before I signed up though.

SkyChimp
08-21-2006, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
OK.... So we have this diverse community that came from the four corners of simdom... Me I like the sim and I am happy with it.. got IL2 in early 02 and was hooked... it could be better... but I am satisfied. There is enough here to keep my busy till well after BoB comes out.

I've been here since this website started. If it weren't for software updates, or whatever it is that keeps clearing our post count numbers, I'd have something like 12,000 posts. Everyone one of them deep and meaningful http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

jensenpark
08-21-2006, 07:27 PM
Combination of that great cover art on the first box at a computer store...and stumbling across this forum.

Hook, line and sinker it got me...

edgflyer
08-21-2006, 08:04 PM
Well, first I was a twinkle in my daddies eyes, then the folks did, nevermind, you know what they did, and my mom drove my dad nuts for nine months sending him out at odd hours of the night for ice cream, watermelon, and chinese food. Then I was born and here I am today http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

willyvic
08-21-2006, 08:07 PM
Been here since it was just a gleam in Oleg's eye. Migrated from the "other" Combat Flight Sims. I remember when skychimp was just a chimp, when Heavy Delta was skinny as a rail, and when the Blitzpigs were just an unruly bunch of ready room cronies. <--Glad to see some things never change... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Best damn purchase in the area of flight gaming I have made. Only MSFS has outlasted IL on my harddrive. Looking forward to some more years with this franchise.

WV.

EDIT *Holy cow edgflyer, that's scary the way we think alike...

Esel1964
08-21-2006, 08:21 PM
I've been coming here to learn some of the stuff I couldn't figure out since Forgotten Battles was new-and I'm still coming here to learn more... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Only started posting recently.

edgflyer
08-21-2006, 09:06 PM
EDIT *Holy cow edgflyer, that's scary the way we think alike...

That is because great minds............or did it go another way.......hmmmmmmmmmmmm http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

BiscuitKnight
08-21-2006, 09:41 PM
Don't know if it applies to me, but I was loaned the original Il-2 years back, after I mentioned to a guy how much I liked Janes WWII Fighters. I remember crashing from take off three times when he showed it to me on his machine (he was re-installing Windows on mine, as I had no idea how to at that stage). I had it for a few weeks, got used to it and played through the campain until the early Kursk missions, then gave it back to him when I was still mastering landings.

I thought nothing of it (couldn't remember the title, to be honest) until I read a review in a paper about how Forgotten Battles had gotten an abyssmal mark when reviewed, but now after several patches it was worth a second look. Bought it a few days later and never looked back. Just recently I bought PF and AEP to go with it (I wanted to fly Bf-110s and Ju-88s mainly, but I was interested in the other planes, such as He-162s and SBDs). The Boonty Bore "installer" was just a lump of files, so I had to drop them onto my install of Il-2FB, then merge PF with it. The Boonty "install" had a hinky conf.ini file that had the shift, alt, escape and mouse lines removed, as well as some something that was causing the graphics to reset to "Fugly" mode. I came here for help, was pointed in the right direction, then had a mate I knew had Il-2+AEP+PF merge send me his conf.ini file, which fixed the lot. Been popping in and out in the days since. Might stay a while.

orkan_3d
08-21-2006, 09:41 PM
My life is marked with my father beeng something like national guard (reserve) pilot in ex Yugoslavia. I could be much more happy did he spent some time with me explaining how to be loved by girls and socialise, you know what I meen...
BUt no, I did not know how to count numbers, but I knew Huricanes, Mesershmits, Spitfires, was able to recognize B737 or727 in flight... Instead of Saint-Exuperys Little Prince I read his War Pilot, Saburo Sakai`s Samurai, you know, that kind of Children literature...
So, on my first Spectrum 48 (KB!) and Commodore 64 I played original Flight Simulator, TTL (Tornado Low Level), Cyclons, Hellcat Ace (anyone remember this one?), and like any teenager dreamed of flying.
ANd dreamed of much more realistic flight sims!
But, becouse of diferent reasons, I was separated of computers 20 years, and when I got my first PC (for work naturaly!), I looked for new sims. First I tried EAW, it was nice, but there was no feeling of flying, graphics on low level was sad, etc.
Then, someone mentioned me a new sim, IL2, named by plane I knew well. So, i instaled it, was shocked by inro track, and then spent several next days watching tracks and training tracks with my eyes (and mouth!) wide open! It took me a while to try flying. That was fiasco! OK, I did`nt have stick yet, but crashing Stormovick at least 50 or 100 times on take off is ridiculous...
But I was patient, got X45, FB, AEP, PF, and hopefully I will finaly get SOWBOB! What is few years of waiting, after 20 years!
P.S. I learned to use 3ds MAX and Photoshop becouse of IL2, for Good`s sake!

buglord
08-21-2006, 09:52 PM
Since the demo in 2001 & my ex bought il2 for me as soon as it came out http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Enforcer572005
08-21-2006, 10:55 PM
I had been in MS combat sims for about 2 yrs, got really disgusted when the CFS2 unfinished nature and worthless misn builder just made it too frustrating to fly it or build misns anymore. Someone on one of the cfs2 forums (a chick named Debbie I think) was all hot and gooey over this Rusky sim, and kept giving us updates on its development etc.

