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Posts tagged “Flight Simulator”

Feature: Your pilot today is...

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: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Accosts Accomplished Add-On Artisans

2014 wasn't exactly a bumper year for standalone flight sim releases. Apart from the flak-nibbled IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, and eccentric WWI curios like ILYA Muromets and Canvas Knights simulated clouds had simulated skies almost all to themselves. Fortunately the add-on sector was as vigorous and ambitious as ever. Today in The Flare Path I catch up with five top flight sim supplementers, all…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Devoted To Dovetail

Dovetail Games' vision and mission statements are remarkably similar to The Flare Path's. Replace “company” with “column”, “hobbies” with “articles”, and “delight and retain customers” with “debag and retrain readers” and they're pretty much identical. Whether we see eye to eye on flight simulation matters remains to be seen. I was rather hoping that this week's word slab would serve as a Rosetta Stone to…

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Train Sim Devs Getting Into Planes With Microsoft Tech

Microsoft are shutting down Microsoft Flight in October, they announced only last week It's a sad, small death for what was once of The Big Names in PC gaming. Well, sort of. This week brings news that as Microsoft Flight prepares to fly off into the sunset, Microsoft's fly 'em ups will live on in an unexpected way. Train Simulator creators Dovetail Games have licensed…

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Feature: Pilot episode

X Marks The Spot: Fun With Microsoft Flight Simulator

This is the latest in a series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. I promised myself I wouldn't do how-to guides because there's seldom much to say, but this one doesn't count: I don't actually suggest you do this at all. It's a how-not-to, then. A how-ton't. See? Even the jokes are a mistake.…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Pole Stars

The Flare Path knows what it takes to plod across plateaus of pristine whiteness for day after day. Perhaps that's why he has a picture of Robert Falcon Scott marmaladed to his fridge door, and a stuffed Avro Shackleton dangling from his bedroom ceiling. It could also explain why he's decided to visit both the Arctic and the Antarctic in the deep-frozen hunk of seal blubber…

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Chocks Away: MS Flight Flies Feb 29th

Just like Holly Genarro’s plane had to circle the airport at Dulles Airport in the 1990 classic Die Hard 2: Rudder Me This, Microsoft’s free-to-play air-to-plane sim Flight is still up in the air. But fret not, fokkers, for Microsoft will be getting all John McLaine on its crew section, and exploding a planeful of terrorists to create runway lights on the 29th of February.…

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Heidi High: The Accu-Sim Piper Cub

We flight simmers are gaming's reluctant hermits. We often go hours without seeing another polygonal personage. Sometimes we don't even have our own arms and legs for company. It's tough. Lonely. Thank heavens someone has finally sought to end the solitude. Not only is A2A Simulations' latest FSX adjunct - a Piper J-3 Cub - one of the most convincingly modelled sim steeds I've ever had…

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Blue Sky Thinking: Aerosoft Dare To Dream

Mathijs Kok has balls the size of Catalina blisters. The head of internal development at Aerosoft is talking about taking-on undoubtedly simulation's scariest task: building from scratch a Microsoft Flight Simulator successor. If you've got a feature suggestion that doesn't involve blue ice, ornithopters, or lawn chairs and helium balloons (already included in my petition) Aerosoft want to hear about it.

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A Bolt From The Blue: ACES Gone

Some staggering news from Redmond via Gamasutra. Microsoft have just euthanised the most successful sim studio of all time. ACES, the team behind the Flight Simulator and Combat Flight Simulator franchises, are effectively no more. A skeleton staff of six will be kept on to service existing ESP contracts but it's curtains for everyone else. Blimey.   Read on for ill-informed speculation.

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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Simmer

A couple of years ago Kieron and Jim were asked to put together a collection of the best games writing on the planet. Some of this material already existed, while other things had to be commissioned. Sadly, due to internal problems at the publisher, and a rather recalcitrant contract, the book never saw the light of day. Many of the articles contained therein have now…

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