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..this wonderful picture of a thunderstorm with heavy winds in which I was departing;http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/17343.jpgMaybe someone will get a laugh outta this.. I know that I'm now motivated to buy FS2002. ;)Chris "Bourbon" Pitalo Alaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)Antonov Colt (AN-2)

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At least someone liked it.. :DChris "Bourbon" Pitalo Alaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)Antonov Colt (AN-2)

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Oh Man!! That takes me back and to think we've come so far! Thanks for the memories!EricArea51Intel

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LOLOL YES! This definately brings back memories :-lol .

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I thought I was the only one! :D That was one of my first "real" flight sims. It's a shame I gave away my Amiga. :(Chris "Bourbon" Pitalo Alaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)Antonov Colt (AN-2)

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Sweet! Up until a few years ago, I had a box in my closet with about eight-pounds worth of Amiga games. Psygnosis made some good games no-doubt, but I think my favorite was.. as dumb as it sounds.. "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?"Chris "Bourbon" Pitalo Alaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)Antonov Colt (AN-2)

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HeheF/A 18 Interceptor was the first Sim that made me buy a computer that would run it - this was back in 1988 at the tender age of 14. That game was absolutely superb. I can still remember the first go on it. My "Quickshot II" joystick took a battering... I should have known that, as time progressed, every new fLightsim required a new computer!CheersLungs

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Yes Bill, your are absolutely right! I wondered of what this pic reminds me but i could not figure out. Now as you mentioned it, this pic really looks like a painting of one of the great surrealistic painters, either Salvador Dali or Rene Margrite (I hope this name is spelled correctly), who very often painted blue skies with odd looking clouds.Wolfgang

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LOL I grew up on FS4. I got it from a friend when I was 10. My IBM XT was definately not a graphical machine, even in its time LOL. That old CGA board only had 2 display options, 4 color 320x200, or high-rez B/W 640x200 (yuck). That 'ultra-powerful' D8088 4.77MHz could only grind out a mere 4fps LOL. I had some good times with such a barren flightsim :) . That old IBM is still working great and it still runs FS4 along with the other games and applications from the late 80's/early 90's.This thread is cool LOL all of us going back to our first sims :) .

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Ha ha, that's rich.I remember those clouds well because FS5.1 was the first flight sim I ever had. I thought those clouds looked quite amazing at the time because they were actual textures.And the "friendly" clouds in that sim were just cubes, so you can see where I'm coming from :-).-Derek

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That pic that I took was actually from FS98.. the funny thing is that I have a GeForce 4 Ti4600. :DChris "Bourbon" PitaloAlaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)"Give me liberty or give me an An-2."

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Not to forget the Microsoft Flight Simulator for Amiga, FS2 I think at this time, back in 1990, which graphically was what PC users got only with FS5...in 1993...! :-)v with sampled engine sounds on the Amiga!!! :-)

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My first flight sim would have to be SubLogic's Flight Simulator ][ on our old Commodore 64.Think FS2002 takes a long time to load? FS ][ on the C64 would take a total of about 4-5 minutes to load from disk. (I'd hate to see how long it would have taken from cassette if they had a cassette version... :() Performance? It was the slideshow of all slideshows :)However, I was never able to land properly on a runway until I got my hands on FS4 for IBM...

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Thanks for bringing back those wonderful memories. My friends and I spent more hours than I care to imagine playing that game just for the great 'feel of flight' it captured. Not bad for an 8MHz CPU and only 512 KB of graphics memory!

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My first FS goes back even further than those mentioned so far....It was Psion Flight Simulator written for the Sinclair Spectrum 48K computer. It was written in Basic and loaded from cassette tape (like pretty well all programs in that era). Your 'flying world' consisted of a quite small area with plain blue for the sky and plain green for the ground. The ground had these special features to find: One North/South slab (runway), one East/West slab (runway), and three shaped 'blobs' (round, triangle and square), representing lakes. There was also a very basic instrument panel...... This was even before the Commodore 64 was made.Ah, those were the days - great fun! :D Toni.

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...slab... ahahahaha..Chris "Bourbon" PitaloAlaskan Bush Pilot (FS98)Cessna Cardinal (Temp)

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What amazes me is that my recollection of those old sims is of so much higher quality than it really was. I loaded up a copy of PAW a few months ago - had memories of how great it was and how similar it was in quality to EAW - NOT! 640x480 just doesn't cut it anymore. I was shocked, and continue to be shocked, at how much my memory deceives me. I'd like to think this rate of evolution is plateauing, that each permutation of FS is more similar to the last, that photorealism is as good as it is going to get, but I'm sure we'll be laughing at how archaic FS2004 looked in 2010 the same way!Thanks,sg

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Here is the ENTIRE code for the first flight sim I ever played. Balloon Sim, on a 1Kb ZX-81. I must have been about 9 or 10.10 CLS20 LET D=150030 LET M=1040 LET F=30050 LET A=060 LET H=070 PRINT

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