|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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