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Geek, nerd, techno freek - you've all heard the terms before, right.So, given our close-knit community of flightsim crazed loons, how 'out' are you when it comes to telling others about your hobby ? Do you not tell them in fear that you might be thought of as odd, with anti-social tendancies - or are you upfront about it ? :-) 'Interesting' they say, but with some reservation....clearly. It seems to be okay though if you do, or have, flown for real though.Even though flightsim is edging closer to hi-fidility all the time, unless the 'uninitiated' actually know what you're talking about - I think they still find the whole thing somewhat odd.What's your experience of this ? Do you really think we are different from other gamers ?

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No problem at all when I tell them that I use flightsim to enhance my real world flying :) I only get admiration ;) Or is it my good looks :+Rob "Holland&Holland" de Vries http://fool.exler.ru/sm/fly2.gif"To go up, pull the stick back. To go down, pull the stick back harder"

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I have no problems telling anyone what I'm doing late at night,.... sitting in front of my computer,.... holding my joystick:-hah John M

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>I have no problems telling anyone what I'm doing late at>night,.... sitting in front of my computer,.... holding my>joystick:-hah >>John MI use auto pilot;-) I tell people, friends at college, work. I work for Maplin electronics and most people there are PC fans too so its great having chats with them (especially the PC build guys!)I was once on a flight coming home from Tokyo to London. In my bag I had copy of PC Pilot and took it out to read, the guy next to me looked, and said "hey, I play flight sim too." the rest of the flight was talking about planes, tweaks, good flights etc. One of the best flights ive ever had!Dave

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Flying a virtual plane on the computer is at least as silly as bashing elves and dwarves in WoW. I actually felt more "nerdy" running a gas-powered RC car up and down the street. ;)I have told many of my friends about my hobby and the reactions have been positive across the board when they discover the sheer amount of realism involved. What other "game" offers any degree of modularity and realism that is even close to a flightsim, like FS9/FSX? Pat

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>I have told many of my friends about my hobby and the>reactions have been positive across the board when they>discover the sheer amount of realism involved. What other>"game" offers any degree of modularity and realism that is>even close to a flightsim, like FS9/FSX? >>PatPACMAN?:( John M

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No probs at all telling people. I've shown a few the PMDG744 manuals and most can't belive how complex this game can be - in comparison with blowing up monsters and things like that :-)

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Actually it's only around real pilots that I may get a little squirmish. Most are very pleasantly accomodating of my armchair enthusiasm, but it's around the pros that I feel self concious :)Most other 'games' I look down upon with insufferable arrogance :-lolregards,Markhttp://www.dreamfleet2000.com/a320/custbanner2.jpgPC Power Silencer 470/3.2HT/2048mb/ATI X1950pro/SB Audigy

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Before I mention I fly in a 'virtual world' I show them the extensive rangeof medication I'm on, they then seem only too 'willing' to view thegoings on.. *:-* .......:-lol

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"Actually it's only around real pilots that I may get a little squirmish. Most are very pleasantly accomodating of my armchair enthusiasm, but it's around the pros that I feel self concious"---Actually, you probably make more money than he does, so he probably feels squirmish around you :-)

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As part of a job interview I was told I had 5 minutes to prepare a 15 minute lecture on a subject of my choice (the job involved a lot of public speaking). Guess what my subject was! They were inthralled(?) to hear about this hobby. And we are talking about government officials here.Oh,... and I got the job. :)ClutchProject 9 Dragons

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>Actually it's only around real pilots that I may get a little>squirmish. Most are very pleasantly accomodating of my>armchair enthusiasm, but it's around the pros that I feel self>concious :)>>Most other 'games' I look down upon with insufferable>arrogance :-lol>>regards,>Mark>PC Power Silencer 470/3.2HT/2048mb/ATI X1950pro/SB AudigyMark's right. I would say most airline pilots think of us in a strange way. Can't explain it. They don't understand.Oh ya, to the origional poster, I'am not comming out of the closet.JimCYWG

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I had a friend who after a few beers 'outed' me in front a real life 757 pilot. I had a long rage flight going at the time (sound down, monitor off). He expressed interest so I showed him the systems. He was very impressed and said he wanted to get into it so that he could practice his systems. I failed to tell him how many thousands of dollars I have spent to get the sim to look that realistic. I keep it to myself. Only people close to me know about it. I am going to keep it that way. It is hard to get people to understand your own passion. I have played golf but I don't get some people's obsession. To each his own.

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There is no need for that really. My neighbour's a pilot and heard my 'engines' roaring one day ... when he first laid eyes on the PMDG 747 on my PC he was absolutely flabbergasted ... didn't know that was possible on a PC, amazing realism and what not ... long story short ... he comes over in his spare time to play. He also taught me a thing or two about flying - very symbiotic relationship. His boyfriend is convinced he is having an affair - because why would a pilot spend time at my place flying a plane on a computer in his time off? It all gets very complicated after that ... need to go land my plane.

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Hi All,Well, well - interesting topic, this!Out of the closet: Yes!Do people look strange, when I tell them my hobby? Yes - most of them anyway. They look even stranger when I tell them that once a year, I usually take a vacation to join Team AVSIM in the annual Round The World race...That's one of the reasons I had such a good time at the AVSIM conference in september: Imagine, all these people - and nobody looking strangely at me :) :) :)BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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I think people that walk around a field wearing goofy looking clothes, carrying a silly little stick that they hit an equally silly liitle ball with, then , if that wasn't enough, they chase that ball just to hit it again into some manmade hole.......I think these people belong in the darkest closet, down the longest hall, in the oldest asylum that can be found.John MGolf courses make great airfields once you level the land:-)

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I was at a friend's BBQ once and met an A330 pilot there. He said, he just couldn't get the hang of flying planes in flightsim. Said he found the transition quite difficult. Unfortunately I didn't go into detail about what he was flying at the time, but thought I'd approach the subject anyway. At the time, we would have been talking FS2002!

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HiI completely agree about how if you fly IRL then it somehow makes FS more socially acceptable, though that may be my own perception rather than that of the people I am telling.I think real world flying justifies the (almost obsessive) level of aviation technical knowledge we acquire in the pursuit of realism.Does anyone else remember The Fast Show sketch with the student guy ordering his girlfriend to remain seated for the entire duration of his long-haul FS Flight? My family gave me #### about that for months..Cheers James(Started simming with Solo Flight on the C64 24 years ago (ouch!), out of the closet to poeple other than family/wife since FS2000)

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In response to John M:Couldn`t agree more - the only time I`ve given a golf course any thought is when practising efato`s at NZPP, off runway 34 that is the only option below about 400`.Cheers James

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Now, Now! The comments about golf courses are entirely out of line :+ As a double-addict of both golf and flight sim I probably need to check into Betty Ford. Golf usually wins out in the summer with the nice weather, but siming is it in the winter. Well... I did find that using PC latency and FSAuto start helps make EA Tiger Woods run great ;-) Mike

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I've been out of the closet for years. Everyone knows "he's flying his airplanes" if I'm out of sight.The wife doesn't mind as it keeps me home to babysit while she's out. It also keeps me away from the bars and the temptations within, both finacial and physical.She has only to think of the young temptress pushing Heinekinsat $5 a pop at the local bar to acceed pleasently to my whims of FlightZone 02 Portland for $30.

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I'm also a huge Star Trek fan, having grown up in the 60s and 70s, so it's actually a tremendous BOOST in my social status to tell people I'm into flight simming! :-)Chuck B.(AKA Trelane)KPHL, KVAY

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