|Posted by Darcy on May 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM|
It should come as little surprise that one of the most popular reasons given by flight simulator fans as to why the love these types of games is because of the unrivalled, thrilling experience that they get while playing.
Several 3D Flight Simulator games are quickly reaching a point where they’re getting so vivid and realistic; it’s difficult to tear yourself away from your PC monitor at times as you feel so engrained in the virtual world you’re piloting your way through.
All you have to do is think for a moment about how a flight simulator game stirs your emotions more than most other titles and you see why they’re so popular.
Imagine this for just a second:
You’re soaring majestically, thousands of feet in the air and you’re totally focused; you’re ‘in the zone.’
The safety of the aircraft you’re currently sitting in the cockpit of as well as the lives of all of the passengers you might have on board – depending on which aircraft you’ve opted to fly today, of course – are all in your hands.
Some people might panic when given this much responsibility but you love it; you crave it.
All of the gauges are lining up perfectly and your journey is going smoothly. You savour this moment; you make it look easy but the process of flying this enormous machine is literally sending the adrenaline coursing through your body almost as rapidly as your aircraft is moving through the skies.
It isn’t long before you have to think about touching down but a fleeting second you take a look outside the windows and realise just how spectacular the view really is; no matter where in the world you fly, it always looks amazing from the seat you’re currently sitting in.
This is similar to the feeling that I – and every person who chooses and plays a new flight simulator – feels each and every time they pull on their virtual pilot uniform.
If you haven’t played a flight simulator game yet, or if the game you’re currently playing doesn’t make you feel like this, then you’re absolutely missing out.
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|Posted by Darcy on April 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
Many are often surprised when they discover the overall demographic of the type of people who enjoy taking some time out to play a flight simulator game.
The common conception with video game in general often centres around the thought and belief that the industry is a ‘young man’s’ game and that the typical ‘gamer’ falls into the category of the 18 – 35 year old single male with the occasional female thrown in for good measure.
That couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to airplane games though:
The stereotype of the PC gamer is shattered into pieces when you take a look at the type of people who take to the skies in virtual aircraft on paper:
• Around 60-70% of flight simulator enthusiasts are male there are a whole host of females who also love the genre too.
• The average age of a virtual pilot comes in at over 35+ years old in more than 50% of the people surveyed! So you can see why people who aren’t familiar with our favourite type of game can be taken aback by who it appeals to most and on what a large frequency too.
• Slightly over 60% of flight simulator lovers are also not parents. Perhaps that just means that they get more time to hone their skills than the rest of us, huh?
I think it’s refreshing to see – in numbers – just how the humble flight sim has shattered the stereotypes surrounding video games and has genuinely opened up what is usually a tight-knit industry for more and more individuals to try and fall in love with.
All of these statistics, of course, are based on one specific set of data and are in no way concrete. There are always exceptions to every rule, however, I wanted to include them today to illustrate the point that the games we love are playing a large part in opening up the industry to a generation that, perhaps, isn’t often commonly associated with ‘having fun’ in the virtual realm anymore.
What are you, my lovely readers like? Do you fit into the stats I’ve detailed above or are you the type to shatter the mould? I’d love to know more!
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|Posted by Darcy on March 13, 2013 at 2:10 AM|
The whole flight simulator genre is a relatively small subculture when you compare it to other video game categories including shooters, role playing games and, of course, the hugely popular MMO section of the gaming community.
Despite its popularity – which, considering you’re here on this site is not something I need to remind you about – it is still a rather small niche.
That makes the fact that there is an obvious divide between flight simulator game fans even funnier in my eyes.
You see, there are a whole group of fans who love the traditional style of flight simulator; the accurate recreation of the controls and cockpits and the pin-point detail of the scenery. These are the flight sim fans who love the purity that the games offer.
Then you have a slightly different breed of flight sim fans – hence the reference to another subculture – who are more into the new flight simulator games which, more often than not, often a whole bunch of multiplayer options and focus heavily on combat elements and mid-air dogfights in jets and army planes.
Naturally there isn’t one side of the coin which is more valid than the other but I do always get a chuckle out of hearing some of my friends and colleagues argue about which style of flight simulator game is the champion. I’ve heard people argue until they were practically blue in the face about which title was the best flight simulator but it’s never gone much beyond that.
