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unclehubert
12-21-2004, 11:39 AM
With all this talk of the learning curve of flight sims like FB/AEP/FB, does anyone know what the age demographic for users is? Are most sim pilots under 30, over 30?

I fondly (not really) remember my first introduction to flight simming on a PC. It was a black and white rendering of biplanes, with little periods as bullets, and essentially a damage model that was a stick figure(the plane) breaking apart...then there was an F/A 18 sim that wasn't much better and on and on.

Well, for me, this sim represents a HUGE improvement from the good ol' days, and I'm having a blast flying against others online. I love to see an opponent taking a "hit" from my cannon, the smoke trails etc etc. Overall, people are courteous and respectful and are having fun...which is what it's all about. Sure there are the occasional cheats who magically skip all over the sky, but all in all it's pretty darned good.

We owe Oleg and his compatriots a big "Thank You" for investing in what must be a labor of love...he is obviously in it for more than money, and I get irritated with the folks who constantly whine about this or that...Frankly, I would be perfectly happy if there wasn't another patch (go ahead ladies, flame me for that). Maybe it's because I don't really miss the stick figure biplanes!!

So, the question is: Am I a solo 47 year old playing out my own personal fantasy of flying in combat using WWII aircraft, or are there other old timers out there? Just curious...

unclehubert
12-21-2004, 11:39 AM
With all this talk of the learning curve of flight sims like FB/AEP/FB, does anyone know what the age demographic for users is? Are most sim pilots under 30, over 30?

I fondly (not really) remember my first introduction to flight simming on a PC. It was a black and white rendering of biplanes, with little periods as bullets, and essentially a damage model that was a stick figure(the plane) breaking apart...then there was an F/A 18 sim that wasn't much better and on and on.

Well, for me, this sim represents a HUGE improvement from the good ol' days, and I'm having a blast flying against others online. I love to see an opponent taking a "hit" from my cannon, the smoke trails etc etc. Overall, people are courteous and respectful and are having fun...which is what it's all about. Sure there are the occasional cheats who magically skip all over the sky, but all in all it's pretty darned good.

We owe Oleg and his compatriots a big "Thank You" for investing in what must be a labor of love...he is obviously in it for more than money, and I get irritated with the folks who constantly whine about this or that...Frankly, I would be perfectly happy if there wasn't another patch (go ahead ladies, flame me for that). Maybe it's because I don't really miss the stick figure biplanes!!

So, the question is: Am I a solo 47 year old playing out my own personal fantasy of flying in combat using WWII aircraft, or are there other old timers out there? Just curious...

oldschool1992
12-21-2004, 11:43 AM
43 here my wife cant understand why I play computer "games" she thinks its for kids only and that I should grow up

She also thinks anyone over 25 playing video games is a loser.

Maasi
12-21-2004, 11:45 AM
I´m 36. Does this count as oldtimer? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

WildeSau
12-21-2004, 11:47 AM
I am 30 years old and flying combat flight sims since about eight years - hope that there many more to come http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

WildeSau

SKULLS_Exec01
12-21-2004, 11:52 AM
46 here and counting

WildeSau
12-21-2004, 11:55 AM
wouw - seems to be the case that many people are older than I thought here. Sometimes - I mean really just sometimes - reading this forum can make one think that there are only people below 18 years hanging around here.

Scott_Bjorn3d
12-21-2004, 12:00 PM
Will be 42 in January. Been playing flight sims since the days of 486 CPU.

_JohnZ_
12-21-2004, 12:04 PM
Hi unclehubert,

You're a youngster, I'm 62, and the only problem is RL can get in the way on occasions http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

IL2-chuter
12-21-2004, 12:06 PM
I got my pilot's license in high school way back in 1976 (remember all that stirring Bi-Centennial stuff http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif) . . . so . . . well . . . I'm 45 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif . . . hmmmm.

murewa
12-21-2004, 12:07 PM
I am a uni student of 21 and I was under the impression that once poeple left uni/school, they no longer had time for the "black holes" of free time that are embodied in games such as PF unless unemployed or extrmely overpaid.

Obviously I was wrong. HURRAH! more years of dossing and throwing unrecoverable hours of my life at PC games WAHOO! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Bikewer
12-21-2004, 12:10 PM
58 for me; been doing sims since CFS 1 came out.

That's unless you count the little 2-D biplanes that came with the original "Pong" set.

Samba.
12-21-2004, 12:10 PM
Hey, 35 here (since last week http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)
Have been flying virtually since 12 yo, when I started on a Sinclair ZX80 with 2 Kb of RAM (Not a typo -- I said TWO Kilobytes of RAM).

It seems we developed a bit since then http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cheers,
Samba.

Billy_BigBoy
12-21-2004, 12:17 PM
Turning 39 in a couple of days and flying sims for almost 20 years now.
That makes me a veteran I guess http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Eagle_361st
12-21-2004, 12:17 PM
29 here, been flying flight sims since Janes WWII fighters circa 1998 or so.

Kapt_A
12-21-2004, 12:24 PM
Passed 39 last month.

Had to add to the over 30 demographic. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

BERNDT79
12-21-2004, 12:24 PM
21 year old college student here. Been flying flight sims since good ole Air Warrior on AOL in 1996. I plan on never stopping either. It will be strange someday to fight my kids for video game control in my house someday....but i think im going to have a secret dad's room where my super computer will be, someday...muhahaha

Comswim
12-21-2004, 12:27 PM
I am 34. I have been playing flight sims when I first flew MS Flight Sim on an old Commodore Vic 20 in grade school. Ahh there was nothing like seeing the Statue of Libery in Green wireframe. And to hear the ohhhhs and ahhhhs of the people around me watching it. those where the days.

Okay Back to lomac.

