Flight Simers, what do you fly?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by PracticalMac, May 13, 2010.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    PracticalMac

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    #1
    Specify platform (Mac, Windows, Linux) with the software.

    10.5:
    X-Plane (want!): I have been looking it, looks really great (comments wanted).
    Battleground Europe.com/ I play to get my flight sim fix for some "don't give a damm" fun.

    Windows (on occasion when I start my PC. Recently in box after move):
    IL-2
    Wings of Prey
     
  2. lukefinch macrumors 6502

    lukefinch

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    Location:
    South Yorkshire, England
    #2
    i play flight simulator X. By far the best IMHO
     
  3. dimme macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Location:
    SF, CA
    #3
    I fly FSX 60% of the time in Windows 7 and X-plane 40% of the time mostly in OS X but sometimes in windows. X-plane seems to run a little better in Windows.
     
  4. wolfgame macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Location:
    Kerrville, Tx
    #4
    Some help for mini displayport to 47" LG

    Had my macbook pro for 2 weeks and want to fly X Plane on my HDTV. Have been a little confused on the hook up. Apple wants you to attach TWO adapters in order to connect with HDMI. Have found others that are "direct" (straight from mini display port to female HDMI plug). Will this work? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Also, need to get joystick or yoke. Can someone recommend some models that work well with
    x plane and Macbook Pro? Thanks, wolfgame
     
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3

    dmr727

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    Location:
    Southern California
    #5
    Either should work fine. For my wife's Macbook, I have a mini display port to HDMI adapter, and then a standard HDMI cable between that and my TV. I like this setup because I can leave one end of the HDMI cable connected behind the TV, and the other end is free to be connected to the Macbook, or any other HDMI device. It works great, and if you go through Amazon, it's cheap too.
     
  6. wolfgame macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Location:
    Kerrville, Tx
    #6
    Thanks for the info. I will try it and see what happens. I buy everything I can through Amazon. Love it! It seems that, although I received my MBP the last week of April, it is not the latest model:mad: It had been backordered for a while. Since I started looking into flying x-plane I have become aware of a problem passing the audio through the HDMI cable. May I ask which model MBP have you had success with? Mine is:

    MacBookPro5,3
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    Also, do you have any suggestions for a joy stick or yoke?
     
  7. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

    Revelation78

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #7
    For those that like combat flight sims, Leadpursuit is looking at porting over Falcon4 AF to the Mac platform. It's still a good ways off, but it's coming.
     
  8. Huntn macrumors G5

    Huntn

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Location:
    The Misty Mountains
    #8
    Falcon4 was the most indepth modern military flt sim I've ever flown. It was impressive. As far as the OP, when I fly now which is infrequent, it is usually X-Plane.
     
  9. ThomasLund macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    #9
    Are you primarily looking for hardcore flight sims - or would arcadish flight sims also be something you are interested in?

    Reason I ask is, that I'm a indie game dev - and working on a arcade flight sim prototype similar to "Heroes over Europe" set in WW2.

    And I'm very interested in hearing what the Mac crowd has to say in that regards. From what I can see, there is really no offering in this space for Mac'ers.

    /Thomas
     
  10. Huntn macrumors G5

    Huntn

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Location:
    The Misty Mountains
    #10
    The Mac has been bypassed by most flight sims, because even on the PC it was a small market. The Mac market traditionally has been to small to bother with. If you were to ask those Mac users who want to fly a flight sim, I really can't guess the breakdown of who wants arcade vs realism.

    However, there is a substantial group who want to believe they could really be flying that fighter in a dogfight and realism is important. I am a pilot for a living, and I wanted a realistic flight model in the flight sims I flew. This becomes much more evident in WWII/I era fighters. My favorite sim was Warbirds. My son and I used to launch on the same server and fly on each other's wing. Much fun and an outstanding flight model. You just can't point the nose up and go up for very long. In modern aircraft flight sims due to higher thrust, an arcade flight model can be masked slightly, but not really. :)
     
  11. ThomasLund macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    #11
    Yeah - (and sorry for stealing the thread a little) - I realize that asking hardcore flight sim'ers about their preferences is a tough uphill battle for me. Was just triggered by the topic.

    The market is very very small - and growing smaller all the time - for real flight sims. I myself loved Falcon 4, but trying to do something similar now would be suicide.

    Next best is the arcade shooter genre, where flying is the theme more than the content so to speak. Heroes of the Pacific / over Europe, as well as Red Baron and Blazing Angles have shown that on the consoles at least there is a market for these games still.

    Anyways - will stay put for now and then make my own thread once there is more to show.

    /Thomas
     
  12. Huntn macrumors G5

    Huntn

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Location:
    The Misty Mountains
    #12
    You weren't stealing the thread as you can tell by the huge response to the topic. ;) I'm sure the flyers here would love discussing a new flying game. Even in an arcade game some basic flight characteristics could be added to give the illusion. Airspeed bleed off as a result of attitude and applied Gs. :)
     
  13. dmr727 macrumors G3

    dmr727

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    Location:
    Southern California
    #13
    I think any kind of flying game would be well received on the Mac. Like Huntn said, an arcade like game can do very well with even minimal flight characteristics. I used to really like Hellcats back in the old days of the Mac - the controls were simple, so it was more arcade like than full-on simulation, but it was still very immersive. A-10 was my all time favorite, even to this day.
     
  14. bladerunner88 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2009
    Location:
    Off World
    #14
    Mac Combat Flight Sims

    Thomas - perhaps you could get some ideas by going back and looking at what was perhaps the "Golden Age" of Mac Flight Sims. Games like Parsoft's A-10 Attack, Graphic Sims F/A-18 Hornet Series and Spectrum Holobytes F-16 Falcon. Also Hellcats Over the Pacific! I think just like in Field of Dreams "If you build it they will come!" Seems as previous posters have noted us on the Mac side have been all but abandoned when it comes to modern Mac combat flight Sims,

    Hopefully all that could change....?

    I mean even Bungies "Marathon" epic has been ported to run on OSX!
     

Share This Page