retro gaming link of the day
Home of the Underdogs has added Microsoft's Space Simulator to its Hall of Belated Fame. Most excellent!
Space Simulator offered an amazing amount of detail for a game that came on a mere four floppy disks. It allowed the user to pilot a variety of spacecraft--lunar landers, the Space Shuttle, and even hypothetical interplanetary craft--in zero-G or gravity situations. One could compress time to fly to planets in the Solar System or distant stars, or simply pilot a spacesuit jet pack around the International Space Station. A mission system made it easy to simulate a lunar landing or an entire Space Shuttle flight, from takeoff to gliding in for a landing. Almost as an afterthought, it included a powerful observatory function. While Microsoft's Flight Simulator remains popular, Space Simulator didn't quite catch on, but I'm pleased to see this excellent program receive the recognition it deserves.
Shameless plug department: Speaking of old-school video games, be sure to check out my article on games that deserve a next-generation console update at Destroy All Monsters.