Carrier Command

Legendary developer Mike Singleton dies at 61

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Sad news today, folks. Mike Singleton, one of the pioneers of game development, died last Wednesday at the age of 61. He was responsible for many classics of the 8-bit and 16-bit era, including the likes of Shadowfax, Dark Sceptre (pictured above), Doomdark's Revenge, Carrier Command and the Midwinter Games. More recently he was involved in Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows and GRID.

You should head over to Mike Singleton's Wikipedia entry to see the full list of his achievements during the three decades in which he worked in the game industry. A former English teacher, Singleton retired from the Merseyside Education Authority to pursue a life in games way back in 1982, and was one of the few big name developers from the Spectrum era to remain at the industry's coal-face post-millennium. Singleton's long career saw him pass between a huge number of revered developers, from The Collective Inc. to Melbourne House, Simon & Schuster Interactive, Mirage, Microprose and Codemasters. His games, meanwhile, have influenced the imaginations of many other devs and gamers.

After a year long struggle with cancer, which saw the removal of his jaw, he died of natural causes in Switzerland last week.

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission coming to North America

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Rising Star Entertainment, until now an exclusively console-focused publisher, are teaming with ArmA creators Bohemia Interactive to release Carrier Command: Gaea Mission in North America this fall. We've been keeping an eye on the game at E3, but the until now, we weren't sure if it would be released in North America. This trailer gives you a taste of the real-time strategy action, based on the old Carrier Command from the 80s.

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission video pits tanks against planes, voice acting against ears

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Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is an absurdly cool idea for a game. Based on the 1988 original, it puts you in control of a futuristic aircraft carrier and the boats, tanks and planes that can launch from its belly. You'll spend half your time viewing the game from above, selecting units and giving them orders as per your standard RTS. But this is being made by Arma developers Bohemia, running in their engine, and that means you can take direct control of any unit on the battlefield.

PCGamesN have spotted 11 minutes of game footage, and its embedded below. Watch it, read Tom's Carrier Command: Gaea Mission preview from last year, and prepare for the game's September 27th release.

PC Gamer UK Podcast: Episode 68 - Weirdly Positive

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This week, Tom Francis, Graham, Rich and Owen convene to talk about Rayman Origins, Fifa, Diablo 3, Skyrim DLC, DayZ, Bohemia's Carrier Command Remake, X-COM, Ghost Recon Online, the Steam charts and your questions from Twitter. All in all, it's a very positive experience.

Download the MP3, subscribe, or find our older podcasts here.

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission to be shown at E3 2011

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Bohemia Interactive announce that they will be showing their modern remake of the '80s classic, Carrier Command at this year's E3 conference. Carrier Command was a ground breaking title on early PCs and the Amiga. It gave players control of a robotic aircraft carrier and challenged them to conquer an archipeligo of 64 islands before a terrorist owned enemy Carrier could do the same.

Bohemia's remake, Carrier Command: Gaea Mission, is set to stay true to the original format. This time there will be 33 islands spread across 6 different climate areas. The robotic Carrier in the original game had some serious on board weaponry (including a giant laser turret), but could also deploy a number of sea and air units to strike from a distance. The modern sequel promises first and third person battles on land, air and sea. There's no mention of giant lasers just yet.

The new game is likely to be a few strides ahead visually. Carrier Command was famous for its pioneering use of 3D vector graphics, but can't quite compete with the technology on show in the latest Arma 3 screenshots. A faithful Carrier Command remake in Arma's engine is a very exciting prospect.