It just got to the point where the programs on the TV in the evening where deadly boring. You can only jog so much without losing your sanity and I needed some sort of diversion from the pressures at work; an escape of some sort, or excitement that did not involve huge expenditures of money or a huge investment of my time.
That was when my son suggested I try some of his games attached to his computer. Shooting the characters over different terrains was not my thing. Then I went online and looked around and found what I had been looking for.
I came across Flight Simulation games. I had messed around with one of these games about ten years ago and had good fun with it back then, but boy have things moved on since then. There was an accurate terrain, to fly over (or into), a big selection of aircraft, (in the old days I had a choice of three) planetary alignment and detailed features such as car headlights etc. It makes a big change to be able to be involved with a program and not feel you are too slow or not quick enough on the uptake to know the little tricks required to get you to the next ‘level’.
One thing I did not take into account was the family involvement. We ended up having ‘family competitions’ with typical ‘bendy’ family rules and a good time was had for us as a group and as individuals.
The layout of the instruments impressed my wife and she now has a pretty good idea of how things have been when we have taken trips abroad. The cloud presence is also realistic and of course the thrill of flying over well known landmarks or even your own house is awesome.
Of course the big thrill is to take from a particular airport and fly off to a new destination, there are hundreds of airports to choose from in these games. There are no restrictions to types of aircraft. Jet, propeller, old, new, helicopters and just about anything you could wish for. Shame I could not play with this in the office.
The real thing about it is the escape into a world of adventure right in your own house at minimal cost and time investment. The World of Flight Simulation has opened new doors for me and decreased my stress levels I hope it could do the same for you. If your circumstances were similar to mine.