ORIGINAL: KG Erwin
Sarge, you and I have known each other for a long time on this forum, and we are both fans of SPWaW. We may not agree about certain subjects, so let's chill out and leave the discussions about gaming. Any collateral stuff will just get this thread locked up, which I do not want to happen. In my opinion, we don't talk enough about the Pacific War in gaming, and why it is not as popular as the WWII European Theater.
To me, it is mostly due to the fact that it's an infantry war, and many gamers are fascinated with tanks and AFVs. The "poor bloody infantry" are often afterthoughts. Sure, there ARE AFVs in the Pacific land war, but these are adjuncts to the main thrust of the fighting, and are primarily for infantry support. The tanks are not main characters. In the USMC method of fighting the "blowtorch and corkscrew" war, the tanks are valuable additions, especially that late-war flamethrowing vehicles.
See this Okinawa footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W94XcbKjYU
I personally hate tank battle games. I've always enjoyed the infantry portion of it. Lite MG's, Hvy MG's, tommy guns (joke), the series "Combat" on tv. I like the building to building battles, the suspense the fear the adrinilin rush. You ever play "Computer Ambush" by SSI? That was such an excellent squad level game. I used to write little AAR's after I played out a battle. I remember one line I wrote like it was yesterday cussing Donny for getting all the kills....greedy bassturd. Love the banzai attacks in SPWAW from the japanese. Someone even did a reskin for the Pacific theater for the Combat Mission game, did the infantry and their tanks n stuff.