View Full Version : Sims, And Real Life

03-21-2005, 01:39 PM
Here's something to think about. Has playing FB, PF, or any other sim for that matter, helped you in real life? In my own experience, Flying combat in a sim, has given me a more heightened sense of situational awareness in the real world. While driveing for example, I find myself paying more attention to my instruments then befor. Also, I'm more intuned with the other cars around me. I always practiced defensive driveing in the past, but since flying virtual combat, it's become more like second nature. I'm sure this is the case for real life pilots. Also, here's a story about trusting your instruments. Last summer, my buddy and I were Striped Bass fishing on Long Island Sound, off the coast of Mamaroneck, N.Y. It was at night, since these fish feed more actively at this time. Keep in mind, my buddy has a serious fishing machine, packed with all the needed electronics. We had a great time catching our limit of Bass, but became alittle nervous when a thick fog blanketed the area, very quickly. Decideing to head home, we fired up the GPS, punched in our waypoint, and proceeded with caution. I'm not lieing when I say our visibility was 40 ft. max. Some time during the trip, my buddy stopped useing his instruments, and relied on instinct instead. I don't have to tell you how many accidents and crashes are caused because of this error. I realised, after looking at the GPS and compass, that we were headed away from our intended waypoint, and let my bud know. Now, my friend knows I'm into simming, so I told him of a recent virtual combat mission I flew in real crappy weather. It was'nt unlike what we were going through at the time. I told him to trust his instruments. I did, and I made it back to base, and we'll make it back to port. After finally letting the instruments do their job, it was'nt long befor we sighted the flashing buoy outside our harbor. What a night! Anyway, I just wanted to share with all of you how playing FB has had a small influence in my daily life. Mabey it has for you also.

03-21-2005, 03:58 PM
The impact of FB on me in RL may be greater than most. I have an inner ear condition that from time-to-time makes me very dizzy with vertigo. These episodes can last from several minutes to several hours. I've been telling my wife for some time now that flying IL2 helps reduce the severety of these attacks. Until recently I didn't have proof to back up my claims and she would always give me that "yeah, likely story" look. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Well, check this link out!


Scientific evidence that flight simms are actually theraputic for me!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Since there is no cure for my ailment, this means a life sentence of playing flight simms! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

03-21-2005, 04:38 PM
When I walk around, I form a triangle with my index fingers and thumbs and hold it about four inches away from my nose. When people ask me why I do this, I have explain that I am practicing flying in "cockpit view only" ...


03-21-2005, 05:02 PM
Good news, Dizz http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

personally, My head's on a swivel when I do things like drive a car, so SA-wise, I'm as good as I'm gonna git

If you haven't been paying attention while driving before, please do. I've nearly been killed in a car by a twit who wasn't paying attention while driving his. The life you save may be mine http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

03-21-2005, 05:30 PM
I was hoping this would be a self help thread, you see if I had a real life I wouldnt play this game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

03-21-2005, 05:31 PM
IL2 and LOMAC made me a more aggressive driver, unfortunately.

Countless are the times that I lined up some assshole on a splattered bug, pressed my cruise control buttons on the steering wheel expecting machine gun and cannon fire...

03-21-2005, 08:57 PM
Yes while sitting in traffic, i just want to blast the car in front of me with 50 cal's http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

03-21-2005, 11:57 PM
Leading cars on the highway http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

03-22-2005, 12:16 AM
lol - Flight simming IS good for you, that's so cool, mental note to relate this to Girlfriend lol.
Seriously though mate, glad that it helps with your condition - Wow good for you and you enjoy it - gotta be one of the luckiest guys around!!!

Situational awareness is something I have in real life but have not quite grasped it in game yet, I undertsnad it completely but end up getting blinkers on when I have a target in site and some times forget about my 6. I drive reach trucks so need SA in real life and I seem to have it, never had one bump and thats quite an acheivment compared to the other guys I work with lol

03-22-2005, 12:17 AM
i have become more aware of certain flight dynamics after using PF. Based on real life flying. I probably know more about unusal attitudes then some CFIs. SO YES it does help a lot!