BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11161 posts, RR: 57 Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6115 times:
What Flight Simulators do you have or have had? I'm not talking about fighter or military sims, but actual civil flight simulators like the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, X-Plane, Pro Pilot series, Fly! series, etc.
I have the following:
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 - Started it all for me. I bought it the same week in came out on sale at Best Buy and that started Flight Simulators for me. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Professional Edition - My next flight simulator. It ran horribly on my computer. About a week after I got it, I got a new computer which I was planning on getting for a long time, and performance improved. However there were still many quirks and poor framerates. Sierra Pro Pilot - Got it as a gift. Graphics are not the latest and it doesn't use a 3D Accelerator, however it was an enjoyable flight sim that I had much fun with. I was extremely impressed with it. However, I didn't continue the Pro Pilot series, I decided I would dedicate myself to Microsoft's Flight Simulator series and nothing else. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Professional Edition - Got it for my birthday shortly after it came out. I was amazed by the framerates and graphics when I put it in. I haven't seen such great framerates since the FS98 days and I was simply stunned. Graphics were just amazing aswell. Framerates overall are decent, but in the heavy dense areas it can drop pretty badly.
I have a Gateway computer with a Pentium III 600Mhz, 256MB SDRAM (gonna upgrade to 384MB SDRAM soon), 20GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 16x/40x DVD-ROM, 12x8x32x CD-RW, 3.5" Floppy Drive, SoundBlaster AudioPCI 128D, 3Dfx Voodoo3 3000AGP 16MB, DirectX 8.1, 17" Monitor.
Not much compared to todays computers of course, it's a 3 year old computer. By the time FS2004 comes out, I will have bought a new computer.
Lets hear your Flight Simulator story.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
Brianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6093 times:
I have had every Microsoft Flight Simulator ever produced. I remember playing the original Flight Sim, which was white wireframe, there were even combat missions you could fly. And it was played on a 5 1/4 floppy on my Tandy 1000, lol. I was quite young though, around 5 years old but I remember playing it with my older brothers. I still have the game, instruction manual and all back in Alaska.
Over the years we got the newer versions but I never played them a lot until Flight Sim 5, when you only had the option of flying in certain cities around the US. And you had to start the game in MSDOS mode.
Then came Flight Sim 95 and I got it for my birthday, I remember being really happy because it had a 737. Which is what I always wanted on flight sim, a commercial jet.
Then was FS 98, I borrowed my uncles copy to try out and eventually I bought my own. FS98 is also when I discovered downloadable addons, which I thought was really cool, so finally I could get more commercial jets! I also remember being happy because they finally included Alaska, only Anchorage and Nome, but it was as start.
Then while I was on vacation in Seattle I picked up FS2K Pro, but it put a huge stress on my computer and I had to upgrade my RAM in order for it run more smootly. And finally, my home town airport was included.
October of last year I went to Washington DC for a Leadership Confrence, on the way back I had a layover in Seattle so I went down to the mall just to browse, and much to my suprise I found FS2k2 Professional! I wasn't even aware the game had been released yet because of the delay to update New York scenery.
Currently I have a Gateway 700EX, Intel Pentium 4, 2.0gHz processor, nVidia GeForce 3 32mb video card, 19" monitor, 512mb of SDRAM, 80gb harddrive, 32X CD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, Sound Blaster Pro sound card with Boston acoustics with subwoofer and surround sound speakers, Sidwinder Force Feedback 2 joystick (for CFS3), and USB Flight yoke with throttle, prop, and mixture, and USB rudder pedals with working toe breaks.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6464 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5999 times:
I remember doing touch and goes at Meigs in FS5
I went to Australia in 2000, and got hooked on Aviation, so when I spotted FS2000 Std in a shop, I decided to buy it.
I got FS2002 for christmas, and ever since I've building one heck of a addon c ollection, both freeware and payware.
.. and all of this is running on my new PC, that I put together myself (a lot cheaper than buying it complete):
AMD Athlon XP2100+, 512 MB DDR RAM, GeForce 4 Ti4400 128 MB DDR RAM.
All of it placed in my soon to be heavily customized case (I'll be adding: more fans, a window, some lightning AND a strobe (I'll build a switch that'lla llow me to switch betweeen the two) to tip it all off....)