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Ok, I was just perusing an alternate Flight Sim site and came across a discussion about saving old manuals and boxes and such.It got me thinking about what I could handle since I USED to do that with boxes and still have TONS of user manuals.I propose the following question to the flight sim community : How many people could ACTUALLY pack up your computer never to use flight sim again?I know that it would take a LARGE LIFE altering experience for me to do it. I did years and years ago around 1991 where I sold all my computers and bought a motorcycle and spent MORE time in the gym but it lasted only 6 - 8 months and I've been back on the PC ever since.I use it daily for everything for my business, programming, Flight Sim, Wolfenstein, Email, Stocks, etc.. It's what I do every night instead of sitting in front of a TV.

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my computer and flightsim is like a second wife to me.If i had a wife :-lol

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"my computer and flightsim is like a second wife to me"Actually, the funny part about that for me was when I got an Amiga when it first came out in early 80's I used to tell my girlfriend at the time that AMIGA is Spanish for girlfriend!! :-lol

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well i sure could not walk away from it,even if my wife would give me the choice between her and flightsim....i get way too much enjoyment out of simming,and besides,i don't have to ask my computer if she's in the mood for flying...she's always ready when i want to fly ;-)regards

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Since getting into flightsim I have put on the weight, this is bad for you!!, a post flight cigerette, goes down just great. :)I am taking steps to beat my addiction by going to the GYMN, and im trying to gove up smoking, its a long leg ahead, but ill get there.Flight sim is just soo good, its awesome, and by wonderful future wife is so understnading, but sometimes I wonder if she thinks im a big baby. I used to really neglect her at one stage, but now im better, and she stayed faithful, and now we spend amost of time together. I cant beleive a game can take your life over so badly.Flight sim RULES... :)Jason

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I had a hard drive crash about a month ago, and I said to myself:"Self, just wait until FS2004. No sense in adding all those flights and sceneries and AFCADs and aircraft."Well yesterday I finished adding the last of the MRAI flightplans and aircraft, I'm back to who knows how many sceneries, and I'm flying daily.In brief, no. I couldn't just walk away either.Cheers,Glenn

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I removed FS from the computer once couple years back, I watched the forums for about a month before reposting. Made it about 5 -6 monthes before FS was reinstalled. FS is a great getaway for me.

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I'm glad we all feel the same way. Suppose as long as we 'balance' our lives, flightsim aint that bad an addiction. Personally though, I'd rather be flying. Hehehe..I actually did my last flight on FS2002 this weekend (uninstalled it) and promised myself not to fly until FS2004 arrived from Amazon.co.uk. It will definately be worth the wait, but oh, the pain until then.....:-)Safe simmingEric

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Hi there :-wave I stopped flight simming for about a couple of years. Recently this year I purchased a new computer at a pretty good price. I had spent a lot less than I anticipated, so I purchased a few extras......including FS 2002.Therefore - back in harness again lolWhy I stopped flying in the past, I just cannot imagine? It seems that FS 2002 will not be in use for long....once FS 2004 is available in the UK.Like all of you who have posted above, I am flying most evenings.(TV is trash anyway.)RegardsRoger

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If only my wife could understand this ...... years ago when I started to fly commercially I went through a divorce because my wife did not understand my passion for flying and the fact that I was more away from home then with her in bed ... After 10 years of being single and flying to my hearts desire I got remarried and now I hear them inni whiny whiny whiny about sitting behind my computer on flightsim!I am addicted.I am a flightsim addict.I need help.Where is the nearest AA (Aviation Anonymous)TPS: Just last night she came into my study and switched the computer off with a huge BLAH BLAH about what time it is. I was in the middle of a flight between London and Stuttgart when it happen. Today she's at work and I have to explain to 122 passengers why they were stuck in midair for the whole night - our airline can not afford this kind of wifeism.

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Too funny!! I am the same way and it is great to know that I am not alone!!! Luckily my girlfriend is a very busy person and we don't live in the same apt, so I have the time to fly, but all my VA obligations, files that need added, scenery projects, where does the time go!! LOL I don't watch TV anymore, I just get off work, stop by the gym, get some dinner and get on the PC! LOL I have friends that DRAG me out quite often, but I can't count the times I have been at a bar and wondered about tweaking a new AFCAD file, working on increasing autogen in a scenery project, or taking the Cheyenne on a flight around the Caribbean.How many here talk to their significant others about FS only to have them give you that "FS again?" look?!I had a HD crash not long ago and it was amazing how much real world stuff I got done with no PC for a few days! LOL (talk about cold turkey!) They should open a rehab center for us! LOLRegards, Michaelhttp://mysite.verizon.net/res052cd/mybannercva1.jpgCalVirAir International VAwww.calvirair.comCougar Mountain Helicopters & Aviationwww.cgrmtnhelos.com

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Hehehe - we can be a sad bunch sometimes can't we. At least we understand what we're on about. I don't even mention FS to the muggles folk. You can't explain it convincingly to people who (a) have no interest in aviation and (:( brand all game players as geeks. To be fair, I am also a tri-athlete and play squash, so at least the balance is there. Life is not all just pixels and keyboards :-)But give the muggles half a chance at the controls of FS2004 and they too will talk our language. :-lolErich

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Don't know. Could probably get on with life if I had something to replace it.If there's one thing I can't do it's spend the evenings and weekends watching television being indoctrinated by the media and advertisers like a good solid citizen.I sometimes do go for months with almost no flightsimming at all (just enough to meet my VA quota and keep my VATSIM membership alife), but only if there's something else to take its place (in summer, that's photography).

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I couldnt agree more on the addiction side of Flight Simming, but one of the other great things it brings to us is the amazing community that makes it all the more worth while. I for one have had great pleasure getting know so many people around the world, and lots who I now consider as good friends.RgdsAidihttp://www.vfr-flightcenter.com/avsim_sig.jpg

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There are times when I've said "I don't feel like flying" and I stay away for maybe two or three days, but I'll always go back to it.

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I look at it like this:Some are addicted to smoking, some to drinking, some to hard drugs and some to gambling. Some are a combination of the above. I am not one of these. I am addicted to flightsim and many other games. This habit combined with getting projects done around the house, enjoying the great outdoors makes me a happy guy! After a hard days work and an evening landscaping my yard it is wonderful to sit down relax and fly to some exotic desitination that will take me away from work and landscaping my yard!Besides, when the misses see all the work I have done around the house she is less likely to compalain about the hours I spend on the computer FSing. As long as I put the autopilot on so that we can spend some time together to..... It is all about moderation....

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I to have suffered from flightsim addiction. One time my dad pulled the plug on my PC and took it away for 2 WEEKS! I was going okay for the first week, the second was agony. I got so desperate that when he went out to dinner one night with my mom I took my brothers power cable so I could fly for a measly 20 mins. He finally gave it back and I was so grateful I waxed his car so shiny when you looked at it, it hurt your eyes. Well I do have to say a few good things about it. Its a good passtime, as we all know. ITS FUN! Lastly it gets us out of the TV, I have seen lives rotted away by the TV and the PC, but MUCH more harsly on the TV. People watch the media and catch onto what THEY want you to think. At least on the PC we are free to express our thoughts on the forums, and friendship. I have met more people on here in the past 4 years than in MY ENTIRE LIFETIME, thats 17 years at the moment. It has been my eye to the world. A place to hear other peoples philosophy, and express my own, while keeping my own thoughts, and not being corrupted. Can you do that to the media or with a TV? NO SIR YOU CANNOT!

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My wife does not complain too much. She always says that at least she knows where I am; not with another woman or down the pub.:) RegardsHoward

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I get totally obsessed with FS, I get most of the GOOD payware aircraft and fly them as much as possible. I have gotten away from tweaking the AI by using Ultimate Traffic what a blessing. The problem is that I also love Sim Racing. EA F1 2002 and now F1C '99-'02 along with the MODS GT2002 and the cup racing mods. Luckily my wife and my 13 month old daugher bring me back to reality and my time on the PC now is relegated to late nights and some weekend simming. Tony

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>PS: Just last night she came into my study and switched the computer >off with a huge BLAH BLAH about what time it is. I was in the middle >of a flight between London and Stuttgart when it happen. Today she's >at work and I have to explain to 122 passengers why they were stuck >in midair for the whole night - our airline can not afford this kind >of wifeism.ROTFLMAO :-xxrotflmao PS. I had a hard time deciding if I was to attend a PIC on VATSIM event or to attend my wedding reception last month. I think I made the right decision. We're still married!

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hi,i must mention that when i got married i already was addicted/infected with the flightsimming bug....my wife(lucky me!) understands fully what it means to me,and as a matter of fact she is totally addicted to anything with a cat printed on,painted on,macrameed on,you name it...because we both have an "addiction" (we call it "a hobby" ;-) )it's that much easier to put it in perspective,and fortunately i like our three cats too(when they do not walk over my keyboard that is)i also met friends with the same interests,and i am ever so grateful i do not have to watch all the boringt reruns of already boring shows,i just go flyin',my wife goes "cat hunting" ;-)i think we made a good good deal,and there has never been a moment where one became upset with the other over his/her hobby,infact,i'm always hunting for terra cotta cat's,while she secretly buys me PSS A320(she did!!) ....it works both ways eh?regards

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I too was so addicted to FS while I was laid off that at one point I was literally staying up half the night adding scenery, tweaking AI,etc,etc. it finally got to then point where one day I erased it from my hard drive and took a claw hammer to the FS2002 CD's- did this cure my addiction u ask? it lasted about a week and then when over at my friend place he had a copy of Fs2002 that he was no longer using and told me I could have it for nothing so like a good drug I am happily back to my favorite hobby and now thankfully have found full time work so my flying is kept to evenings only - can't wait till FS2004!!

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Since my wife is a long-haul stewardess for BA and away from home probably more than she isn't, I get all the "free" time I like to fly for my VA without the usual 'interruptions'.....apart from that, since it's become the rule to lock the flightdeck door I haven't seen her in years! :7Cheers,Paulhttp://www.strontiumdog.plus.com/sbird.jpgOfficially licenced by British Airways plc for use of name and logo[p]AMD XP2800+ Barton, Gigabyte GA-7NNXP nForce2, 1Gig Crucial PC3200 Dual Channel DDR 400MHz, Gainward 128 MB GF4-4200, SB Audigy[/p]

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HAHA Yea I lock the cockpit door myself. If anyone enters they're hauled away by the air marshalls. ;)

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