Miscellany: Introducing Flight Sim Fridays

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Hey friends, I am super excited about this new thing I’ll be doing on Fridays, now that I’ve finished Yakuza. I had so much fun over these last several months playing my favorite classic sims that I’m going to make it a weekly thing! Each week, we’ll go through one campaign in one sim until I finish it or get fed up with it. I’m gonna stick to a few things, such as:

Update 1/13/23

I’m updating the rules as follows:

  • I’ll play until my fun runs out. I don’t want any sim to outstay its welcome.

Original Rules

  • We’ll choose one theater/campaign per sim and stick with that.
  • I’ll complete every training mission.
  • If my pilot dies I’ll just restart a new one and keep going. The primary goal is finishing a campaign.
  • If I find a game too difficult or annoying I give myself permission to move on.

This way I can focus on the fun of playing the sim, which is the primary goal isn’t it? :)

Now I have plenty of sims in the pipe, and I’m going to play through them in basically chronological order of release. Here’s the full list, in order:

I’ve decided to have a list of sims I want to spend more time with, and sims I can spend less time with if they’re not that great. These are as follows:

Primary Sims – I’ll play these a longer and a bit more seriously.

  1. F-19 Stealth Fighter – Finished as of 3/24/23, at least for now.
  2. Gunship 2000 – Finished on 8/4/23!
  3. Tornado – Current as of 8/25/23.
  4. 1942: Pacific Air War
  5. Hind
  6. EF2000
  7. Jane’s Fighters Anthology
  8. Enemy Engaged
  9. European Air War
  10. Falcon 4/BMS

Secondary Sims – I’ll play these more casually.

  1. F-15 Strike Eagle II
  2. F-16 Combat Pilot
  3. A-10 Tank Killer
  4. MegaFortress
  5. Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
  6. Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat
  7. F-117a Stealth Fighter 2.0
  8. Harrier Jump Jet
  9. Stunt Island
  10. Falcon Gold
  11. Comanche
  12. Apache
  13. iF-16/F-16 Fighting Falcon
  14. Red Baron 3D
  15. Strike Fighters 2
  16. IL-2: Great Battles

This is going to be so much fun you guys. I cannot wait to dive into all these classic sims. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll see you in the skies on Friday.

Author: Brian Rubin

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