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Posts tagged “atypical simmer”

Feature: Servals ignored as usual

The Flare Path: Lions and Tigers and Scares

There's a frightening invisible monster at large in my corner of Wiltshire at the moment. It can kill you with a single touch and is completely indiscriminate when it comes to selecting victims. Should I pick up and bin that rubber glove that someone has discarded next to my front gate, or incinerate it with a gout of flame from my butane-fuelled weed burner? I just don't know. Lionising pillars of the…

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The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #3

Jeremy Louden's first passengers were reluctant ones. As an eleven-year-old he'd make his younger brother and sister sit behind him while he piloted his MS Flight Simulator 4.0 Learjet 25 from Chicago to San Francisco in real time. Today, flying MD-88/90s for Delta Air Lines, he no longer has to arrange chairs prior to a flight and very seldom arrives at a destination only to…

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Feature: Meet Zipuli

The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #2

The man currently sipping a Koskenkorva and consulting his cue cards in the U/S Williams X-Jet The Flare Path uses as a dais is Ilja 'Zipuli' Varha. Our second 'atypical simmer', Ilja has very kindly agreed to talk about his journey from juvenile M1 Tank Platoon fan to 33-year-old brigade simulator officer in the Finnish Defence Forces. Whether your polygonal battle wagon of preference is a Steel…

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Feature: Meet BeachAV8R

The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #1

The idea that simulations are consolation prizes - digital sops for people that lack the skill or dedication to make it as real pilots, race car drivers, tankies or whatever - is depressingly widespread. The linked notion that sims are something you abandon once you get your hands on the 'real McCoy', crops up almost as often in games criticism and forum exchanges, and annoys me…

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