I experienced an interesting example of how the internet can bring together folks with similar needs in strange ways.
A year or so ago, in Afghanistan, I had the opportunity to observe one of the first live-fires by an Afghan pilot in a US-refurbished (Soviet-made) Mi-35 attack helicopter. For fun, I brought along my camcorder and a tripod and filmed the event and posted it on YouTube. I didn’t give it much more thought until another YouTuber contacted me and asked whether it would be possible to obtain a copy of the original audio from the film, minus the music I had added for effect. So I went back to the original files, stripped the audio, and posted them here, where they can still be downloaded. He thanked me and I moved on.
A year later, I was surprised when this individual again posted to my YouTube channel, writing, “We are using Your sound in ACE Sound Mod for almost year now. People are really amazed with it” – along with a couple of links which I checked out.
I don’t know a whole lot about gaming, but I was amazed to see that I had been given credit on the changelog by some game modders for the Arma2 PC game (near the bottom), along with this YouTube video of actual gameplay. Listen to the Polish game chatter, and from about 2:20 to 3:45, I re-encountered the Mi-35 sounds I had recorded that day outside of Kabul. Isn’t the internet great?