I got the demo, went nuts, and got IL-2 the day it was on the shelves. I was amazed that a sim existed created by guys that actually knew something about WW2 AC and also actually finished thier software and fixed bugs! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

It was refreshing to fly a sim that actually wasnt abandoned by its creators; something I hadnt experienced since Janes fighters anthology days. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

Akronnick
08-22-2006, 12:11 AM
March 2004, CFS3 has become the coaster it was destined to become, LOMAC makes my Computer hide under the bed because of the massive system requirements, Jane's USAF doesn't run after upgrading to XP, and Strike Fighters Project 1 is still very much a work in progress.

I think, why not give Forgotten Battles a try, so I take a peak at the FB forums and see all kinds of lively debates about flight models and which plane is uber, and I think the whole "trim on a slider" issue was big then. I buy it install it but don't really dig it, not sure why. (Could be related to the fact that the first plane I try was the P-47 Razor back with the fugly cockpit, but who knows). Then AEP come out and you can fly a P-40 against Zeroes, I think ooh... and then I see that there's a whole Pacific Theatre Add-on in the works, so I spend the all my flying time that summer in the QMB flying, yup, Warhawks vs Zeroes.

Two and a half years later and I don't think Ive gone more than two weeks (be sure http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) without getting my Il-2:FB+AEP+PF groove on.

I think there's a MasterCard commercial here:

Il-2:FB+AEP+PF: $50
New joystick, rudder pedals and TrakIR: $300
New Hardware to make it all work: $600
Two kills on Warclouds: priceless!

Treetop64
08-22-2006, 12:50 AM
Oleg shoved an original copy of IL-2 in my face, then stuck a .45 to my head and said, "You vill install dis game, you vill play eet, and you vill like eet, yes?"

I answered "yes", of course. I'm not stupid.

Been hooked ever since... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

madsarmy
08-22-2006, 01:49 AM
Since the demo.
I got a sign on the front of my house that reads.
"CLOSED FOR THE DURATION"

joeap
08-22-2006, 03:12 AM
Got Il-2 late 2001 and then found this site over Xmas holiday and finally joined after lurking a bit. Been here ever since.

Lodovik
08-22-2006, 03:43 AM
Got interested in IL-2 while lurking in the old Bombs Away site for the B-17 Mighty Eight sim.
Word was going around the forums that a bunch of Russian guys were going to make a sim focusing on Sturmovik, my favourite WW2 warbird. I was a bit sceptic but thought I'd give it a try.
Then the demo hit the net and the rest is history...

Low_Flyer_MkVb
08-22-2006, 04:04 AM
Accentuate the positive, eh? This might be just the time to repost a couple of excerpts from the Low Flyer Diaries...alas, never a big seller - but regarded highly in arthouse and intellectual circles....



Posted Wed April 26 2006 18:22
Well, at this time of the day I often find myself rattling around Lowflyer Hall alone with my thoughts. The servants have gone to their quarters and only the sound of the waves lapping against the boathouse intrude upon my nocturnal reminiscences. I flop into my favourite old leather chair and look into the last embers of the dying fire, my mind wandering to those far off, contented days when I thought life could never get better than the CFS2 Corsair.

I recall the happy times spent at a now departed friend€s place where we would play Aces of the Pacific hot seat style €" no internet for us in those more innocent days €" one would sit at the desk, joyfully sending Zero€s into the pale blue water for all he was worth, while the other would sit on the floor in the corner of that cramped old room, rolling yet another Jamaican woodbine and chipping in with words of advice and encouragement as only the herbally enlightened can. Then we would swap places €" those Zero€s getting slower and slower as dawn advanced upon us. A smile creases my face as another memory flits across my mind €" the tinkly, pseudo-ragtime piano soundtrack for Knights of the Sky, those spinning newspapers that announced to the world my latest victories over some poor, unfortunate German ace. And I remember staring at the sky on summer days trying to convince myself that yes, that€s just how it looks in European Air War€¦how taken I was that the members of my RAF squadron in CFS1 were named after the England cricket team...that preview for an upcoming sim from a Russian company with a picture of an Il2, now that was a day I remember fondly.

