Upplagd: 23 december
My favorite game since 2002, and it keeps getting better, and better, and better...
Mostly thanks to Bohemia Interactive for making an open scripting command game.
Then it was improved enormously by the community and their mods and missions, third party softwares, and blogs/youtubes.
In my opinion, the ACRE mod made the immersion so intense that it became essential. We now also have Task Force Radio who is clearly 100% inspired from ACRE but they reacted faster to the porting to Arma 3 (probably because they are open source).
The ACE guys made an amazing job at making better weapons, ballistics, medical, etc. etc. etc. Now AGM seems to be taking over that role in Arma 3 (another open source project)
Also, VTS with its game master for real time mission creation and adapting, which inspired the MCC makers, and later Zeus...
And finally Play withSIX (previously known as Six Updater) which made it so easy to bring all the community mods launchable, and allowed us to create repositories for keeping up with updates and mod changes for long nights of great fun.
Even though BI eventually took and implemented pretty much most of what I just described in the last paragraph, it could only be made possible in the first place, because how open this game was made by them. What comes around goes around I guess. And maybe that is why they are having the MakeArmaNotWar contest where they are giving out some money. I just hope that the original community innovators who actually made this game better get some credit/price.
IMO, BI started with an excellent idea with Operation Flashpoint, and the openness is what made it what it is today, my favorite game.