About This Site:
COMBATSIM.COM provides daily news, articles, and community resources for the specific genre of personal computer games called military combat simulations and strategy games.
The site first appeared online in January of 1997.
Since its inception, this site has covered all facets of air, land, and naval combat simulation and strategy games, but with a particular focus on air combat simulations. On this site you will find combat simulation game and hardware news, interviews, previews, reviews, strategy and how-to guides, industry editorials and commentaries.
In addition to combat simulation and strategy game software and industry coverage, this site also publishes military history articles, military biographies, defense and aerospace news, and even military humor and fiction.
About the Games:
Military combat simulations and strategy games recreate the excitement, both thrilling and often terrifying, experienced by soldiers, sailors, pilots, and commanders in every type of military combat since the beginning of recorded history.
Military combat games can be played from a first-person perspective where you experience the 3D game world directly through the eyes of the soldier, sailor, or pilot character you are playing, or from a third-person perspective where you watch the game play out from high above the game world like an all-seeing god.
Military combat games for the personal computer that are 3D first-person affairs are usually called combat simulations, while those that are played via the third-person perspective, with either real-time or turn-based gameplay, are usually called military strategy games. Purists, however, will argue, and rightly so, that a military game played with a hex board, dice, and character pieces, has as much right to the term simulation as does the 3D recreation on the personal computer. For our purposes, however, we stick to the usual definitions described above.
About Simulation Hardware:
Military games, specifically the 3D combat simulations, can be very hardware intensive both in terms of personal computer hardware and the sophisticated game controllers. The hardc o r e combat simmers think nothing about dropping hundreds of dollars on the latest video card or the newest HOTAS. You do not, however, have to have the most advanced computer, and certainly not the most bleeding-edge controllers, to enjoy the most sophisticated simulations. In fact, part of the fun of this pastime for many simmers is getting the most out of the games while staying inside a reasonable budget; which would explain why so many of our past hardware buyer's guides have been geared toward that very objective.
When it comes to online communities, you will not find a nicer, more helpful group of individuals anywhere. Visit our online message forum to find answers to your game and hardware questions, or just pull up a chair and share a few laughs with the regulars.
To navigate around the site, use the links found in the column to the left of this article.
Editorial and Advertising:
If you would like to promote your software, hardware, and other products to the combat simming community, contact Douglas Helmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.