As the flickering candlelight illuminates my thoughts, my mind travels back to those far off days when the only way to see a different skin offline was to create an online game (even if, like me, you weren€t actually €˜on the net€ as the youngsters say). I recall the surprise and delight when a patch for the game enabled me to fly that stubby winged Russian fighter with the open cockpit (unannounced, mind you!) €" the sound of the air rushing past €" and I remember fondly the days when Oleg would regularly post in the ready room, well we weren€t used to a game developer keeping in touch with his customers like this were we? Those happy carefree days in the old pilot€s lounge €" a quick round of Mornington Crescent before supper €" it seemed that the whole membership had come up with ways to avoid going to work, college or wherever on the day FB was released.

I remind myself how far we€ve come, remember those days when Lagg-3€s had to do if you wanted a Spitfire. Or red circles on the wings of a 190 for a Zero.
I bring myself briefly back to the present and look at all we have now, and I€m content, my plans to acquire a system capable of running FB/PF on perfect settings have borne wondrous fruit and I look eagerly ahead to catching up with all those campaigns that frightened me off with their rig-stopping intensity. Why, I€m seriously contemplating flying online soon. Oh yes, we€ve seen many changes €" daresay we€ll see many more - but one constant I€m sure will remain with many of us here is that this little game is a bloody marvellous way to spend our time, and as I drift off towards my Whirlwind filled dreams, I wonder how many people here appreciate just what we€ve got here.

Goodnight all.



Posted Thu May 11 2006 15:37
And so it starts again. Brief glimpses of a flight sim to come that has me awaiting further news with great interest. The seagulls screech their territorial warnings over Lowflyer Hall and the moon reflects a rippling finger pointing towards the horizon as I ponder the future whilst recalling the past. Those long frustrating nights trying every permutation possible to better the appalling graphics that my meagre system rendered; are we in for more of the same? A long technological haul towards a utopian day when I can watch the more intensive NTRKs with a frame-rate in double figures, where the graphics won't hang for long seconds every time I fire my virtual guns. The omnipresent and unsung heroes who gave up their own time to assist those with problems and do so, unstintingly, to this day. The detestable revisionists of all persuasions who drove the Creator away. Another swig of my beverage and a more positive demeanour radiates from my relaxing body. I recall the far off days spent chasing pixels over a jagged horizon on a tiny monitor and remind myself how far we've come since embarking on our great journey. I remind myself how far we still have to travel and I am not afraid. For I am not alone.

Goodnight all.


I guess that makes me a '3'. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

MEGILE
08-22-2006, 04:19 AM
I came here last week... but haven't figured out how to shut my pc down. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

werla
08-22-2006, 05:54 AM
Since the il2 demo in Pcgamer (UK)

zbw_109
08-22-2006, 05:57 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifSince 2005
found IL2 for $9.95 then whent crazy and bought EVERYTHING even 4.05 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

hotspace
08-22-2006, 06:10 AM
Been here since 2001 and got here via CFS1/2 & EAW (A great game that was http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif).

Saw IL-2 in the game shop and finally got here through IL-2Skins Forum where I kept being told off for spamming too much http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bearcat99
08-22-2006, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by SkyChimp:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bearcat99:
OK.... So we have this diverse community that came from the four corners of simdom... Me I like the sim and I am happy with it.. got IL2 in early 02 and was hooked... it could be better... but I am satisfied. There is enough here to keep my busy till well after BoB comes out.

I've been here since this website started. If it weren't for software updates, or whatever it is that keeps clearing our post count numbers, I'd have something like 12,000 posts. Everyone one of them deep and meaningful http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No way man.... I had kicked the 10K mark before the last post purge.. you would have had closer to 13 or 15K in posts.... well waitaminnit.. there was a time when you took a hiatus from the place a while back... maybe you're right 12k.. but Im leaning closer to 14 for you if I am not mistaken. Heck you must have made about 1200 to 1500 posts on the 1.0 jug alone http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Dont forget there were at least two post purges that I can remember... the last one and the one about 2 years ago http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Warrington_Wolf
08-22-2006, 11:37 AM
I got a copy of the original IL-2 for free.
My mate bought it and quickly got bored, as he had owned it for a few months he couldn't take it back so he said I may as well have it.

HurricaneVictor
08-22-2006, 12:11 PM
Hooked since IL2, i mean there isnt anyone close to this sim. CFS ,lol, its a arcade game compared with this.

Ernst_Rohr
08-22-2006, 12:19 PM
Been with the sim since IL-2. Still have the original CD! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Was really into online a couple of years ago, then quit, now back again. Been the best thing about the sim, longevity and community!

