steve howlett

Earths population 7.5 billion approx?

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just a thought i had the other day..

How many use Flight simulators .is it in the millions.of course there are people with no access to the internet and living in the rainforests and places like that.

just wondering how big our community really is.

 

 steve

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just a thought i had the other day..

How many use Flight simulators .is it in the millions.of course there are people with no access to the internet and living in the rainforests and places like that.

just wondering how big our community really is.

 

 steve

Yeah, in my town of about 20,000 people, I have only met 1 other person who was a flight sim enthusiast. I have nothing against this, but he used X-Plane and I use FSX SE!  :Big Grin:

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Next to Office, FS was MS's best selling product for many years. I expect that most folks got it, flew it a few times, and put it away. No one knows how many long time enthusiasts there are.

 

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FS was MS's best selling product for many years.

 

DJ

 

FS was MS's best selling game product for many years.

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Probably the majority of flight simmers are not active online.

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Another interesting thought is the average age of the flight sim community. I think it would be much much higher than the average age of the gaming community.

 

Hopefully there are enough young people coming into this hobby to ensure it's future.

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Another interesting thought is the average age of the flight sim community. I think it would be much much higher than the average age of the gaming community.

 

Hopefully there are enough young people coming into this hobby to ensure it's future.

I'm only 14 and have been on X-Plance since age 12.... now i'm on FSX steam edition. I don;t know anyone else my age who has also been virtually flying since age 12.

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I think the MS FS 'franchise is older than Windows. Goes back to DOS days. I don't think that there is any other 'game' in existence that has such a huge online community with respect to forums, add on developers etc.

 

Wonder if Bill Gates has ever seen what has been done with good old FSX. With today's scenery, airport and aircraft addons, not to mention the hardware, it has come such a long way and created an entire industry.

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I'm only 14 and have been on X-Plance since age 12.... now i'm on FSX steam edition. I don;t know anyone else my age who has also been virtually flying since age 12.

 

I started at 12 as well but back in 1983, I had an Apple 2e and we used to trade 5.5" Floppy Disks around the school yard with different games on them. One day I took home Flight Simulator 1 and I got hooked right away. I am 45 years old now and still active with it, I've had every release since the beginning.

 

I will never forget being 12 and how amazing I thought it was, even though FS1 is nothing like we have today

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I started at 12 as well but back in 1983, I had an Apple 2e and we used to trade 5.5" Floppy Disks around the school yard with different games on them. One day I took home Flight Simulator 1 and I got hooked right away. I am 45 years old now and still active with it, I've had every release since the beginning.

 

I will never forget being 12 and how amazing I thought it was, even though FS1 is nothing like we have today

Wow, that's amazing! It's amazing to see how far technology has come... Even in the last 10 years

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I'm only 14 and have been on X-Plance since age 12.... now i'm on FSX steam edition. I don;t know anyone else my age who has also been virtually flying since age 12.

5 emo jis delet ed on this book burning site

 

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Howdy!

 

Good on you

 

Long live and prosper

 

Don't become a hermit...people matter

 

Chas

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One other thing is definitely true about this community: it's a complete sausage fest.

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One other thing is definitely true about this community: it's a complete sausage fest.

That's made my day.. I saw a girl flying on vatsim the other day. First time ever.

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Yeah but can they parallel park?

 

Which makes it all the more impressive for these girls because you bet they had to deal with comments like this along the way

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Which makes it all the more impressive for these girls because you bet they had to deal with comments like this along the way

 

Which was clearly in jest. I'm not even sure how parallel parking would be relevant to flying.

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Actually, there is some truth behind that parking jibe, although it does cut both ways when you know all about the reasoning behind it...

 

If you go all the way back to the origins of the human race, i.e. when we were 'hunter gatherers', typically that meant (because of the relative body strength differences between males and females), that the blokes went out hunting and the women did the gathering. This meant from an evolutionary standpoint, those who prospered and survived in respective roles, were often the males and females who had the best ability in them.

 

For blokes that meant when hunting, the ability to not have some big assed sabre-toothed tiger or whatever sneak up on them whilst out hunting was a big factor in not only spotting prey and accurately chucking spears etc, but also in avoiding becoming the prey, thus vision as far as detecting and judging movement became important, so peripheral vision in males tended to be a winning trait. Women on the other hand, had to be able to gather food successfully (and of course later also grow it), so the ability to spot food and perhaps more importantly, identify what was and was not poisonous (which is often difficult because of similarities between, for example, different mushrooms in terms of both shape and colour, one of which might be deadly, the other delicious), became a critical winning evolutionary trait amongst women. Thus the ability to differentiate between colours and fine details evolved to a greater level in women.

 

Whilst it isn't always the case of course (see below on percentages), we can see evidence of this in modern day humankind; a lot of males have better spatial awareness because they often have better peripheral vision; i.e. the receptors on the outer edges of the retina are more sensitive to movement and are often present in greater numbers in a male eye. But, the inner receptors are more sensitive to colour and these are almost always there in greater and more effective numbers in a woman's eye than they are in a man. As a result, on average a woman can differentiate between colours way better than the average man can and will also often spot details which a bloke might miss. In fact, it is estimated that the average bloke can differentiate between about 12 million different colours, whereas the average woman can differentiate between about 17 million different colours. Not only that, of the three most common types of colour blindness (protanopia, dueteranopia and tritanopia), it is reckoned that around ten percent of the world's male population is affected by one of these in some way, whereas colourblindness is incredibly rare in women.

 

This is why some women are indeed crap at parking (as good spatial awareness is useful for that task), but it's also why almost all blokes are inclined to dress in boring colours or have crap fashion sense in general because they are rubbish at knowing what colours go with other ones, so they simply go: 'screw it' and buy a black suit lol.

 

Having said that, my ex wife was, and is, literally the best person I've ever seen when it comes to parking a car. I can't tell you the amount of times that I've seen her manage to get the massive estate cars which she always drives, into the tiniest of car parking spaces. And no, she doesn't so much as brush against any other vehicles when doing that. Seriously, it sometimes looks like it has been lowered into place by a helicopter to me, because I can't figure out how the hell it could have got in there any other way lol. Amazing really, and very impressive to me, and I'm actually not bad at parking, but no bloke I've ever met could park a car better than her.

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