Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4671 times:
Has anyone ever been bored of FS. Did you ever surpass it? If so, how did you do it? What appeals to you the most in FS? What kinds of things do you like to do most in FS? Why do we fly virtually? I really want to get my real world license, but for now I've got FS to keep me motivated. However, my motivation is a little low right now, I mean FS was supposed to be fun wasn't it? I don't know what to fly in FS or where to fly in FS.
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4614 times:
I used to play on FS lots, but since I got a new computer for Christmas, the old joystick doesn't work and I've never bothered to get a new one.
I don't play on FS as much as I used to, but when I find a joystick that I like, I'll be playing on it much more.
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2630 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4546 times:
I have never ever been bored playing flight simulator. If I ever was, I'd do what I'm doing now which is put in on the taskbar enroute and come here. I'm currently at FL370 over Idaho as UAL1026 CYVR-KDEN.
And that ERJ panel by Bill Grabowski is really awesome. I did KDFW-KTYS and KCLE-KMHT with it in American Eagle and CoEx ERJs. I like it a lot.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4554 times:
Portcolumbus, just don't fixate on that framerate counter...
I was once the same, constantly that counter in view and getting angry it wasn't higher. Now I never display it and I'm a lot happier.
Getting bored with FS?
Certainly. I sometimes take a break of a few weeks or months during which I rarely use FS (or don't use it at all). Usually that's during the summer when I go out photographing instead.
Afterwards, it's a lot more fun to get back into.
Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4484 times:
Frame rates had me down too with my PII 400. Even after I had a 64MB GeForce card and 384 RAM, my fs2002 wasn't always smooth.
I downgraded to fs98 and now my simulations are a lot smoother, but I'm still trying to get over that bored phase. It's the flying that counts in FS and sometimes you have to give a little in visual quality. I still haven't tried the VA route yet. I'm thinking about it though.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4434 times:
Yes, I too have my periods of boredom. FS can be great fun. It can also be hours upon hours of sitting there at letting the aircraft get from point "A" to point "B." That's why I think that a lot of people do not like "realistic" flight simulators--they are too realistic, meaning that you actually have to put some time into it.
However, I do have a few tricks to make FS less boring. I've been doing two types of flying lately. The first part is basically my own VA. I downloaded a very nice Delta MD-80 (FFX) from avsim.com, and I have a DAL timetable, so I fly MD-80 lines based out of ATL. I think it's a lot of fun because airplane is so realistic looking, and has really neat wingviews (I love wingviews).
The second type of flying I do is for a VA based on carribbean flying. (Check out http://www.tradewind.org for more info.) This is fun because they have a lot of neat airplanes to download, and there are many destinations that I have basically never heard of. It's like a free geography lesson, and you get to fly around some really neat scenery. Tradewind also has an intercontinental division, and it's fun to fly to Asia, Europe, etc.
One trick I've learned to make FS less boring is that when I've reached cruise altitide, and center hands you off to another center controller, readback the handoff, but don't contact the new center. This allows the airplane to progress to it's destination, but you can leave it on autopilot and go do something else without having to worry about ATC cancelling your IFR flight plan. Just make sure that you actually do contact a center before you get to within 200 miles or so of your destination.
Also, some other fun things to do on FS would be bush flying, and aerobatics.
Another thing to do in the smaller piston airplanes that would be anything but boring would be do to some dead reckoning navigation using a flight computer, navigation logs, a watch, sectional charts, and a plotter. These are cheap and you can get them at any pilot supply outfit. Forbid yourself from using the GPS, and navigate yourself from place to place by dead reckoning. Set winds in the weather so that you will have to come up with a Wind Correction Angle. See how close you were in estimating your time, course, fuel etc. These would be good skills to learn now, because you will have to learn them eventually if you want a real life pilot certificate.
And lastly, when I get bored, I know it's time to hit the IFR procedures hard. I practice approaches (precision and non) all types of holding entries at all different types of fixes, partial panel skills, circling approaches, and even enroute VOR tracking. In order for this to be effective practice, it must be done without the autopilot.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4286 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4433 times:
I called MIcrosoft, and he said he has two comps there with games preinstalled and I asked him whether it was fun (was waiting for answer to question) and he said it was fun for on eyear then once I got my 747s under the golden-gate bridge I got tired of it. I don't have a computer So I can't wait to get mine back so I can play again
-Transaero Boeing 737-200
PS: Wants to get a Microsoft SideWinder Force-Feedback Pro
FltMech9 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4333 times:
I have yet to be bored with FS. I have taken some time off from flying but always come back ready to fly. If you get bored, try a little hot dogging! Try and fly under bridges, roll the learjet, take off on taxiways, buzz the tower. I do my share of serious flying but cut loose and break all the FAR's now and then. Happy flying!
Zrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 894 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4294 times:
When I step away from FS for a couple weeks I always get the appetite back.
Now that I just got a new computer, I'm really into it again. Having 30+ FPS is like a brand new game that I've never played before. It's so smooth that I almost have a hard time flying. Also, I'm adding planes and panels that I could never use on the old machine.
Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4089 times:
Well, I'm deciding to join up with TCA as well. 'Speed, you really got things clear on that last post, thanks .
I'm going to start off with TCM (Tradewind Domestic Mail) and fly the island hopping routes with a DHC-5 (I like that bush flying aspect). I'm trying out some routes right now, and then when I feel comfortable, I'll log the flight time with TCA. After that I will move up to ATR's in TCA, and maybe later 757's. TCA seems to have it all under one organization and I like the emphasis on flying and having fun. Maybe I'll see you all at a fly-in some time. Thanks everyone for helping me out here with suggestions and advice.
N139j From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 380 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4061 times:
I do almost everything 'speed does. I have a few charts and my flight comps. When I get bored I love to take those out and refine my skills in the C172 or something along those lines. He is right...it helps a lot when you go to transition to real-world. Bush flying is my most used "release." I will take the charts for AK that came with FS and just fly around alaska in the mooney or something. It is just a break from airline flying.
I would highly suggest the VA route as you mentioned. I am currently in UPSVAC and I love it. They are really flexible and the guys are fun to talk to. It basicly gives a reason and a purpose to flying. I would suggest an airline that you have an interest in. I worked for UPS for 2 years at KORF loading 757s, so it has meaning to me. That also helps a lot.
Basicly, just experiment. Have fun! That is the purpose behind it anyway. If you aren't having fun, you need to try something new until you find what makes it fun.