Cheers

ExtraG
12-21-2004, 12:43 PM
Ehh...I will pass 16 in January...I feel like baby in comparation with others...

tB_Blueknight
12-21-2004, 12:44 PM
Turn 40 in five days !

ExtraG
12-21-2004, 12:44 PM
Ehh...I will pass 16 in January...I feel like baby in comparation with others...

I started with fly sims as soon as IL-2 came out.

Billy_BigBoy
12-21-2004, 12:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ExtraG:
Ehh...I will pass 16 in January...I feel like baby in comparation with others... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't,
At your age I only had just made my first cobol program on the first computer at my school.

Cadet_Bobo
12-21-2004, 12:55 PM
I'm 51 and I wish we had stuff like this to play with when I was a kid, not that I don't enjoy it now! We played Battleline's Air Force/Dauntless (Boardgame) in the 70's and Microprose's Hellcat Ace when comps hit the scene, and we thought that was great. We've come an long way!

ucanfly
12-21-2004, 12:58 PM
Ha ha - I always thought I was the geezer - lol. Haven't been playing video games for that long. had to stop flying IRL 7 years ago and got Janes games and MSFS (2000+), EAW. I just turned 44 and my daughter is starting to get into this game (she's 4). I like flight sims better like FS2002 but this is as good as it gets for WWII Flight Combat sims. What kept me interested besides the great community is wondering what was Maddox going to do next. The recent flood of bad news has kinda cooled my enthusiasm to be honest (as well as the incredibly late addon), but I hope things will improve next year in the flight sim arena and perhap[s sanity will return.

BSS_Goat
12-21-2004, 01:01 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Cadet_Bobo:
I wish we had stuff like this to play with when I was a kid, [Quote]

I'm kinda glad we didnt. I liked going outside when I was younger and saved turning into a a soft, pasty white, computer geek couch potato till after I was 35 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

ucanfly
12-21-2004, 01:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BSS_Goat:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Cadet_Bobo:
I wish we had stuff like this to play with when I was a kid, [Quote]

I'm kinda glad we didnt. I liked going outside when I was younger and saved turning into a a soft, pasty white couch potato till after I was 35 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Man do I agree with that! I still go out and do physical stuff and try to stay in shape, but as a kid the temptation would have been very high to stay inside and play games if they would have existed back then. Instead I played football, baseball, swam, etc tell it got dark. Remember when being grounded was real punishment?

GT182
12-21-2004, 01:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>by BSS_Goat
I'm kinda glad we didnt. I liked going outside when I was younger and saved turning into a soft, pasty white couch potato till after I was 35 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I feel the same way. Tho I feel sorry for kids today as they're missing out on too many things. Like fresh air, the feel of dirt on their hands and feet, and looking up to something other than the TV or computer.

I'm still a kid at 54. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

TooFastForLove.
12-21-2004, 01:15 PM
19 years old here. I hate it when people say you have to grow up and stop playing "Games"

Bowman_61
12-21-2004, 01:17 PM
The first FS I owned was Falcon, played on an Amiga, tried just about everthing else since.

Oh and I'll be 44 next birthday

Bowman

Copperhead310th
12-21-2004, 01:26 PM
i think that it is a pretty wide age range.
take our group for example. I'm 33. and the youngest guy in our squad is 19 i think and the oldest in his 60's. So it's pretty devirse. the old hounds tend to keep the pups in check. it's a good thing actually. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

VW-IceFire
12-21-2004, 01:31 PM
I'm 22...probably one of the youngins around this bunch.

Average age of most video gamers today is currently 29. These are the people who buy and play games the most because they are both relatively young and they have disposable income.

I was totally shocked every time I see a age demographic of video game players. There's more people in their 30s or 40s than there are in the younger groups. Its strange and totally against what I would think was possible but I've seen this in more than one study.

FoolTrottel
12-21-2004, 01:32 PM
Just into my own Roaring Forties here!

XyZspineZyX
12-21-2004, 01:44 PM
40 ... mortality sucks!

So do birthdays... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

XyZspineZyX
12-21-2004, 01:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VW-IceFire:
Average age of most video gamers today is currently 29. These are the people who buy and play games the most because they are both relatively young and they have disposable income.

I was totally shocked every time I see a age demographic of video game players. There's more people in their 30s or 40s than there are in the younger groups. Its strange and totally against what I would think was possible but I've seen this in more than one study. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That average probably includes consoles. I bet the demographic for PC alone has a higher average.

Jungmann
12-21-2004, 01:49 PM
63.

Am I the oldest? Do I get the year's supply of soap?

I take my philosophy from an old guy I ran into on the bike path here in Santa Monica. He pulled up next to me at a stoplight--he was straddling a brand-new, multi-bucks Cannondale. He looked me up and down and said, "I'm 83, and this thing ****ing flies."

Gave up RL flying years ago--now I do it on my rig. Love PF/FB, enjoy the forums. S! to all you guys in the community.

Sakai9745
12-21-2004, 01:51 PM
33 here. My first combat flight sim was the arcade game 'Red Baron' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Die_Hard1
12-21-2004, 01:51 PM
Hey i am actually 17 but my dad is 44 and we both love this game. My pops built his own airplane and flys about 4 times a week. It's a blast flyin in a 2 seater RV4. Good games all http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bearcat99
12-21-2004, 01:53 PM
There was a poll in the GD that got removed.... probably in the forum shuffle.. but it was a pretty long poll thread and according to it @65% of the folks in here (at the time anyway) were over 40.... 25% were over 50..... I'll be 50 in August. Although sometimes I have beenm known to devolve into an 8 year old from time to time http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif.

Tobus75
12-21-2004, 02:01 PM
Three months away from the big THREE-O. Playing and flying ever since my dad got me a spankin' new commodore vic20 at the tender age of three.

J_Weaver
12-21-2004, 02:02 PM
I'm 19, and a college student. This game its the best I've ever seen. Been playing for years. I can't even remember the name of the first sim I played. I just remember escorting B-17's in my Mustang and really bad graphics that seemed great then. My true love is the outdoors. I spend most every day I can somewhere in the mountains around my home; rock climbing, hunting or just hiking. These kids don't know what their missing by living their lives on a computer. I love history too, particularly WWII, which leads us back to why I'm here.

Thanks Oleg and crew for allowing me to fly the planes I used to build models of and dream about as a kid.!

RocketDog
12-21-2004, 02:06 PM
42 year old university professor.

Always interested in aircraft, flew RC models for years. Now prefer ones that can respawn after a crash.

Regards,

RocketDog.

timholt
12-21-2004, 02:11 PM
58 and fly aerobatics as a hobby in real life. The TV has grown cobwebs since the original IL2 came out. It just gets better and I'm thoroughly addicted.

Tdavart
12-21-2004, 02:11 PM
45

Be interesting to see the age of some of the more obnoxious members here.

UKPsycho
12-21-2004, 02:21 PM
23 here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Oh, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

westcoastphil
12-21-2004, 02:35 PM
43 here. Been into planes, more specifically WWII aircraft since the day I saw "Battle of Britain" at my local theater back in 1969. I've been flying simulators since AppleIIe days back in the late 70s.

Iggy-Snaps
12-21-2004, 02:41 PM
S! 58 Here, also been playing flight sims since the days of 486 computers I started with Jet fighter which was basicly a "stick figure" dos based program then moved on to Red Barron I and II, Fighter duel (best graphics for the time) Aces over Europe, Aces of the Pacific, A-10, CFS 1,2, and 3 Il-2, FB, AEP and PF Also have a good time in multiplayer with MS Flight sim 2000, 2002, 2004. Single engine Land and Seaplane rated in real life.



http://www.geocities.com/335th/pirate2.gif

Rebel_Yell_21
12-21-2004, 02:43 PM
42 and been flying all my life.

NTESLA
12-21-2004, 02:44 PM
36 Years young. Have been playing with PC games since 1985 with the first PC flight sim from Microprose. Had a gap between 1985 until 1996 when I got back with EF2000 and then F22ADF, have not stopped since then. I mixed three of my favority past times : Flight, Technology and making movies!

UK_Jackal
12-21-2004, 02:44 PM
31 in January http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif just hope i last out for VR (Virtual Reality) 30 years time ? I hope

Schmouddle-WT
12-21-2004, 03:00 PM
25 here, flying since pirated SoloFlight on 8-bit Atari home computer smuggled into communist Czechoslovakia by my father 17 years ago. I still keep this piece of cr@p, 1,79 Mhz and 64Kbyte RAM, remember those ole days? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Never flew IRL, just dreaming.

Thanks Oleg and crew, people here on forums.
S!

NORAD_Zooly10
12-21-2004, 03:04 PM
30...uh..33..thats it, my mind has gone it seems playing computer games can really f*** your mind up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif. no seriously, the first sim i flew multiplayer was knights of the sky on the amiga (lan game) (a really old microprose ww1 flight sim) it must be about 10 years ago, i have never looked back.
~S~
Zooly

oldschool1992
12-21-2004, 03:38 PM
How many of you guys are married and have a wife like mine that thinks gaming is for losers and kids. Some times I have to tell her to STFU when she gets on my back to much. Funny thing is I only play after the kids are in bed and shes in bed watching TV or sleeping, yet she still has to ***** about me playing "stupid computer games"

stelr
12-21-2004, 03:52 PM
Will be 52 this January! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Just retired from the military after 30 years. Married...I think...anyway she's around here somewhere. I just saw her yesterday when I went upstairs for food.

gerhardius
12-21-2004, 03:59 PM
36 here. My hobbys are hockey, soccer, sim flying, sim racing, shooting and (rarely) driving slowly around race tracks. Just as my Dad gardened, wood worked and read, I unwind by flying or driving on the computer. I am very fortunate as my Dad (navy) and most of his friends are WW2 vets, including a few pilots, so flying the planes is kind of childhood thrill. When I was 5 I decided i wanted to be in the Air Force until Dad pointed out they didn't fly Corsairs, Spitfires or any of the other planes I knew about: it was now Phantoms, Voodoos and Stratofortresses. My wife is understanding but when we moved in together a few years ago she made me give away my modified recarro car seat that was my desk chair.

Maasi
12-21-2004, 04:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by oldschool1992:
How many of you guys are married and have a wife like mine that thinks gaming is for losers and kids. Some times I have to tell her to STFU when she gets on my back to much. Funny thing is I only play after the kids are in bed and shes in bed watching TV or sleeping, yet she still has to ***** about me playing "stupid computer games" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I´m married, and only time my wife gets little annoyed is when i´m stuck in some game and i´m start to go nuts with it. She has even bought games to me sometimes. She likes more that i´m home playing with my PC and consoles and other toys rather than local pub with the boys ...and she has never said that gaming is for losers or kids(in fact she´s playing with gamecube and gameboy herself http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif she´s total mario freak)

GT182
12-21-2004, 04:07 PM
LMAO.... OS1992, don't feel bad. The Warden does the same with me and all we have are 2 dogs. I fly on the puter because I can't ride my one and only love... my Harley. At least we aren't off drunk in a bar or chasin skirts. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Women will never understand the games we play, unless they play the same ones we do. And believe it or not, there are some that fly combat sims right along with the men.

Cmte. Carvalho
12-21-2004, 04:11 PM
I have 18 years old...

pacettid
12-21-2004, 04:18 PM
51 years old here, 27.5 years of it in the U.S. Military.

hawkmeister
12-21-2004, 04:24 PM
42. Grew up in airplanes. Dad owned/flew and was a WWII Pacific Theater vet. Soloed in 79, private license in 80, stopped RL flying in the mid 80s due to skyrocketing costs. Flight simming since 86 starting with C=64, then Amiga, and now PCs.

