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.
And thats my story.