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Jun 16, 2017, 03:25 AM
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Death of the flight simulator


Didn't realize Microsoft discontinued its flight simulator work in 2008. Considering the improvements in graphics hardware, the flight simulator was no longer the most immersive experience possible. What people want is immersion. The most difficult material to render accurately is human characters while the easiest is stationary landscapes. That limited the most immersive games before 1991 to flight simulators.


It was a miracle in 1991 when the 1st 1 mile resolution satellite photos started getting overlaid in the Aviator program that ran on Sun workstations. The immersion wouldn't compare with today's animated character games.
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