Retired (20 years) US military. Looks like alot of us here.

-Bill

Zarathael
12-21-2004, 04:34 PM
32 here, been flying sims since Aces of the Pacific. I do find it interesting that Oleg's sim is the first since then to match the GAMEPLAY/SIMULATION element of that sim. I'm still no good, but I keep flying anyway.

in2theblue
12-21-2004, 04:48 PM
Ok, i have to stick my hands up to being 43 and flying flight sims for about 12 or 13 years.
As i say to myself, your never to old to have fun.



The older i get, the better i was.
in2theblue, aka STINGER http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

Latico
12-21-2004, 05:21 PM
51 here. Have always had a thing for avialtion since I was a kid. Just never had the opertunity to license up for the real thing. My dad use the hold a private license and when I was a kid of about 11 he let me have the stick of a Cessna 150 for a spell. Couldn't quite reach the rudder peddles but I made do with the stick. By the way, My Dad is a WWII vet from the PTO, US Army 80th Chem Mort Bat. (New Guinea, Leyte, Negros, Penea) Ornery cuss is still getting around good, at almost 80. LOL

duffys_tavern
12-21-2004, 05:41 PM
58 and still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up.

reddevil49
12-21-2004, 05:48 PM
50 years young. Started flying sims with Battle Hawks on an old Tandy SX by rad shack. It had two five and a quater drives and 640K of ram. Thought that had power.

tatsuokuroda
12-21-2004, 05:49 PM
I guess I'll fall in right in the middle of the bell curve... 27 here (28 where I came from). Developed my penchant for WWII airwarfare during college, lounging around at B&N's WWII section reading various ACE stories, then Flying Tigers' history and journal and Saburo Sakai's "Samurai" ignited it all. CFS2 was a way of reliving the passion and now I'm doing the same with FB. Haven't had chance to play PF yet as my machine needs some serious upgrade. But soon will be joining you all.

icrash
12-21-2004, 05:51 PM
31 and cut my flight teeth on combat for Atari 2600 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif. I started with IL2 couple of years ago and haven't regretted it.

Yoda_100
12-21-2004, 05:54 PM
Well.......... guess I'll jump in. I'm 67. I sim at night. I just put golf on the back burner to build a boat. Been simming since Falcon3 dos. I was once a CFI and charter pilot.
"Course, I was once a lot of things. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

unseen84
12-21-2004, 06:09 PM
20 years old & in college here. Been playing sims since I was 7 or 8. Chuck Yeager's Air Combat was my first, but AOTP was the one that really addicted me for life.

BimmerRat2004
12-21-2004, 08:04 PM
38 female. The only way I made it through the bar exam after law school was by playing Aces of the Pacific. I and a friend would study for an hour or more, then take a break and fly two missions and back to studying. We did this for weeks. Went through several pilot careers this way. We did two missions only cause we'd often crash and burn too quick on the first one. It was a great way to get your adrenaline up and clear your mind. Wish the graphics were as good then though.

Landed successfully on a carrier today, husband came home just in time to see. Only had the game for a day so far, great game!

slarsson
12-21-2004, 08:13 PM
49 year old radiation oncologist and admitted il2/aep/pf addict.......

slarsson
12-21-2004, 08:13 PM
But where's the b*%$#&@ patch?

aminx
12-21-2004, 08:19 PM
53 here and still waitting for a descent pacific sim since 1994.PF has been a complete let down but there is nothing else nor anything serious on the way and worse even how much longer will i live before i get the chance to play an up to date AOTP and 1042 WAR IN THE PACIFIC?If ever,very sad indeed.
aminx

ThreeCrow
12-21-2004, 08:32 PM
60.... just turned November. Anthropologist/geographer who, too late, found that real love was History.

Von_Rat
12-21-2004, 08:33 PM
im 48.

age and treachery, will always overcome youth and talent.

(1VB)YAKMAN
12-21-2004, 08:34 PM
36, been flying on & off for the last 20 years.

SodBuster43
12-21-2004, 08:43 PM
43 here. Guess I'll have to change my name to SodBuster44 in January http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Targ
12-21-2004, 09:00 PM
Geeze! What a bunch of old geezers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
(39 in five days http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif)

Mescof1
12-21-2004, 09:26 PM
56 here and been flying sims since CFS1 came out in October of 1998.

Mescoff

Tuba2004
12-21-2004, 09:48 PM
Sorry about taking your soap Jungmann! Do I hear older than 65? LucasFilm's Their Finest Hour The Battle of Britain was the one that hooked me. I have been wishing and waiting for an updated Pacific Air War for sooo long. Many thanks to Oleg for IL2 ...-PF and to all those who contribute to this form and stay on topic and off politics.
Tuba2 :-)

chn06
12-21-2004, 09:50 PM
Will be 29 this Feb.,Since 1990 for Simfly.

HotelBushranger
12-21-2004, 10:19 PM
WOW! Holy ****!!!! Didn't know there were so many oldies http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif on the forums! Far out, most of you blokes are older than my dad lol, and hes 45, 46 i think.

VW-Icefire:
I'm 22...probably one of the youngins around this bunch.

Mate you have no idea, kinda embarassed bout it, but hey what the hell. 14 years young and proud!

Remember my first sim was Secrets of the Luftwaffe on the old 5inch disks! lol far out...can barely remember actually playing it though, but to get into it, you needed to put in a code that was on this thing that was made of two cardboard circles, the smaller one with an emblem and the bigger one with a word. It would show up and emblem and youde have to align it with the correct word or sumthing, lol been waaay to long to remember any of it.

Wow...40's,50's,60's, you guys just rock on dont ya?! But I think still playing games at that age is a wee bit too much lol, plan on joining Australian Army when I'm 20, flying S-70A9 Blackhawks. woo!

Cheers,
HBR

BlackR6
12-21-2004, 10:20 PM
24 here! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Die_Hard1
12-21-2004, 10:31 PM
Hey Hotel good luck in flyin Blackhawks. My bro flys blackhawks in the American Military. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif And my other bro is in the Marines.


Semper Fi

F4U_Flyer
12-21-2004, 10:48 PM
45 ...... and loving it !
Im one with a wife who just doesn't get it but she lets me be because she knows i love it!!

vonPletz
12-21-2004, 10:48 PM
48 here as of today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Started with Red Baron 1 way back....

Poogie67
12-21-2004, 10:59 PM
I started flying WWII aircraft with my "minds-eye" in 1976 when my parents bought me Janes' "All the World's Aircraft" & "Aircraft of WWII" for my 9th birthday. Both of them were like 20lb. books. I used to carry one or the other to school to study while teachers were giving boring lectures!:-) I remember drawing "A day in the Battle of Britain" from the ground perspective in math class 5th grade...Mr. Thompson was great. As long as I passed his tests and did his homework assignments, I could draw all morning long!!!
Now, at 37 years, I still draw all day. I'm a manager of a Drafting Dept. at a manufacturing plant; But at night I relive all the aerial battles of my youth using IL2+AEP+PF. Mostly in the ETO, as those seems to be the most moving missions to me.

Das_Aucklander
12-21-2004, 11:01 PM
hey i started with red baron 1 as well, but i got it when they give it away for free in 1998. got WWII Fighters at late 2000 and was lost to RTS and FPS before coming back to flight sim this year. i'm 20 btw.

AJM-2K4
12-21-2004, 11:07 PM
19, studying Aerospace engineering. Want to switch to an applied aviation degree so I can start flying. Been playing flight sims for 6 years (unless G-Lock for the SEGA Game Gear counts?). When I'm not flying I volunteer at the local old folks home but apparently that won't be necessary anymore; I'll just fly with you lot. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

billy885
12-21-2004, 11:13 PM
61 here and been flying flight sims since I got my first computer in 1986, some Jet sims that ran under DOS, cant remember the name of it.

Thanks Oleg and Company for all you have done for us. Downloaded your first IL-2 demo and have been hooked ever since. :-)

clayman_52
12-22-2004, 12:44 AM
Wow, a lot babyboomers here ... and so many birthday's in January!

Let's see, have to think back now ... I started flying the day they wheeled a "Pong" game into our campus commons in 1972! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

55 in January.
<span class="ev_code_GREY">.</span>

Billy_BigBoy
12-22-2004, 12:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Targ:
Geeze! What a bunch of old geezers http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
(39 in five days http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
december 27?
That's when I turn 39 to m8
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

Gullwing
12-22-2004, 12:52 AM
40 here, and an MD in real life.

XyZspineZyX
12-22-2004, 01:28 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Hello,

I am 49 years old 50 in may next year.
The first simulation that I did play was B1 bomber on my first TRS-80. Text only no graphics.
The second maybe five years later was "BattleHawk 1942" from Lucasfilms and this game I did play on my first PVC a Amstrad 286. This game was allready a serious one, with F4F-3 and Zeros but also Val's and SBD's, Kates and Devastador's, three campaigns, many mission and a superb manual that I stil have.
After that it got better and better, Bob, secret weapons of the Luftwaffe, Europeanair war, Pacific air war and 1946, Chuck Yeager combat pilot (not sure of the name for this one) and in between Red Baron and Red baron 2.
Some modern also Falcon AT until Falcon4 and all the serie of F-15's without frogetting Tornado bomber.
You see all a serie of games that got better and better in more powerful PC's.
Until now IL2 is the best!
Thanks Oleg.

Sensei.

hframpto
12-22-2004, 01:33 AM
Ahhhh what a blast! 58 years here and bro is 74. We fly pretty well every day,Mon and Thursdays he heads to Legion with the other old cronies to play snooker, other than that we are flying and having a ball.

69th_Lucky

csThor
12-22-2004, 01:56 AM
Holy cr*p! What a bunch of oldies here. I feel like a toddler with my 24 years http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

TheGozr
12-22-2004, 01:58 AM
37 here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

CPS_Shadow
12-22-2004, 02:11 AM
47 here, first sim was MS Flight Simulator 1.0 on an IBM-PC, any one else remember the arcade dog fight game in that version. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Played other sims on and off through the years but never got hooked until Lucasfilms BOB their finest hour, I loved that game. Not to much interested me after that, until I got this one... now I am really hooked.

ustahl
12-22-2004, 02:14 AM
I'm turning as little as 60 only on christmas day. Started with some obscure flying games on an Amiga 500 back in the stone ages. Anyone remember "Battlehawks 1942"? Now it's FB/PF all the way, occasionally FS2004, besides constantly tweaking my rig to squeeze out max performance & eye candy. Eagerly waiting for SH3, too.

Season's Greetings
Uffe

Soapy_112th
12-22-2004, 02:17 AM
I'm 36 next month, most of my Squad are in their late 20's and one guy is over 60, also a few non squad flyers that I know are also in their later years too. The last squad flight we had was a walking wounded extravaganza, one guy had recently crashed his motorbike, another had a damaged shoulder, I have the onset of arthritis and our oldest pilot had eye trouble http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

In these types of situations, close formation flying is not recomended http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ronin_3ra2004
12-22-2004, 02:19 AM
37 here http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif

HW3
12-22-2004, 02:27 AM
53 here, 54 in May.

SeaFireLIV
12-22-2004, 04:20 AM
can`t be bothered.

