I totally forgot/ didn’t know that there was actually a game called Red Storm Rising for the PC (Published in 1989). As I was curious to see what the game was all about, I registered at the site and downloaded the game (here is the link: http://www.classic-pc-games.com/pc/simulations/red_storm_rising.html, to actually download the game you will have to visit a sponsor site and fly through some hoops).
In the game it is World War III (just like the book) and you play a United States Submarine captain tasked with stopping the Russian Navy. You can be a captain in different classes of submarines, such as the Los Angeles class, the Permit Class, etc.
I only played it briefly last night and got stuck at one of the screens because I did not know which keyboard commands to use.
The graphics of the game are horrible but then again the game was published in 1989 and alot has changed over the years.
You are the proud owner of a new iPod Touch or iPhone and downloaded an audio book from Audible.com to listen too. Lets say you downloaded a fictional novel and the story talks about fighter pilots and their planes.
So you are happily listening along and the story talks about an F-14 fighter plane taking off from an aircraft carrier, after the sentence ends the audio player pauses. You look at the screen of your audio player and there is a button that indicates a video is available, you press the button. After you press the button the audio player displays a movie of an F-14 fighter plane taking off from, you guessed it, an aircraft carrier.
How cool would that be?
Of course if you do not press the button the story will just continue for your listening pleasures.Can you imagine if this technology was added to a download of Dan Brown’s
You would be able to see a clear picture of the Mona Lisa or the last supper, track the path the two main characters travel on Google maps, reference material from the Knights Templar, etc.It is almost like an interactive game.. or interactive TV…
I was looking at the Kindle on the Amazon website and this struck me as cool; what if the Kindle or any other e-book reader was capable of displaying Google maps. Meaning that when you read your book on the Kindle and on one of the pages a reference is made to a location on earth or mars or somewhere in space, you can then highlight that reference and display it in Google maps.
I have created a google map that follows the events that can be traced to a location in a Google Map. Hopefully I can update this map often as I re-read the chapters of Red Storm Rising.I am still tweaking the design a bit as I’m learning more and more about google maps, the following website helped me enormously:Â http://econym.googlepages.com/index.htm and of course google map API website as well.You can click here to view the page.Let me know what you think or give me any suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org -Mike