In case you’re wondering, I’m probably more of a fan of the traditional standard of game play with a flight simulator; perhaps that’s because I like to just relax when I’m flying and the slower pace always me to switch my mind off to the outside world.
I’m certainly not discounting how fun the combat element of the flight simulator genre can be either, however, because I’ve had some amazing multiplayer experiences with my buddies as well as other fans from around the globe.
It’s entirely possible to support/adore both of the elements equally but I’ve found that most people tend to prefer one style above the other.
This, obviously, leads me to my main question:
Which side are you on?
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|Posted by Darcy on February 27, 2013 at 6:45 AM|
If you’ve been sitting on the fence about whether or not you’re ready to buy a new flight simulator game then perhaps it’s time you hopped off and climbed on over to the right side!
I aim to offer a website/blog that offers all of the information anyone could need when it comes to 3D Flight Simulator games and although I offer all of these articles and posts for educational purposes, occasionally an offer too good to refuse does come along and I think it’d be unfair of me not to pass it on to you guys just like I do every other piece of flight sim news I find.
Those of you who have visited my links/resources page already know the flight simulator that I’m currently playing/having a love affair with so there’s no need to repeat the name of that game here, however, it should be noted that the insane $165 discount that I’ve written about on this blog before that’s being offered by the game’s developers has actually been extended for a short period of time.
I wrote a piece of two a while back about my thoughts on the best pc flight simulator and how newcomers to the genre might like to pick up the particular game that I am playing. At the time I noted that I had snapped it up when it was incredibly cheap and on sale (around 70% off of the original price,) although a lot of people wrote to me saying that they’d missed out on that offer.
It is totally at the discretion of the developers as to how long they 70% off discount is back for, guys and girls, but for those of you who have emailed me in the past and asked if I could write up something if the offer even came back then well, this is for you.
I know a lot of you might have missed out the first time around so if you’re in the market for a new flight simulator game then you should grab what I think is the best while its once again at a limited-time, low price.
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|Posted by Darcy on February 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM|
Modern generation gamers can stand to learn a great deal from flight simulator games when it comes to paying close attention to detail, appreciating the art of keeping your cool and also when it comes to feeling genuine satisfaction from a job well done.
I’ve written a piece of two before about how video games in the modern era are really getting watered down in terms of difficulty. It has even gotten to the point where, in addition to borderline health and generous checkpoints to restart from, some games are even literally providing light up directions on the floor for a player to follow (especially in shooter games,) so they don’t run the risk of getting lost.
Airplane games are an entirely different breed of video gaming experience and if you’ve found your way onto this site then you’re no doubt familiar with what I’m talking about.
There is very little hand-holding when it comes to a great flight simulator game; you’re given a tutorial, showed how everything works but once you decide to start her up and get into the skies you’re entirely on your own. That is where the attention to detail I spoke of earlier comes into the equation. Younger generations play games where they’re reminded constantly on ‘how to win,’ where in the best flight simulator you’re relying on your own knowledge, skill and instinct.
It’s understandable why some people get frustrated with airplane games but when all is said and done, there is nothing more rewarding in video game terms as far as I’m concerned than landing safely in a massive, masterfully recreated Boeing.
If you happen to have any younger children or teenagers who are in-between games on their console then do the right thing as a more established gamer and show them into the light and brilliance of the flight simulator genre. If you’re already an established virtual pilot then feel free to keep up the good work and enjoy one of the greatest games anyone can play!
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|Posted by Darcy on February 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM|
Downloading video game software straight to your PC or gaming console after you’ve purchased it has really taken off in popularity of the past 2 or 3 years. It isn’t the newest revelation – downloadable content has been around for a long time in PC gaming terms – but never before has it actually been the preferred purchase method as opposed to actually heading into a store and buying a ‘hard copy’ of a game, complete with discs, covers and all. Most flight simulator software is now purchased online – using credit cards or PayPal accounts and downloaded directly within just a few hours. I know a lot of video game enthusiasts who still prefer to head into a store and buy their games on-site but personally, I’ve gotten to the point now where I can’t consider purchasing a game unless ‘direct download’ is an option. As far as I’m concerned, the advantages to getting your game instantly (or at least, very quickly) as opposed to heading into a shop or waiting for postage are too many to ignore. - You wait minutes/hours before you can install your new flight simulator and start flying when you opt for direct download. Opting for a mailed hard copy of any title can take days/weeks to come and honestly, I don’t have that kind of patience. - You have to juggle and install countless discs when you go for a hard copy as opposed to a downloaded copy and there is nothing worse than having to sit and install a game the ‘old fashioned,’ way. Why would I want my flight simulator games split into multiple, easy-to-lose/scratch discs when I can just get the .exe file sent directly to me? There are no doubt a lot of people out there who are more traditional when it comes to their flight simulator game experiences but I’ve personally jumped onto the ‘digital bandwagon’ and now much prefer to getting direct download links after purchase – to the point where I’ll actually consider not buying a game unless downloading the content is an option. How about you guys? Hard Copy or Digital download; how do you prefer to receive your flight simulator software in the modern era?