Raptor_20thFG
12-22-2004, 04:42 AM
22 Here and my wife dosent understand it either but I plan on getting her hooked soon enough

wintergoose
12-22-2004, 04:54 AM
I am 57 and have played for 2 years now.

Kupper
12-22-2004, 05:10 AM
Just turned 50... been virtual flying since "Red Baron". Daughter just reminded me of the time she happened to turn the corner of our old "computer room", to see me fiddling with something between my legs (joystick of course...tho she couldn't see that from her perspective...), all she could do was scream "Daaaaad............"....

x6BL_Brando
12-22-2004, 05:18 AM
I turned 55 a couple of months ago. I lost my right arm in a motorcycle accident at Christmas '95 and started flying in Dawn of Aces a year later. Found IL2 when it came out, never left http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

OldMan____
12-22-2004, 06:20 AM
24 years old, playing since 7 and now developing games.

It is impressive how people think PC games are for kids and losers. There are many more activities that are much more less usefull, more expensive and less criative... and do not suffer from this pre-conception.

Bearcat99
12-22-2004, 07:05 AM
You should have made this a poll that way we could get a snapshot of the demographics...at least the age demographics any way.... at a glance. Either way IMO posts like this are always interesting..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

The diversity here amazes me still..

Bearcat99
12-22-2004, 07:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BimmerRat2004:
38 female. The only way I made it through the bar exam after law school was by playing Aces of the Pacific. I and a friend would study for an hour or more, then take a break and fly two missions and back to studying. We did this for weeks. Went through several pilot careers this way. We did two missions only cause we'd often crash and burn too quick on the first one. It was a great way to get your adrenaline up and clear your mind. Wish the graphics were as good then though.

Landed successfully on a carrier today, husband came home just in time to see. Only had the game for a day so far, great game! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey first post!! Welcome aboard!! Just what we need around here.... more ladies.... and LAWYERS!!LMAO..... Wait till it really sinks in........ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif This sim is a masterpiece.

svincent9
12-22-2004, 07:15 AM
31 now. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I've been palying military flight sims since the old days of Falcon AT on Atari 520ST in 1987(?). After that : Falcon 3.0, Tornado with its Desert Storm add-on (my all-time favourite), 1942 PAW, Fleet Defender... til Forgotten Battles-Pacific Fighters.

Thanks Oleg for these last two !

Bearcat99
12-22-2004, 07:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by oldschool1992:
How many of you guys are married and have a wife like mine that thinks gaming is for losers and kids. Some times I have to tell her to STFU when she gets on my back to much. Funny thing is I only play after the kids are in bed and shes in bed watching TV or sleeping, yet she still has to ***** about me playing "stupid computer games" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tell her what i tell my wife...."Honey... this isnt a game... it's a simulator. LOL... Now my wife has taken up beading so I dont have to worry about it. I can barely get a rise out of her as she franticly searches for that turquoise ball in her bead box...LOL

F19_Ob
12-22-2004, 07:24 AM
34 in elderly body http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif
My wife bought me an internetconnection so I could be killed online.
She is happy I stay home nowadays and actuallly says it gives her a warm fuzzy feeling hearing me curse and shout in my study!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif
I stopped trying to understand women a long time ago........I just go with the flow.

Inadaze
12-22-2004, 07:32 AM
33 here, though I did think I was 34 for a few months till I realised it was still 2004 and not 2005 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Inadaze

Spartaristos
12-22-2004, 07:44 AM
35 years old here, 15 years of it in the Greece Air force http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

poguedonkey
12-22-2004, 08:16 AM
23, been playing flight sims since 1989 and the atari 520stfm, yeager, the orginal b17, a pacific themed one in bad 2d.

don't have the time like i did when i was at uni to really devote my life to computer games and teenage girls.

Gawwad
12-22-2004, 08:30 AM
I'm only 16. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif
The greatest thing about this game is that there are not so many children (childish children, erm... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif) ruining the game whit no respect to other players!
I'm definetly not a child whit my many, many years! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Woof603
12-22-2004, 08:37 AM
75 here and still zooming around Miami Beach http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

SeminoleX
12-22-2004, 08:48 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by oldschool1992:
43 here my wife cant understand why I play computer "games" she thinks its for kids only and that I should grow up

She also thinks anyone over 25 playing video games is a loser. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sounds like my wife too....LOL..but it isn't the sim playing she really objects to. I think she sees the computer as competitor for attention.

I'll be 54 on Christmas day and playing flight sims keeps my mind active....I hope. My interest in WW II and military history in general fits hand in glove with military flight sims and other related military "games."

At my age I have the sense to go around hurrdles I can no longer jump over. I only play when the wife's away...or sleeping.

actionhank1786
12-22-2004, 08:53 AM
Wow i've never felt so young!
I'm 18 (19 in April).
I'm joining a Fraternity at Missouri University next semmester, luckily i found the nerdy one that sits around all day playing Halo and Mario Tennis. So i'll fit in just fine confined to my room playing PF http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

tradish
12-22-2004, 08:57 AM
19 here, going 20 in a few days. I've been playing flight sims since I was 10, Red Baron was the first ever game I got.

Sly401RCAF
12-22-2004, 08:58 AM
47 goin on 16........... good line from a good song, Just about sums most of us up

Sly

cpirrmann
12-22-2004, 11:11 AM
Turned 44 5 days ago.Got my pilots license in 1995 and been playing flight sims since before computers. Anyone remember board war games..Avalon Hill's Red Baron?

