|Posted by Darcy on February 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM|
When people play a flight simulator for the first time (ever or even just after a long break from the genre,) more often they not they come in with a head full of steam, extremely eager to fly as much planes as they can, as soon as possible.
I’ve spoken to a lot of friends and colleagues (mostly flight simulator game first-timers,) who have fallen into this trap and in my opinion, it is one of the most common mistakes newcomers make and it usually leads to them becoming disenchanted with flight simulators. They throw their hands up and declare that the game is ‘too hard’ and that ‘all they want to do is fly.’
Having heard that so many times recently, I wanted to just take a minute to write a blog post, directed at the readers out there who perhaps haven’t tried a flight simulator yet, that will ideally help them get the most out of their PC flight simulator experiences.
It comes down to three words, really: take it slow.
Seriously, it’s incredibly tempting when you start up your new flight simulator game to think about jumping into the cockpit of as many aircraft as you can. I’ve found that the best approach, however, is to just keep your cool and take your time. Pick a plane and dedicate yourself to learning how to fly that one particular plane perfectly. Put in the patience and work required and by the time you’ve mastered everything involved between taking off at Point A and landing at Point B, you’ll have developed an appreciation for the nuances of the genre that most fly-by-night virtual pilots miss out on.
Once you’ve mastered one plane, then you should go out and experiment with the feel of some more. Most of the best flight simulator games now offer 200+ aircraft to choose from so there is no way that you’re going to run out of options any time soon. You’ll appreciate climbing into your second, third and forth aircraft much, much more if you take the time early one to get the basics down.
I know it might sound painfully simple but you’ve honestly be taken aback by how many people don’t do this. They whiz in, jump in 20 planes, get annoying when they can’t master them all in 15 minutes and then go back to their mindless shooter games. It’s a tragedy because they’re missing out on so much.
Here’s hoping that this post inspires a newcomer to the genre to just slow down a bit and savour the experience. The best way to get the most out of your pc flight simulator is to ensure you take the time to enjoy the little things because, after all, that’s what the simulation genre is all about.