View Full Version : What are the things that draw you to flight sims?

03-07-2006, 03:45 PM

03-07-2006, 03:45 PM

03-07-2006, 03:48 PM
The hot chicks.

03-07-2006, 03:51 PM
I have been meaning to say this for a while and I didn't now how...but the chick in your sig ain't so hot, man http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Interesting question Bear...I lean towards number four- but it's mainly because the historical situations I want to recreate aren't readily available

03-07-2006, 04:04 PM
I felt most associated with 3 because I like full reall and "historical" servers. But that doesn't way harder then flying a historical airplane, be it a sim. I think every body here "thinks" that if it would ever happen that you had to fly in your favorite ww2 plane that you would, "think" you can.
And IL-2 for me is more of a hobby and other games are more fore fun.

03-07-2006, 04:07 PM
I enjoy simming because, although it is still a "game" it has all the little knicks and knacks that can draw you in and make it feel "real". I enjoy the challenges that simulators present to me, and since I will probably never get to fly a plane for real.. I get it where I can. I get sucked into IL2 so deeply sometimes that I don't even realize that 4 hours has crept by. I usually snap back into reality when my wife asks me when I'm going to stop crashing airplanes and play with my daughter instead :P

Though my interest in flight sims stops past WW2. I've been a big WW2 buff ever since I was a kid... Probably the single greatest modern conflict that did so much to shape the world the way it is today.

03-07-2006, 04:11 PM
Well it's simple really.

All the Ladies *LOVE* pilots and naturally would get their kit off as soon as a dashing young chap in a flying helment even winked at them.

So after I've finished sitting in front of my computer for hours, with my joystick in my hand, pretending to be a fighter pilot, I can sit in front of my computer for hours, with my 'joy stick' in my hand, pretending to be having sex with a woman

03-07-2006, 04:17 PM
I'm in it for the points.

03-07-2006, 04:25 PM
Yeah, booze and Babes for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

03-07-2006, 04:26 PM
I am a mixture of the last two.

It depends on how my day/week is going. Generally, on a bad week i tend to chill out more, make historic missions and screenshot compositions (getting these wrong doesnt damage your confidence half as much as continual bad flying http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif).

If im having a good week/day, my flying tends to be spot on. That's when i fly on dogfight servers and coops and pwn. However, that doesnt mean to say i forget about the history and stop appreciating just caus im havin a good weeks combat. The history is very important to me and always on my mind during a mission. Survival is for me, the main thing, even if i mostly fail http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif I like to keep the immersion high and the game as real as possible.

03-07-2006, 04:26 PM
I like the server to be realistic or near to it, I particularly like the sides to be allied v axis as apposed to identical planesets where it invariably gravitates into a fight between La7s.

I read quite a lot of biographies and autobiographies on the experiences of WW2 fighter pilots and find that "flying" in the more realistic forums gives me some small insight into what I read. The reverse is equally true.

03-07-2006, 04:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
I have been meaning to say this for a while and I didn't now how...but the chick in your sig ain't so hot, man http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Better than the old broad in your avatar. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

03-07-2006, 04:53 PM
I love flying. Flying a Spitfire in IL2 is much cheaper than flying a Spitfire IRL. Plus I get to shoot stuff down without consequences. What's not to like?

Of course, one day when I make my millions I'll buy myself a Spitfire and from that point I'll probably spend less time in IL2, much as I spend less time in gliding sims than I do flying real gliders...

But until then, IL2 is the way to go.

I've flirted with modern combat sims, but I don't like the dynamic of BVR missile engagements, especially without the CCC backup that you might expect IRL.

As for the poll, I'm not sure how best to vote. Heck with it; I've got a virtual war to fight!

03-07-2006, 08:14 PM
I do it for the $

(i picked number 5)...
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03-07-2006, 08:48 PM
Well, for me it is a long story...but a good story. Im only 18 years old at the moment, but I have been an airplane nut ALL of my life. When i was knee-high to a grasshopper I would sit around and play with die-cast airplanes and pretend that I was flying in them. Then when I got older my parents started taking me to airshows. I have been to numerous local shows, but I have also gone to see the USAF Thunderbirds twice now. At about the same time I started reading World War II books, and it just amazed me. So, about 4 years ago when I first got a PC, my uncle let me borrow his Combat Flight Simulator 1 game...and I was in heaven lol! I immediately bought my own copy, then got CFS3, which was sort of a disappointment to me, but was still fun. Then I got into the IL2 series, which in my opinion, is the ultimate in WW2 airplane sims.

And, I still have a dream that just might come true soon. Since I was little, I have always wanted to be the guy in the cockpit of that F-14 Tomcat on that carrier deck. Unfortunatly, by the time I complete the required 4 years of college to become a pilot, the F-14 will be retired, but I still might become a fighter pilot in either the Navy or USAF.

