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The Golden Age of Flight Simulators

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Just discovered this video and thought it would be a good break from Flight. Its from a show done in 1990, and they showcase FS4, and just about every other flight simulator of the time. When the 386 was a state of the art computer. For the more youthful, take notice that store shelves used to be fully stocked with many simulators once upon a time.

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Awesome!!! "very realistic graphics"! LOL! Thanks for posting! Really enjoyed this! Brought back some good memories...Boy, isn't it weird that back then I actually thought those games look GREAT? Was I BLIND? :(

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Just discovered this video and thought it would be a good break from Flight. Its from a show done in 1990, and they showcase FS4, and just about every other flight simulator of the time. When the 386 was a state of the art computer. For the more youthful, take notice that store shelves used to be fully stocked with many simulators once upon a time.

Great find and thank you for posting. Gilman (chopstick) is Falcon 4.0 and more from before.The thing about those days was that whatever came before was a sort of preview of more "realism" to come.I still have my brown and white Sub-logic manual: I may still have the floppies. I still have the first falcon,f-19, f-15 ect,etc.Thanks man, Now I'm nostalgic.

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Yep, those were exciting days :). Immersion was all in the head and not on the screen.

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What a throwback! Great find. FS in 1991? I was flying MSFS 4.0 on the PC and playing Falcon on the Amiga 500 back then. And, those were exciting times in the computer industry, too. I was involved in as a trade show manager for a venture-funded software startup back then (Comdex, Comdex/Spring, PC Expo...I'll have to go back to look at the rest of my show schedule). So, many memories that I'm stuck in some sort of time warp now and can't get out. Great post. Thanks, dighost!

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Yep, those were exciting days :). Immersion was all in the head and not on the screen.
Hm, well, I actually LOVED what I saw on my screen back then. Compared to what we had in the mid eighties, it looked AWESOME!This makes me think about how we will look back on today in 20 years time... Will we look at FSX and see what we now see in that video...? Awful unrealistic graphics? Utterly low res textures? A flat screen...? "What were we thinking back in 2012?!?"Flight simming... it's only just begun if you aks me. :(

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Hm, well, I actually LOVED what I saw on my screen back then. Compared to what we had in the mid eighties, it looked AWESOME!This makes me think about how we will look back on today in 20 years time... Will we look at FSX and see what we now see in that video...? Awful unrealistic graphics? Utterly low res textures? A flat screen...? "What were we thinking back in 2012?!?"Flight simming... it's only just begun if you aks me. :(
Actually, the great thing back then was that each iteration of a game tended to be better than before. Developers were trying to improve their games by giving us more features and deeper experiences. They were hobbled by the hardware, but they pushed it to the limit.Then, we could get excited about things that were new and our hobbies were moving in the right direction.Now, a lot of innovation has stopped and became a niche in many genres of computer gaming. The entire field is devolving back to who can create the simpler game with the least features and the skimpiest user guide. We have the hardware to play really stunning and complex games, but what's the point if many games can actually run in a browser.No wonder that board games are coming back in fashion again.

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Bringing this up to today.... Bobreal.jpg
Now, that's funny! But, the mouse on the left should be replaced with an XBox controller. Seriously, thanks for the chuckle.

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Thanks for that video dighost. I really enjoy watching it and it brought back good memories. I did, however, feel somewhat saddened, when watching the video, that we no longer have new flight simulators coming out every couple of years like we used to that make your jaw drop and make you say "wow".I owned the yoke and pedals featured in that video. They were great at the time :(.

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Now, that's funny! But, the mouse on the left should be replaced with an XBox controller. Seriously, thanks for the chuckle.
Ask,,,, and you shall receive.....good thinking !I do a lot of these for my website and the good ideas always come up about the first minute after you post them.But then, they never ever get funny until you actually get well along into making them.Bob - Ranking Las Cruces Photoshop Expert.... :(

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Hm, well, I actually LOVED what I saw on my screen back then. Compared to what we had in the mid eighties, it looked AWESOME!This makes me think about how we will look back on today in 20 years time... Will we look at FSX and see what we now see in that video...? Awful unrealistic graphics? Utterly low res textures? A flat screen...? "What were we thinking back in 2012?!?"Flight simming... it's only just begun if you aks me. :(
I started in 1985 with Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer, and it has been a great ride. I'm allready at the point where I feel FSX looks dated. Amazing tech is allready here, but it is still many years away from our desktops. Combine Outerra style planet rendering with quality landclass and autogen for remote ares with SAAB Rapid 3D mapping or C3 Technologies for special interest areas and you have flight simulator nirvana.

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You are all welcome, glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Sure brought back good memories. I played A10 for hours and hours... those were the days!

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Great vid. No one complained about fps at that time. They have a great 5 fps max in that presentation :(

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LOL at 6:00-6:30 with the sexist remark at the end.We got our first PC and 1995. (and MSFS not long after!) I remember in the mid-late 90's when I first started getting PC games and walking into a computer store and seeing wall to wall games and software. All with nice big box's and manuals inside. I remember seeing the army men games with plastic army men in windows inside the boxes. Or a golf game that came with a golf ball in the box! Now its all downloads and DRM junk. You can't even sell the game on EBAY a couple years later if you like.

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Great post...loved watching that vid....sure did bring back memories!

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army men games with plastic army men in windows
LOL, I remember that too! Man I miss those days...

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LOL at 6:00-6:30 with the sexist remark at the end.We got our first PC and 1995. (and MSFS not long after!) I remember in the mid-late 90's when I first started getting PC games and walking into a computer store and seeing wall to wall games and software. All with nice big box's and manuals inside. I remember seeing the army men games with plastic army men in windows inside the boxes. Or a golf game that came with a golf ball in the box! Now its all downloads and DRM junk. You can't even sell the game on EBAY a couple years later if you like.
Exactly! I miss the boxes and goodies inside. They also used to finish software properly before releasing it because there was no real way of getting patches to people. This whole digital download thing is responsible for a lot of the unfinished, unpolished, no-attention-to-detail rubbish we get today. "Oh we'll just put out a few patches next month". It's pathetic.

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