|Posted by Darcy on February 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM|
We all know the benefits of playing flight simulator games when it comes to entertainment value. They offer an almost-unmatched amount of playable hours per dollar spent ratio (only Skyrim comes to mind as a possible contender,) and they’re also brilliant in terms of staving off boredom but I’ve always believed that playing a flight sim on a regular basis can actually help you in other aspects of your life too.
Video games and simulators aren’t commonly associated with people being social but I am of the belief that flight simulator fans, by playing hours and hours of these sims, are actually aiding their social skills and interpersonal skills.
It might sound a little crazy to begin with but when you take a step back and analyse what a flight simulator actually demands of you as a virtual pilot then it all becomes a little clearer.
• When you’re playing online with other pilots you’re constantly communicating vital statistics and information regarding the aircraft you’re flying as well as details about flight paths and more. Compare this to players who only plays Call of Duty online who constantly berates and yells at their team mates and opponents and who do you think is training in the better interpersonal skills?
• I’ve mentioned it previously but no game I know of teaches patience better than a flight simulator. From the moment someone types ‘what is the best flight simulator for pc’ into Google to the moment they touch down on their virgin voyage they would have likely learned much more about patience, taking your time and paying attention to detail than any other gamer out there. That goes for office works and the like too – I genuinely believe that if you’re able to sit down and master a flight simulator then you’re capable of controlling frustration and temper tantrums better than the average person on the street.
I’m not going to go as far as to say that playing flight simulator games is like a form of meditation but when you really think about it for a moment, is it actually that far off?
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