Sorry for the long story lol!

03-07-2006, 08:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> By chuck Older.
I have been meaning to say this for a while and I didn't now how...but the chick in your sig ain't so hot, man </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

He digs guys in short shorts.

03-07-2006, 10:15 PM
Interesting... we have two votes oneither extreme end.... and most are more into the history and accuracy than the gaming.. which actually reflects the more mature crowd that is usually attracted to flight sims. I have found that even when they are young... they usually arent like most young "gamers". The young cats usally take the time to try to learn to fly the sim and they bring those young reflexes and what not (The old youth cheat....LMAO... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif) with them. Intersting stuff..... keep it coming...

03-07-2006, 10:26 PM
somehow you should have brought community into it. while the ubi forums can sometimes be nothing but a stage for ego maniacs it is still a way more mature community than pretty much anything else out there.

also once you are in a "squad"/circle of friends you fly with regularly it is kinda hard not to enjoy the game.
(there is just nothing like clearing a bandit off a real life friends six http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

03-07-2006, 11:47 PM
I'm simply rewriting history.

03-08-2006, 01:00 AM
My vote: "I like it for both", the 3:rd choise.

I want to tell you that for me it is not just history, but also this sim is as much as consequence as a continuation for my childhood: when I was 6-14 yers old, i.e. for eight years, I was happy to play with model aeroplanes that we used to build with my friends in those days. Eight years of childhood is such a long period, that one can not forget it. So, playing with this sim tends to thrill me like those days long ago. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

We were (all in all) 9-11 boys playing with those aeroplanes. We are talking about the years 1969-1977, mostly kits produced by "Airfix" and the scale 1:72.

Usually only some half of that could take part of any playing- or building session, since we were called to do the homeworks, to supper, to clean the room etc. We would have played and built forever unless our mothers would stop it - like our wives today! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

We had more or less strict rules for aircombats: for how fast you could ran with a fighter - or how slowly you had to walk with a bomber; how tight you could turn etc. The occassional whyning and arguing about the FM etc. in this forum reminds me about our wrangles conscerning the same thing, in our case called the "rules" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Funny: it is morning and my two boys are leaving for school while I`m writing and enjoying a cup of coffee. The younger one is under- and the older little over 10 years old. I´m writing about what I did in that age and think what would my sons write about themselves after 30 years...

SORRY: this writing became more like a sudden monologue. Bearcat, you brought up a nice topic and woke up my warm memories from decades ago! I have to stop and start working.

Enjoy your day, everybody,

03-08-2006, 01:03 AM
I'm in it for the violence & foul language http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

03-08-2006, 02:32 AM
I voted 4. Gaming with AI, historic with human players online.

It's a funny feeling when you see a documentary on TV, and you are about to say "I have been fighting in that plane a lot, a know it's strenghts and weaknesses, I know where it's instruments are, I know in which battles it took place etc. etc.". This flightsim should be shown (for 15 minutes) during history classes in school...

03-08-2006, 02:55 AM
I go with 2.
"I like the historical aspect to an extent.. but I primarily enjoy the immersive fun and challenge of flying in a good sim as opposed to a FPS ot other more game like product. Planesets and locations are secondary to settings for me."

MvH Anders "Trollis" Bernhardsson

03-08-2006, 05:48 AM
I'm in it to get high http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

03-08-2006, 05:53 AM
Historical realism, the machismo, the leather. In that order. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

03-08-2006, 06:15 AM
Shooting down Spitfires

03-08-2006, 06:50 AM
I like the History, I like the aircraft. Jets do nothing for me, but I drool at the upcoming WWI effort.

So, history + hands-on. Nevertheless I voted for #3 because some days you just want to DF fairly mindlessly and who cares.

It's all good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Edit : when mission building, I do try to get as close to historical as possible. Currently working on a Battle of France campaign for squad.

03-08-2006, 06:59 AM
Well I am in it to replay and re-write history. I personally love the massive variety in aircraft. I dream of one day a program that has them all. Untill then though I have fun building my own fantasy missions and replaying history. Like everyone else on here I have been building and playing with airplanes since i was a kid.

03-08-2006, 07:10 AM
I don't fly online or make skins, but options #4 and #5 would come closest to my views about PC combat flight sims.


03-08-2006, 07:20 AM
I like flight sims because it one game that I don't play a whole lot and real good one is challenging. I can't stand the games where you just start playing and you're the best at it the next day. I like it when it takes a long time to become good and when you fight someone better then you, you learn something new and become even better.

I voted number 2. The historical aspect is pretty interesting but i'm more drawn to ground warfare.

03-08-2006, 07:33 AM

Im in it ´cause my doctor ordered some other recreational activity as my main activity affected my physics in such odd way... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

03-08-2006, 08:17 AM
i like gadgetries!

03-08-2006, 10:49 AM
Challenge!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif