Part III – The Mature Years: 1997-2000
In February 1997, the first commercial internet magazine dedicated to combat simulations was founded. COMBATSIM.COM was registered as a domain name by Doug Helmer and Leonard Hjalmarson [the author of this series – Ed]. These two Canadian simulation fans gave a voice and created a forum for the growing virtual community that was taking shape around combat simulations on the PC.
1997 – A busy year
In 1997 Digital Integration released F-16 Fighting Falcon which featured its unique ‘headlock’ target tracking system. Not long afterwards a patch was released that included 3dfx graphics card support.