Jet.Jaguar
08-24-2006, 03:48 PM
I'm a returning member after a long hiatus. I started with the IL2/FB/ACE gold pack, and used to post here under the name "Jet Jaguar". I didn't upgrade to PF, so I started drifting away from the boards. Then shortly after PF came out, something changed in the UBI board software that wouldn't accept usernames with spaces in them so I got locked out. Kept playing IL2 for awhile but stopped a little over a year ago. Then a couple of weeks ago I saw PF on the store shelves and picked it up on a whim. Now I'm back.

danjama
08-24-2006, 04:09 PM
I been hooked since the original il2 demo, and although i cant fly much these days, ill be right back at the frontlines again as soon as i can!

I will add that i love this game as much as my previous fave and the game that brought me into the FS world, EAW, and i have built two systems, one for il2/FB and another for the whole show, coming to well over a grand per system http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Alot of damn money for a PC to run one game when i was only 14 at the time. Oh, and i only learned how to build it myself for this game. I would say this is my favourite game. I hope BoB can better it, although i'll admit, i'll be slightly disapointed when it does http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

LStarosta
08-24-2006, 04:21 PM
I've never played this game before.

I only came here to advertise pen1s enlargement pills, but the people were nice so I stuck around.

Sturm_Williger
08-24-2006, 04:34 PM
I've always liked flight sims. First love is WWI, so I had Red Baron. Then I had Aces over Europe and over The Pacific. Flew them a lot.

Then I moved to the UK and had to buy a new PC. Bought the Aces series again only to discover that I couldn't get them to run under Win98. Cursed, kicked, gnashed teeth ... then got RBII. First online experience was flying with a friend I met at work ( he used to kick my butt ). Anyway, he was also into WWII, so introduced me to EAW. And we talked about it at work a lot.

And a few months later, another workmate said he'd seen a new flight sim. We instantly popped over to the shop and bought it - it was IL2 and it was marked down because no one in the shop knew anything about it. 12.99 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif ( a few weeks later it was 29.99 )

It blew me away ... and I've been along for the ride ever since. ( heh, I even bought the "Eastern Front" IL2 addon - how many can say THAT ? )

VF-51-Dart
08-24-2006, 05:05 PM
Our squad moved here from Warbirds when IL2 came out. Been here ever since. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ddpairborne59
08-25-2006, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by faustnik:
Lots of us got hooked with the IL-2 demo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

han freak solo
08-25-2006, 06:40 AM
"How'd you get here...."

How do we get away from here?

Bartsimpson-
08-25-2006, 09:00 AM
I'm still here though i rearly post these days but still get my daily fix flying online .

Hi to all those from the original il2 who'r still around .

Bartman .

airdale1960
08-25-2006, 12:40 PM
Red Baron, Aces Series, RBII/3D, Flight Unlimited, CFS1, CFS2, FB, AEP, PF, and the journey will continue.

StellarRat
08-25-2006, 12:46 PM
I have a pretty good idea, but you'd better ask my parents...http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

russ.nl
08-25-2006, 12:56 PM
Flying with Maddox from IL-2 onward.

KaleunFreddie
08-25-2006, 01:26 PM
Stint in the Air Force, Commodore 64 flight sim, MS flight sim on the original IBM PC, Chuck Yeagers Air combat, Aces series, Janes stuff, dissapointing Rowans WW1 sim.... and by chance happen to be browsing the local computer shop and saw the original IL2 CD - Huh! this looks interesting, BUY.

Plonked it on my PC and I got 0.2 FPS (1 frame every 5 seconds) on my 'powerful' ATI card with 8MB video memory. Hells I was p++++sed off. Wot sort of sim is this. 6 months later, my video card is kaputt, so get a new one with 32MB memory.
Where's that 'rubbish' IL2 game - let me retry it. Install and vooommmmaaa. Dammm now I need a joystick and other funny things.
I knew then that I now had to have the top-of-the-range PC from now on. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

As for postings, I done quiet a few, but have changed my identity (as you know) a few times to avoid the 'UBI police'. I'm sure I'm in the few grands somewhere, but who cares anyway http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

masaker2005
08-26-2006, 04:05 AM
Huh, let me think just a little bit...

When I bought a new computer about 2 years ago there was Pacific Fighters as a gift in the box. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif And after I installed all drivers and such stuff, I decided to try PF. So I installed it and watched tutorials and I was very impressed. But then I've found a big problem... I NEED A JOYSTICK TO PLAY THIS GAME!? Hmm where is that old Wingman attack, on which I spend so much hours playing Red Baron... Finnaly I've found it and since then, I play this sim. ( but learning how to play is a completley other story - joystick flying through window... khm)

AFJ_Locust
08-26-2006, 10:53 PM
My Dad and Mom got Married

next thing you know they had lil Locust

whahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Congratulations MOM !!!

PBNA-Boosher
08-26-2006, 11:48 PM
You forgot "I've been here since the original demo" man!

VF51_Flatspin
08-27-2006, 12:52 PM
Wow! Now that's some interesting info from a marketing standpoint.

Here since the beginning of IL2...well, at least within a couple months of its release.