On the weekend I was fortunate enough to have a two and a half hour chat on stream with two former USAF F-15C pilots, Guido1212 and his business partner, Slick1212. Guido and Slick recently joined the Clinic and kept a low profile until one day Guido mentioned to me post-merge, as his pixel Eagle fell towards the sand below us in flames and pieces, that he was actually a former Eagle driver. So, once we both stopped laughing we organised the interview.
By way of background, Guido is a retired USAF F-15C pilot and lifelong gamer who played his first computer game on a Commodore PET in 1978 and never stopped gaming. Currently living out his second career he’s interested in the gaming industry and the many sub industries that surround it.
He is specifically exploring the vast possibilities of fusing gaming technology with technical training especially in relation to aviation. Guido is the co-founder of 1212Gaming, a company investigating and developing the current and emerging possibilities of deploying gaming tech, and gamers themselves, toward improving initial aviation training and sustainment.
Guido is also a Partnered Community Contributor for Wargaming’s title World of Tanks, a father of two teenagers and a fan of craft beer in all of its forms. He can be found online streaming World of Tanks on Twitch, commentating on DCS tourneys on Twitch, making content for World of Tanks on YouTube and talking constantly about the future of gaming and training.
Slick is a retired USAF F-15C pilot and lifelong gamer who was hooked when he earned a Pong console by delivering papers circa 1977. From there it was Stunt Cycle, an Atari 2600 and on to teaching himself to build games on an Apple II after getting hooked on Ultima I. He hasn’t stopped gaming nor developing since. Slick is now on his second career as a Software Development Manager and stays connected to Retro-Gaming communities.
He was a test subject in 1992 using Virtual Reality to debrief air intercepts and then spent his flying career hoping the training approach would manifest. He is a co-founder of 1212Gaming, a company investigating and developing the current and emerging possibilities of deploying gaming tech, and gamers themselves, toward improving initial aviation training and follow on proficiency training. Slick builds prototypes in Unity as 1212 Gaming explores concepts and possibilities.
He is active in the Pacific Northwest tech community and wants to use gaming and modern software development to make training more accessible, fun, engaging and effective. He competes with Guido on finding the most interesting craft beers and has started to commentate and participate in DCS with a preference for the F-15C.
On behalf of the BFM/ACM Clinic and DCS World Events, I want to thank Guido and Slick for joining, sharing their knowledge and having a laugh with us. After Slick and Guido sent me these photos I said to them “that’s one hell of a life you guys have lived”. Slick replied: