Post by Vern
in those pilot's shoes having flown ropey appraoches to minimums and then
have this clown trying to tell you that what he did in the comfort and
safety of his own living room was no different. Needless to say he and
his MSFS'ing were the ongoing joke around the company for years.
OK, I can see your point, as yours is certainly an extreme example.
However, I suspect that the majority of people here who object to the
use of the word, "game," are much more pragmatic than this person and
recognize the obvious limitations of "mastering" a computer-based flight
simulator versus that of flying real instrument approaches to minimums.
As someone who played a lot of arcade games in the late 70s and early 80s,
PC-based games in the late 80s, Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation games in
the 90s, and Playstation 2 games with my sons in the present, I certainly
see a difference between a "game" and a simulator.
As an active real-life instrument-rated pilot, MSFS allows me to practice
certain aspects of real life IFR flight. In doing so, I don't accumulate
points, fight bosses to graduate to increasingly difficult levels, nor
solve puzzles. Instead, I am exercising my real world skill that will
hopefully assist in keeping me proficient. That... is simulation.
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