Downloading video game software straight to your PC or gaming console after you’ve purchased it has really taken off in popularity of the past 2 or 3 years. It isn’t the newest revelation – downloadable content has been around for a long time in PC gaming terms – but never before has it actually been the preferred purchase method as opposed to actually heading into a store and buying a ‘hard copy’ of a game, complete with discs, covers and all. Most flight simulator software is now purchased online – using credit cards or PayPal accounts and downloaded directly within just a few hours.
I know a lot of video game enthusiasts who still prefer to head into a store and buy their games on-site but personally, I’ve gotten to the point now where I can’t consider purchasing a game unless ‘direct download’ is an option. As far as I’m concerned, the advantages to getting your game instantly (or at least, very quickly) as opposed to heading into a shop or waiting for postage are too many to ignore.
- You wait minutes/hours before you can install your new flight simulator and start flying when you opt for direct download. Opting for a mailed hard copy of any title can take days/weeks to come and honestly, I don’t have that kind of patience.
- You have to juggle and install countless discs when you go for a hard copy as opposed to a downloaded copy and there is nothing worse than having to sit and install a game the ‘old fashioned,’ way. Why would I want my flight simulator games split into multiple, easy-to-lose/scratch discs when I can just get the .exe file sent directly to me?
There are no doubt a lot of people out there who are more traditional when it comes to their flight simulator game experiences but I’ve personally jumped onto the ‘digital bandwagon’ and now much prefer to getting direct download links after purchase – to the point where I’ll actually consider not buying a game unless downloading the content is an option.
How about you guys? Hard Copy or Digital download; how do you prefer to receive your flight simulator software in the modern era?
|Posted by Darcy on February 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM|
The great thing about video games is that there is never a shortage of variety to choose from when you’re looking to sink your teeth into something new. Every video game enthusiast has his or her own take on what they consider to be the best type of game available.
I’ve taken the time to create a site solely dedicated to 3D Flight Simulator games and you’ve searched online and found your way to this page so obviously, we both fall into the category of video game players who appreciate the finer details of the flight simulator.
Time and time again I’ve gone back and forth with friends and colleagues about why a flight simulator is the greatest genre of game you can play but today, I thought I’d make things a little more fun and give you some insight into how our favourite game stacks up against the stiffest of video game rivals; Mario!
Here are some reasons why 3D Flight Simulator games are better than the icon, Super Mario:
• No Performance Enhancing Substances Required – When you climb into the cockpit of the best flight simulator only thing that you can call upon to get you from taking off to landing safely are your own skills, reflexes and levels of concentration. The world’s most beloved plumber struggles to even go five minutes without munching on ‘shrooms in order to obtain special abilities to help him progress forward. It can’t be long now before Mario’s interviewed by Oprah.
• No Time Limit – On a more serious note, I’ve never been a fan of any game – simulator or otherwise – that forces you to tear through an experience in order to beat a time limit. The beauty of a flight simulator shines through in the high level of details it provides. Magnificent machines and picturesque skylines are all a part of the flight sim experience – being able to take soak in the sights while you’re flying, time limits aside, is what makes the genre so popular.
So there are just two little teasers that you can trot out to your buddies or colleagues next time they ask you why you love flight simulator games so much. If the genre is good enough to stand up to one of the most recognizable video game characters of all time then surely they’ll have to respect that our favourite sim has more merit than they may have given it credit for!
Thanks always for reading, guys. If you want to point your friends in the direction of where to read more about 3D Flight Simulator games, you know where to direct them!