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Flight Simulator: Your Thoughts on the Classic and the Genre in General

Hey all. I'll be tackling the Flight Simulator chapter next and would love to know your thoughts. While obviously Flight Simulator really started with Bruce Artwick's original game for the Apple II and TRS-80 computers, I personally didn't play a true flight sim until Flight Simulator II on the C-64. I remember finally taking the time to go through the tedious manual to learn the controls and actually felt a sense of accomplishment as I "learned" to fly (in both the game's main flight mode and secondary combat mode). Sadly, I let about a month pass between Flight Sim II sessions and I forgot a lot of it and never really had the heart to go back and try again on anything more than a very casual basis!

I played a few combat sims on the C-64, like Sid Meier's F-15 Strike Eagle, but really never got into those types of games much as I always felt like I was flying in circles to either avoid or catch enemies. I remember very distinctly getting one of EA's combat flight sims for the Amiga (name slips my mind) and being impressed with the crude polygonal graphics, but my friend at the time (I think we were seniors in high school) who aspired to be in the air force, wasn't duly impressed. After that, I've tried such games on and off, but really, I"m no expert in the genre, though I do own some of the classics (like Falcon for the Amiga/ST and a few of the later combat flight sims from Ubisoft for PC).

So, anyone have any thoughts about the genre in general and what I should look out for? I'd love to hear some stories and what some of your favorite games are past and present. Thanks!

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Full text of three more classic computer flight simulation books now available

Flights of 13MIKE book cover: For versions 5.0 and 5.1 of Microsoft Flight Simulator for PCFlights of 13MIKE book cover: For versions 5.0 and 5.1 of Microsoft Flight Simulator for PCWhile computer flight simulation is still a popular software category today, it was certainly more pervasive in earlier eras. acts as a repository for related classic materials and they've updated again with the addition of the full text of three more books. Even if you're not a flight sim fan, it's fascinating stuff just for classic computing enthusiasts.

The full release:

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