|Posted by Darcy on June 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM|
When we’re playing video games –whether they’re on a humble console or an all-powerful PC – the whole point of what we’re doing is to escape from our everyday lives. Some people (mostly non-gamers) have come to assume that this means we’re all anti-social individuals who prefer the company of AI than any other real-life human. Obviously, we know this not to be true.
The reason I’ve fallen in love with flight simulator games so much of the past few decades is because of the intense and satisfying levels of immersion and escapism that they offer to us as players whilst, at the same time, keeping us grounded in a similar – albeit artificial version – of the real world.
Flight simulator games for PC allow you to pilot an aircraft to any point of the genuine globe and witness lovingly recreated monuments and landmarks that due to a whole host of reasons – financial, health, family – we might not have the luxury of visiting when away from our monitors. It’s too easy to condemn gamers for being ‘anti-social’ without looking at a perfect example like the flight simulators we love so much to see just how excited about the real world we actually are.
I’ve personally flown across Las Vegas – all lit up – at night, have seen the Sydney Opera House and Bridge in the one afternoon and have marvelled at the Pyramids in Egypt. In the ‘real world’ I never could have come close to affording the airfare to visit even one of these mind-blowing destinations but I feel satisfying that I’ve at the very least experienced them in my own little way.
PC Flight simulator games offer escapism just like any other electronic title but I think it’s fair to say that what they also proudly offer is one foot grounded firmly in the real world...even if it is a sharp recreation.
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|Posted by Darcy on May 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM|
When Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released all of those years ago, flight fans and wannabe pilots all across the world were beside themselves with excitement. Although the game doesn’t hold up too well by today’s standards – in fact, it in fairly basic to say the least – at the time it was the height of virtual flight experiences and it opened the minds of PC gamers around the world in terms of what they could come to expect in the future.
Fast forward to today and the genre is entirely different; the level of detail that is presented in flight simulator games for PC is almost unbelievable and the realism that you experience when you climb into the cockpit is unrivalled by most other games.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the only way that any of us could get the thrill and rush that can only be experienced by being a pilot was to, well, go out and become a pilot! You’d have to study up, sit your tests and get countless hours of experience under your belt.
What about the people who were just not up to it, though? How about those who didn’t have the right eyesight, reaction times or, heaven-forbid, were afraid of heights?
The best flight sim games have altered the video game landscape more than most people can possibly begin to understand and this level of innovation is why the genre has such a devoted and passionate fan-base!
Getting your pilot’s license takes a remarkable amount of effort and time - not to mention it also requires forking out an insane amount of money also.
Savouring the sights and adrenaline rush of being in the pilot’s seat, however, has never been cheaper and more satisfying now that it is well and truly available to everyone in the comfort of your own lounge room or study!
Microsoft flight simulator may have grown a little stale and dusty on the shelf over the years but those that have come after it – including wildly popular games like Virtual Pilot 3D – are giving everyone the chance to take to the skies.
If you’ve been on the fence about buying a flight simulator game previously then you’ve stumbled in at exactly the right time; getting into the cockpit of literally hundreds of aircraft has never been easier or more affordable.
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If you're new to these kinds of games and want to learn a little more before actually making a purchase then that's a wise decision. Perhaps the best place to get started is over at Flight Sim Heaven where the team have put together a fantastic beginners guide to airplane simulator games. It's perfectly suited to both newcomers and established pilots who are looking to brush up on the basics.
|Posted by Darcy on April 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM|
Recently I wrote a guest post for an extremely popular online gaming blog; I was asked to pen an article about violence in video games. I didn’t want to go down the same road as most of these articles go – preaching about the sins of the video game medium and how it’s polluting the mind of this generation’s youth – so I bucked the trend and focused on some positive points instead.
Most of these articles you read nowadays are all about finger-pointing and playing the ‘blame game.’ I took a different approach and turned the focus to a more uplifting topic – the benefits of pc flight simulator games!
Let’s just get this opinion of mine right out of the way early on in the piece; I think the response to kids and video game violence is mostly an overreaction. There is no doubting, however, that there are some games out there that have been designed violently simply for the shock value in an attempt to sell more video games to gore-fanatics and to patch over game play flaws, hoping no one will notice them.
This article I wrote turned to spotlight firmly onto the flight simulator genre because it highlighted just how engrossing and entertaining and video and PC game franchise or genre can be in the modern era of entertainment, even without all the blood and guts!
Flight simulator games for PC are not only fantastic value for money in terms of entertainment hours provided per dollar, but they’re also a great advertisement for a game stimulating the average player far beyond pushing the same two buttons over and over again.
Think about it for a moment; just how much do you actually get out of being a flight simulator fan?
I know, speaking only for myself, I’ve found that flight simulators can assist you with everything from increasing your patience right through to encouraging lateral thinking. Considering the fact that so many aircraft in new flight simulators are so lovingly recreated, piloting them takes a great deal of focus and expertise that only practice and a wise head can achieve.
Add to all of this the fact that a flight sim can be extraordinarily entertaining – offering literally hundreds of hours of game play – all without a single drop of blood being shed and it’s easy to see why I consider these games to be such a hallmark of the industry!
If you’ve got teenagers – or even if you are a teenager yourself who is reading this – spread the word about just how brilliant flight simulators are and how incredibly well the stand up against their console rivals!
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|Posted by Darcy on March 6, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
I’ve been a PC gamer for the most part for my entire life and have only really ever dabbled in console gaming. I haven’t ever been drawn into consoles the way that I have with PCs so when I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is an avid console gamer, I was enthralled to learn about some difficulties they’re having at the moment with pre-owned games within the industry.
Apparently because pre-owned games are such a big drawcard in the market (remembering the purchasing games and downloading them directly is still a relatively new concept on consoles when compared to PC,) developers are starting to create ‘access codes’ that are one-off and exclusive to the original purchase of the game in question. These codes give the original buyer access to online content and multiplayer options but expire after its initial use. This means that people buying the game second hand have to then pay again to buy a new ‘access code’ if they want to play the game online.
I thought that this was a good idea on the behalf of developers in order to keep earning on their game but, honestly, I think that the entire thing is a little silly to begin with. I could never imagine flight simulator games for PC charging additional fees and stuff to play online if you were to buy the game second hand. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably shell out the money if the online features were good enough but I think the consoles have it all wrong by locking their players into these situations.
After my conversation I was even gladder than I usually am to be a PC gamer. I love the idea that I can take the best flight simulator that’s available on the market today – as far as I’m concerned – and install it on as many of my computers as I like, allowing me online access and free updates for life, all without having to pay an additional dime.
As far as I can see this is just another shining example of why flight simulator/PC fans are the smartest gamers out there!
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