The History of DID in 10 minutes (F29, TFX, F22, Wargasm…)


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Digital Image Design were a UK software house at the forefront of flight sims in the 1990’s, and spun off their engines in some pretty creative ways.

This is a supersonic flight through their history in their games, most of which hold a special place in my collection.

Theme Music Credit with permission from 8bit Betty “Was that away message for me?”” :

All other music in this documentary is directly from the games featured.


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  1. 0x777 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    Lesson to be learned: As soon as a large corporation hoovers up a studio that created great games, stop buying their stuff. They try to milk the name and dump it as soon as the husk is dry.

    For reference, see Westwood, Maxis, DID, BlueByte, MicroProse, SSI, Cinemaware, …

  2. antred11 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I don't know. It seems to me that whenever a company acquires another company, the end result is rarely desirable. :-

  3. trak rekkid 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    great video. tfx was my no. 1 simulator when i was a kid, then total air war in my late teens… amazing games. other favourites were chuck yeager's air combat, novalogic's commanche 3, f14 fleet defender, ka50 hokum.

  4. J Alexandre 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I remember play some of this games on my 486DX4 100mhz with 16mb of RAM and a Blasting Trident 9680 with 2mb of VRAM! It's amazing… See and play some of the first 3D games, like Need For Speed, know the CD-ROM newest technology at this time, internet with my 28k modem! We're living a dream era of tech! But I allways have a good memories about old tech! Nostalgic!

  5. Zos Xavius 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    Tornado is still hands down one of the best simulators ever. No other sim really gets the torndado right.

  6. Ian Meredith 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I loved EF2000. I was working in VR development at the time with Superscape. The VR headsets we used could interface into EF2000 which was amazing (unfortunately the headsets then despite staggering cost did. It gave the resolution to really legibly display the HUD… Huge fun though!

  7. Vanilla Bumblebee 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    This makes me want a new Comanche game…
    I still have F-22 Raptor and F-22 Lightning 3 from Novalogic in their original box here. I can't believe these are more than 20 years old already!

  8. Swampy AJC 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I loved Epic but id forgot about Inferno! I actually bought and owned all these game back in the day, I remember hating Eurofighter Typhoon.

  9. Ash Richards 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    What happened to DID..? I came to this YT vid because I wanted to install my 16 bit F22 Total Air War…but failed on my 64 bit computer…WTF !? The best sim to this day.. 8 sept 2019…20 years later!! I think buying an old PC just dedicated to this game.. I salute you too DID

  10. Mike T. 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    DID Flight simulators and Novalogic were my introduction to gaming. I'll never forget where it started

  11. Risingson Carlos 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    Ehm, sorry to be the guy but TFX did not have SVGA mode yet 🙂 That's good old 320×200. EF2000 was their first one with svga. This is because at the time SVGA was so slow that could only be used for a specific kind of games (some adventure games, some strategic ones) that did not need scroll or animations, but I guess you know that, just talking to the audience

  12. Tech Tips & Tech Stuff 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I play Wargasm and have a problem with the M key and the map. Sometimes the map will not work and you can't find your targets. Have you ever run into that?

  13. account closed 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    eurofighter typhoon was an ultimate crap… If I didn't know DID was doing it I would never guess it actually did as some stupid rage studio… Complete waste of potential.. The same with NovaLogic.

  14. fredmachine 27 June, 2020 at 08:36 Reply

    I had (and still have) F22 ADF when I was a kid. The game obviously went far above my ten-year-old head, but it fascinated me nevertheless. Sadly, it requires a lot of work to get it running on a newer computer these days. At least for me it had a lot of issues, starting from getting the game installed (which can be solved by using a 32 bit InstallShield version), and then getting the game to run for more than 10 seconds at a time.

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