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How did you find FS2?

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5thAce:
Around 2007, my dad got a computer from a friend and brought it home. I checked to see if there were any games on it and came across the demo of FS2, the one that lets you play the first 10 missions. Was absolutely hooked and then spent the next month trying to get the full game off of ebay auctions. I still have the 3 discs to this day.

Dilmah G:
I'm not entirely sure how I got a copy of Freespace 2: Colossus (I suspect it came bundled with a new IBM PC that my family bought in 2000/01), but installed it thereabouts and finished it about a thousand times with my old Sidewinder Precision Pro. I got most of my friend group hooked on it as well, and we probably played through it at least once a year until my family finally decided to give me unfettered access to the interwebs so that I could "complete my homework" when I was 12, and a year or so after that, it occurred to me that I could use the power of Google to work out how the Freespace story ended up panning out. That took me here, where I spent an ungodly amount of time during high school, but I ended up falling out of PC gaming during undergrad and only got back into it about 6-7 years later during the pandemic. It's awesome to see the community still going strong, and threads like these remind me of the good 'ol days.


--- Quote from: Trivial Psychic on January 07, 2022, 09:07:53 pm ---Stickwise, I eventually bought an X52 (which I still have) until it wouldn't aim properly.  I used a few sticks here and there until I came across a Cyborg EVO at a Value Village and used that for a time.  Eventually, the trigger died, so I tried something else for a time, until I found another Cyborg EVO at Value Village.  I still have it, and it still works, but I use a Thrustmaster T16000M now.

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I had this exact dilemma with both my X52 and Cyborg EVO. At one point in high school after my Cyborg's trigger died (literally fell off), I remember playing with my left hand using the keyboard to mash wingman commands and use LCTRL to fire primaries, with my right hand on the stick to do everything else.

starlord:
I never previously heard of the game in France.
Back in 2002, purely by chance I happened to stroll in a virgin megastore back when they existed.

Remember purchasing 2 cardboard cover PC games purely on hunch. One was galaga: destination earth for €14 and the other a white label edition containing freespace, silent threat and freespace 2 for €9.

Best investment I ever made.

I discovered hlp comparatively late, around 2008-2009. I was convinced there was no such thing as an FS community and was frustrated by FS2’s ending. I think I remember finding hlp throughout hades combine.

Trivial Psychic:

--- Quote from: Dilmah G on January 09, 2022, 05:49:00 am ---I had this exact dilemma with both my X52 and Cyborg EVO. At one point in high school after my Cyborg's trigger died (literally fell off), I remember playing with my left hand using the keyboard to mash wingman commands and use LCTRL to fire primaries, with my right hand on the stick to do everything else.
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I can do you one better with the trigger falling off.  Some time time ago I used to be really obsessed with the Rogue Squadron games.  I wasn't able to play the Game Cube versions, not having either that or a Wii at the time (in fact, I think the Wii didn't exist at the time), so I searched out and found a downloadable and free install of the earlier PC game (since the Game Cube games are RS 2 & 3) and played that to death.  At one point I was using some cheap stick and I was in the middle of making a violent turn and the stick snapped off the base.  The two were still connected, so all of the buttons still worked, but I had to use my thumb on my left hand that was grabbing onto the base, so moved the stub left behind to make turns.  It got me through the rest of the mission, though poorly, after-which time I had to abandon playing until I got another stick.

CP5670:
I had played and modded FS1 a lot and was on the old VBB forum leading up to FS2's release. I got FS2 right away when it came out. I recall both FS1 and FS2 cost $55 on release instead of the usual $50, but I didn't care. :D As a big Descent fan, I got FS1 only because of the Descent in the name, and didn't know anything else about it at the time. I originally learned about Descent from some elementary school friends and got the shareware version on one of those mail-order games CDs in the early-mid 90s.

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