Grey_Wolf59th
12-22-2004, 11:58 AM
Salute!Wow,,interesting thread ages range from 16-75,from what i seen/read so far and the majority are in the 30's-50's's.The wife also thinks computer sim's are for kids.She may be right?Are we not all Kids at Heart?anyways glad to see that i'm not alone at 45.BTW"Have a Enjoyable Holiday Season" and be Safe,S! to all,,,,, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Wseivelod
12-22-2004, 12:39 PM
Under 30.... started playing flight sims when I was WAAAYYYY under thirty. I'm 19 now, I was 8 then. I'll outfly any of you anyday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DarkCanuck420
12-22-2004, 12:42 PM
21 winters for me. im a uni student and love history wwII just facinates me to think it was the turning point in our civilization. my grandfather served in England forget which air field. and my greatuncle was shot down in the battle for germany. he was a pathfinder (droping flares for the bombers). with computers advancing as fast as they are i just wanted to grap the opportunity to get a taste of what it was like. im sure glad i didnt have to go through it though!
Happy Holydays
Cheers!
================================================

rblanshard
12-22-2004, 02:48 PM
32 and in real estate sales. I've for CFS 2 and 3, LOMAC and this is my favorite series by far. I'm also into racing sims - I can't wait for GTR to hit the States in early 2005.

I think my first flight sim was Stike Eagle by Micro Prose. Something like 7th or 8th grade, 12 or 13 if I'm not mistaken. Ahh, 16 wonderful colors and flying with the arrow keys, those were the days.

Gr7_Bizu-RO
12-22-2004, 02:59 PM
Going on 37.This is me some 34 years ago when i
caught the ,,aviation virus". That was my first plane that i flew in,one of my favorites still.
P.Z.L.,, Wilga".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/yago9/load15.jpg

SoyBender
12-22-2004, 05:20 PM
37 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

S!
_______________
III/JG52_Bender

heywooood
12-22-2004, 05:24 PM
does the age I am often accused of being count?

WulfJG26
12-22-2004, 05:54 PM
will be 43 in March. Started with Knights of the Sky (loved those Endeckers)back in the 80's.

WulfJG26
12-22-2004, 05:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cpirrmann:
Turned 44 5 days ago.Got my pilots license in 1995 and been playing flight sims since before computers. Anyone remember board war games..Avalon Hill's Red Baron? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL I still have that game somewhere and several other Avalon Hill games.

Diablo310th
12-22-2004, 06:03 PM
50 here and climbing. IL2 was my first flight sim i flew enough to learn and get interested in. That's been about 2 1/2 years now.

Firebird_79vRAF
12-22-2004, 06:26 PM
~S~

33 here, first flight sim was "B17 Flying Fortress" on the Commodore 64.

dadiceman
12-22-2004, 06:32 PM
Hi,
I'm 36...
Origionally bought a computer to play 1942 Pacific Air War Gold.
Bought and loved all the IL-2 versions!!!
Really love Pacific Fighters... WWII US Naval/USMC Aviation... nothing better!!!!!
Bummed about the whole "no new "Northrop" planes deal"
Northrop you suck!!
Regards,
Mark

Wemic
12-22-2004, 06:58 PM
42 and counting.

ak-71
12-22-2004, 07:59 PM
33 now. Started with F19 in 1993 (Russia http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif).
Now I also play MSFS2004 and wait for a middle life crisis to come - then I will have an excuse for getting a flying license.

Galland0
12-22-2004, 09:13 PM
Hello all

41 this past Dec 15th, always been a wargame nut. I used to pack up a couple Avalon Hill games with my guitars to tour with. The bus would get REALLY boring sometimes, LOL! I think my first PC sims were Battle of Britain (Lucasarts) and I remember the Micropose and Janes series on Dos. LOL the other musicians would always wonder what the hell was so intresting about wargames.

My son (9 years old) is flying PF too, I had to pick up a X52 Saitek for him this Xmas his Logitec wasn't doing it for him... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Games and simulators saved my sanity throughout my career "Sharon! have you seen my copy of IL2!?!" LOL!

S! to all!

JR_Greenhorn
12-22-2004, 10:11 PM
Galland0,
Have you seen this thread (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=7111036452) yet?



I'll be 25 in two weeks.
I just got married this summer. My wife doesn't like me playing silly computer games, and I can't even play Il-2 around her yet! Just wait 'til she sees how hooked I am on that one!

GAU-8
12-22-2004, 10:33 PM
turned 32 in OCT... but the nice thing is..

look 20, act 20, feel 20, dress 20...

well then.. im 20!
right?

Galland0
12-22-2004, 11:25 PM
From JR_Greenhorn
Galland0,
Have you seen this thread yet?

Thanks for the heads up JR_Greenhorn http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

S!

ImpStarDuece
12-22-2004, 11:32 PM
Dont know if this has been said yet, but its a well know phrase around my neck of the woods:

"Your only as old as the woman you feel"

Which makes me 22.

For the record, I am only 24 so i guess 2 years isn't too much of a difference

Feathered_IV
12-23-2004, 03:44 AM
35 years here - Sheesh!

DuxCorvan
12-23-2004, 04:14 AM
33, the age famous people use to die. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Still attractive, despite the 'growing learning curve' beneath my chest...

And single... which is a bless between 16:00 and 22:00 PM, and really sad after that... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

You lucky guys... you found a girl before finding this thing in the stores, that they use to hate so much -with exceptions that I gladly see above- just the third thing they hate most after sandwiches in the bed and speaker cables around the sofa... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Maenniskopesten
12-23-2004, 04:41 AM
turning 21 in 5 days, my first flight sim (or game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) was "Their finest Hour", i must of been about seven as i started flight sims.

Wolkenbeisser
12-23-2004, 04:54 AM
35 here

I' am playing on a LAN every two month with my dad (59), my cousin (37), a friend (15), and another friend (33) - all have fun and are proud to be "young enough" to play a game like this

Popey13
12-23-2004, 05:12 AM
Hello jungmann
You're not the oldest http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
65 years old here! who's better ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Cheers

Popey the oldmann http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

MrOblongo
12-23-2004, 06:16 AM
20 yrs old here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, been playing since 1990 (FS 2.0) or 5/6 yrs old http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif. Heh almost born with my hands in a joystick...

