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Simulation (sim-yuh-ley-shuh n). Based on the Shorter OED, it means: “The action or even act of simulating something.”

I’m a bit of a sim fan myself. You’ll find a myriad of sim games to choose from lately, racing, people, cities, there even used to be an earth simulator (Sim Earth, by Maxis in the past, anyone do not forget that??).

For me though, most of these other types of sim took a back seat to just one of my true loves, those of flying. A great deal of my youth was taken up by Microsoft Flight Simulator, Falcon 3, Falcon 4, Flight Unlimited, Fleet Defender, Gunship 2000, TFX, X-Wing, Tie Fighter, many of the Wing Commander games and the like.

Back then, the net was obviously not how it’s today. People that have hobbies that had been slightly obscure were dependent upon sometime reliable, sometime not magazines, bulletin boards (coupled with dial-up fees) as well as the random opinions of friends. Certainly, all of this triggered some, shall we say- fewer than optimal experiences and purchases.

Fast forward 25 percent associated with a century and another world. Great and bad cyberspace coupled with cheap and fast access in lots of elements of stuck designed a haven for communities of hobbyists. Whether you have a facebook group, subreddit a treadmill of however many specialist sites focused upon the main topics your option, it’s never so much easier to obtain the important information to help you to determine what to get.

What this implies is the fact that you’re probably not going to wind up with something like my old QuickShot flight yoke and a lot more gonna obtain a Saitek or Thrustmaster HOTAS or perhaps the like. That is the best thing!

The QuickShot of my youth- Yeahhhhhh, no.

In numerous ways, my love of sims is reasonably what brought me here we are at PC gaming using the advent of Star Citizen in late 2012. Since that time, I’ve tried several different control methods, including joystick, controllers while some different HOTAS setups.

The main problem because notice is actually a matter of axes. With the prosumer end of the market, where people get relatively high end gear without going completely crazy, there is a several decent joystick/throttle combinations around, notably the Saitek X-55/56 Rhinos and also the Thrustmaster Warthog.

Ignoring a lot of the more obscure setups in existence (twin stick, HOMAS etc), the HOTAS was a mainstay of flight sims for long periods and therein lies the issue. It’s really a logical setup, but chasing a decently intuitive control mechanism for six examples of freedom based flight has always proven problematic for me, particularly as a result of relatively straightforward control layout of an joystick/HOTAS. Several years ago of programmed in yaw/roll/pitch rates, this wasn’t a dilemma naturally, today with all the physically modelled flight systems of Star Citizen yet others, things get a bit more complicated and that is where additional controllers try to fill the gap.

So within the last year and half, I am barely making it with a Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS trying to work out what my ultimate setup will probably be. The Warthog is the perfect piece of equipment, well put together, solid, reliable and responsive, but assigning various digital hats to many from the other degrees of freedom just left me by having an itch I couldn’t quite reach. I attempted out a Saitek X-55 a buddy has as I often wondered if I’d produced a wrong decision in picking the warthog concerning this since it provides a twist grip but still existed underwhelmed with the experience.

Pedals? Have you thought to!

Pedals are something I’d been pondering for a little bit. It’s a logical progression from things i can say to, real pilots use pedals, why shouldn’t I? That from course is usually a slippery slope that ends with investing in a plane or some sort of ridiculous simpit type thing which my cousin would certainly not approve of, thus i should be careful. I’ve tried controllers gasoline naturally, the complexity of flight (whether atmospheric or perhaps in a vacuum cleaner) is just too vast in order to reasonably capture using such a limited input device as the controller (check out my frustrated experiences with Elite Dangerous when using Xbox One here).

Mouse and keyboard while being suitable for FPS etc, again don’t capture the intuitive requirements of directional movement in 6 degrees in my situation. Ultimately I want something delivers a feel of balance.

But before we are in to the MFG Crosswind itself, let’s get a primer in 6 varieties of freedom flight.

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