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The popularity of flying virtual reality planes

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I recently discovered that there’s a whole word of virtual reality planes out there. I was visiting my brother in law, and he showed me his cockpit, which basically consisted of a variety of gadgets that he’d made that resembled a proper cockpit. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed with this, and the game that he went on to show me.

 

It seems that you can fly quite realistic planes that you need to fly to and from various airports around the world, and you can do this in real time. This means that if a flight from one airport to another takes 6 hours in real life, it will take 6 hours in the game. That’s a lot of commitment! Incredibly, the virtual reality planes are so realistic, my charming brother in law, could fly a plane for real. I think that’s pretty amazing, and it seems I’m not the only one to think that.

 

This type of virtual reality plan flying is hugely popular, I just had no idea this concept existed, and that it was taken so seriously. After buying himself a cap, and adding a camera to it, so that the images on his monitors moves in line with his head movements, my brother in law now has a very realistic flying experience.

 

 

What can you do while flying?

 

As I mentioned earlier, a flight that takes 6 hours to complete in real life, will take 6 hours to complete in the game, so what can you do during this time? My brother in law, keeps an eye on his flight, as he would have to in real life, but he also does Stave Puzzles, while creating other bits of tech and reading all about Java. He certainly keeps himself busy! I guess you don’t have to be at the screen the whole of the flight, unless there are bad weather conditions.

 

If you’re flying a plane for real, you can probably put it on autopilot for a bit, and you’re no doubt informed when you need to take over. As long as my brother in law stays nearby, and he keeps an eye on how the flight is going, he can spend those 6 hours doing pretty much whatever he wants.

 

With training videos available, the opportunity to buy more planes, and learn how to fly those, it’s safe to say that this specific part of the gaming industry is going to be around for quite some time.

Can gaming teach you about life?

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If you ask anyone who has never sat in front of a console before, they will tell you that gaming simply cannot teach you about life. The fact of the matter is that it can teach you about life, but it all depends on the type of games that you play.

 

Young children are often encourage to learn how to do maths, read, and even get creative via a games console. Many games directed towards the young, can help them to learn, and inevitably master a wide range of skills that they would not learn until they went to school.

 

But when kids get older, and they’re sat in front of games that involve them shooting zombies, or the enemy during world war II, what can they possibly learn? The fact is that they won’t always learn things that are very realistic, but they will and can learn about historical events, which guns were used in the war, and even who was on what side.

 

Getting out there and living life

 

Gaming will only teach you about life to a degree, you simply cannot learn all that you need to know, via a games console. Getting out there and living life is the best way to do this, but this isn’t to say that playing various games is not worthwhile.

 

A lot of driving games will teach you the basics about driving a car, or even a truck, but it won’t show you exactly what driving is really like, there will always be a few differences.

 

Fighting games will enable you to relieve your frustration, but they won’t tell you exactly how to do the manoeuvres. What’s more is you may not know exactly what gear you need to keep you safe in a fight (Go to http://www.tigerstrike.com/equipment/sparring-gear/foam/ for more information), or exactly what you need to do in order to stay alive.

 

Gaming can in theory teach you a lot about life, and it’s safe to say that games are getting more and more realistic, but no-one will be able to learn all that they need to know about life, through a game.

 

I guess that in the future, we will all have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world of gaming, whether we’re sitting in front of a console, or we’re immersed in a virtual reality world. It’s definitely safe to say that for now, games can only teach you so much, but if you want to learn about life, then you need to live it for real.