PS: The oldest man i have seen playing this game was a REAL WW2 veteran of 89 yrs...his eyes where shinning of emotion when he flew the He111 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif.

Backdraft57
12-23-2004, 06:28 AM
46 here. Been playing since the "stick figure" bi-plane days myself. My wife and kids say im "obsessed" with WW2 airplanes. I just say, well at least im at home and not out drinking and chasing wild women!

han freak solo
12-23-2004, 06:47 AM
I'll be 40 in February. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif First simulator for me was an instrument panel linked to a pencil above paper, drawing a flight path. No PC involved.

First PC simulator was Pro Flight, which bored me silly. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

WOLFMondo
12-23-2004, 06:52 AM
27 on jan 2nd

bigchump
12-23-2004, 06:59 AM
57 here. Joystick still works OK without viagra.

DuxCorvan
12-23-2004, 07:15 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Popey13:
Hello jungmann
You're not the oldest http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
65 years old here! who's better ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Cheers

Popey the oldmann http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually my dad loves FB/PF, and he's 72 now.

HotelBushranger
12-23-2004, 07:59 AM
Wow. The difference in ages is really amazing

And to the bloke that wished my luck in flying: cheers mate lol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Spartaristos:35 years old here, 15 years of it in the Greece Air force

Beauty!

Some mention bout family in wars: Had a great grandfather serve in the AIF in France, Belgium in WW1, a distance relative a fighter pilot in the RAF, shot down in 1945. And a grandfather who served in the Finnish Air Force. Im half aussie, half finn you see lol.

Great to see this community doesn't stop at age 18, which i naevely assumed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif my bad lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

tigertalon
12-23-2004, 08:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by unclehubert:
_With all this talk of the learning curve of flight sims like FB/AEP/FB, does anyone know what the age demographic for users is? Are most sim pilots under 30, over 30?_

I fondly (not really) remember my first introduction to flight simming on a PC. It was a black and white rendering of biplanes, with little periods as bullets, and essentially a damage model that was a stick figure(the plane) breaking apart...then there was an F/A 18 sim that wasn't much better and on and on.

Well, for me, this sim represents a HUGE improvement from the good ol' days, and I'm having a blast flying against others online. I love to see an opponent taking a "hit" from my cannon, the smoke trails etc etc. Overall, people are courteous and respectful and are having fun...which is what it's all about. Sure there are the occasional cheats who magically skip all over the sky, but all in all it's pretty darned good.

We owe Oleg and his compatriots a big "Thank You" for investing in what must be a labor of love...he is obviously in it for more than money, and I get irritated with the folks who constantly whine about this or that...Frankly, I would be perfectly happy if there wasn't another patch (go ahead ladies, flame me for that). Maybe it's because I don't really miss the stick figure biplanes!!

_So, the question is: Am I a solo 47 year old playing out my own personal fantasy of flying in combat using WWII aircraft, or are there other old timers out there? Just curious..._ <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi

I'm 27, not RL pilot yet, my first sim was Chuck Yeager's Air combat... Anyone remember that? It was really superb for it's time. 6 flyables (P51, Fw190, MiG15, F86, MiG21, F4) For example: If you were not carefull when firing IR missile, missile blazed towards the sun...

But there was a problem with FW190 weapons also: You could fire MGs or inner cannons or outer cannons only separately, not together http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

[Gypsy]
12-23-2004, 10:02 AM
60 as of 13 Oct 2004...

RACFrankenstein
12-23-2004, 01:51 PM
37 years young! Married (5 years married, but we've been together for the past 19 years... doesn't sound so long when you say it fast http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif) and I'm a Set Decorator from Toronto, Canada. I've been playing flight sims since the old Red Baron I days.

unclehubert
12-23-2004, 04:24 PM
WOW!! When I started the thread, I never realized so many would "check in".

I hope Oleg has a chance to see these posts...so many of us get so much pleasure from this, and it's fun to see that people of ALL ages can enjoy the thrill of flying.

I, too, once flew single engine aircraft (until I ran out of money), and had the opportunity to go for rides in a biplane (Christian Eagle) and military trainer (Fouga Magistaire).

I have found that sim flying can be just as enjoyable as the real thing (well, OK almost), and I'm again very thankful for people like Oleg who do this out of passion rather than greed.

Salut to all!! Happy Holidays, and may we all meet in the skies for 2005.

Uncle Hubert

falling-bird
12-23-2004, 04:57 PM
50 last August. This is sublimation of all those kits I made as a kid going NNNEEEEEOOOOOWWWWW around my room. As a skilled craftsman I didn€t consider I needed to be computer aware until about eight years ago when my then lady friend, now Mrs Falling Bird, introduced me to the joys of the copy and paste. Suddenly discovered EAW and never looked back. Love it.

Treetop64
12-23-2004, 05:32 PM
I'm 34. I Had no idea there were so many old skogies in these forums! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

jensenpark
12-23-2004, 05:45 PM
Turned 40 a few months back...have this game (and better yet) my 4 and 5 year old boys to keep me young.

Like everyone else, I'm amazed/impressed by the spread of the ages.

Great to see such wide appeal for the game we love...

Wseivelod
12-23-2004, 05:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
33, the age famous people use to die. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif
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hehe now it's 27

catrevey
12-23-2004, 06:23 PM
I am 55 years old and enjoy the IL2 series very much. I started with auto racing simulators and progressed thru the CFS series. I presently mostly fly the AEP-PF series and The PC Soaring Flight Simulator. I have always liked warbirds and have learned much along the way. Cheers http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif