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#3087874 - 09/06/10 05:34 AM Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim!  
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Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim!
Or, Have You Recently Lost Your HOTAS?
by Tom "20mm" Hayden

20mm takes a humorous look at the inevitable problem all simmers face at some point and time. No, not THAT problem.

http://www.simhq.com/_commentary/all_042a.html


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#3087886 - 09/06/10 06:27 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Holy crap, Tom! I sure hope that you get better soon. Heed that Doctor's advice.

By the way, that SD thing isn't contagious, is it?

Has anyone seen the hand-sanitizer?

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Nice article, bud. I think we can all relate to periods where real life commitments prevented us from enjoying our virtual hobby. Hope you can carve out some "personal" time in the near future for a little simulation entertainment.


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#3087897 - 09/06/10 07:34 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Get well soon Tom.


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#3087934 - 09/06/10 09:41 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Good read. I sure can relate to that, I've actually been having the same conversation with myself for the last couple of days. I just don't sim enough anymore. These days I'm mostly flying liners in FSX, so I'm looking at a least one/two hours per flight, which is not always easy to squeeze in your daily schedule. My cure ? I started landing Cessnas in the brush again, like I used to when I picked up FSX. Great fun, short but intense, and there's always time for it.

Luckily I don't use a HOTAS, so there's no risk of loosing that...

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#3088187 - 09/06/10 06:21 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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I can relate to a lot of this. Sometimes what is supposed to be fun feels like effort. This is the main reason I'm looking into building a pit - something I can just hop in and go. I also seem to start on new titles very late and it just seems like I'm way behind everyone else. I'm hoping that A-10 will be the first time that I get in when the door opens and learn as everyone else does. It's hard jumping in even a year later and having to go through mounds of information to get up to speed.


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#3088208 - 09/06/10 07:13 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Ouch, that was a confronting commentary.
I feel that the more effort i put into my simming experience (tft MIP, customised joystick, GoFlight gear, simpit, etc.) the less i actually sim. I honestly think i had more fun back in the day with more immersion to boot. Of course, having a family with the associated life and responsabilities cuts in too.
I guess you just can't have it all. Last weeks i'm even considering to scrap the pit and get back to basic (well, maybe not quite "basic") a good sim experience has become too much of a hassle in my mind. I also experience that when i just do it and get in there there still is a gratifying thing to do but i don't feel "connected" to the sim anymore. it all feels mechanic, yet leaves me wanting more..

..and here i am posting on forums in the little hour of free time i have today, again! Please excuse me, i have a sim to boot, doctor's orders!


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#3088218 - 09/06/10 07:42 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Theres nothing wrong with you physically, but I see here you said you dreamed you lost your hot ass.


Did you consider plastic sugery ?!

Sorry, but you well provoked that one yep


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#3088226 - 09/06/10 08:07 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Hehe, fun write up.

And quite true in some aspects for me. There was a time when I flew 500 to 1000 miles a week in the cockpit of a Boeing 727 in FS2004, practiced and raced weekly in rFactor, and spent hours building missions and whiling away the weekend in ArmA.

But it seems like the interest isn't there anymore for the past few months. My mind (and time) has strayed to things like scratch building scale models. And now lately... boats. Real ones. And now I'm thinking about scratch building a model boat.

How do I get into these ideas?

Anyway, I've recently installed Harpoon, and look forward to learning more about it (boats again). I may do a race at SimHQ this month, as therapy, too.

#3088232 - 09/06/10 08:10 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: Corsair8X]  
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Originally Posted By: Corsair8X
I can relate to a lot of this. Sometimes what is supposed to be fun feels like effort. This is the main reason I'm looking into building a pit - something I can just hop in and go.


Ironic. I'm working on a review of the Obutto cockpit for myself and that is the point-of-view I'm taking. Its become a PITA to have to set everything up, calibrate it, chase everybody away (2- and 4-legged) and acquire enough peaceful concentration time to enjoy sims. Especially after working a long day and doing a trek in rush-hour traffic. Maybe not a cave, but certainly someplace to get away and hide for a while may become the biggest performance upgrade yet.


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#3088311 - 09/06/10 09:56 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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I'll be looking forward to that review - although the unit looks like it won't accommodate the 46" screen I'm thinking of getting.

Like Derk, it seems that lately most of my sim experience has involved buying stuff. It's sad to consider that now that I can afford some major-class items for simming, I don't seem to have the inclination to just get in and fly. I seem to spend more time thinking about the perfect sim experience and planning that experience rather than living the experience.


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#3088439 - 09/07/10 01:01 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Yep, I have three sims on my computer that I play with rotation - I rarely jump from one directly into another.

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#3088528 - 09/07/10 03:29 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: Corsair8X]  
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Originally Posted By: Corsair8X
I'll be looking forward to that review - although the unit looks like it won't accommodate the 46" screen I'm thinking of getting.


I'm planning to hang a 37" Viewsonic on it. We'll see what kind of hell I get myself into. smile


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#3088565 - 09/07/10 04:59 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Originally Posted By: guod
Originally Posted By: Corsair8X
I'll be looking forward to that review - although the unit looks like it won't accommodate the 46" screen I'm thinking of getting.


I'm planning to hang a 37" Viewsonic on it. We'll see what kind of hell I get myself into. smile


Better make a Styrofoam frame for your monitor I think smile


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#3088859 - 09/07/10 05:19 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Thanks guys for the comments, much appreciated. Yeah, back in the day, I really did sim surf. Meaning I would get into one sim, right to another, and so on. I had to discipline myself to stick with one, learn one. Tough though. I'd see a screenshot of a Spitfire and think I must fire up IL-2! Or see something from Steel Beasts and think I needed to do that too. Hard to really learn when you do that, but at the same time I'd feel I was missing out on other goodies!


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#3088908 - 09/07/10 06:23 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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I seem to spend more time thinking about the perfect sim experience and planning that experience rather than living the experience.

Yep, same here too. I even have a pile of simpit-design scetches next to my bed, much to my wife's discomfort.
Either way, having to fiddle with controls, screen setups and controller software each time i want to take a flight really is killing the fun lately. Tomorrow is my day off, this just might be her last night here.. no, not the wife, the pit! Sometimes you've got to take a step back and i'm in need of a more user friendly sim(ple) rig.


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#3089125 - 09/07/10 11:52 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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I think just about everyone in my squad IL-2 squad III/JG11 are going through this or something similar, I sure am.

Life commitments, being exhausted after work, study, social commitments (especially the girl) all contribute to why I don't fly virtually any more.

I avidly read updates and commentary on Storm of War progress as I did with Black Shark... but I don't load up Black Shark or ever spent the time needed to get into it...

What is needed is for me to set time and make it happen like your doctor prescribed.


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#3089337 - 09/08/10 09:09 AM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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WRT to the difficulty to work yourself into a sim that you would like to play but never quite managed to do, go online and seek a tutor in multiplayer sessions. If you have gone through the tutorials and feel at easy handling one vehicle with some competence, most online gamers (at least in the Steel Beasts community) are happy to accept you to show you the ropes. I think SB Pro could work well for you since the individual vehicle isn't terribly complex (in comparison to helicopters or a jet), and you don't have to hone specific skills like memorizing a number of race tracks to become somewhat competent.

There are of course other challenges - reading the terrain and guessing the opponent's intent, masking your movement ... in short, stalking prey while being the hunted at the same time. But this is something where the AARs can help you a lot to identify what went wrong, and how. In a way a tank simulation can be a bit more forgiving, and you don't necessarily have to set up elaborate equipment to feel immersed, which might make it ideal for reconvalescence.
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#3089461 - 09/08/10 02:24 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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What a great article!

I know exactly how you feel! Sometimes I find myself surfing sites like SimHQ chewing up all my free time instead of doing the simming I was born to do!

And you are right, for all the complaining us hardcore simmers to, we do truly have a wealth of choices for good simming right now.

#3089608 - 09/08/10 05:26 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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WRT tutors - without owning Blackshark I saw that the SimHQ community was very good at doing that with people just from the discussions that cropped up on the forum. I'm hoping the same thing happens with something new like A-10. I've thought often about a tutor for this title and that title - but first wanted to get myself checked out so I'm competent first. My new year's resolution was to start flying online and now in the 3rd quarter that hasn't actually happened yet - but that is mainly due to external problems.

Hoping I'll get up to speed on FC2 and then I can jump online and start learning something.


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#3089751 - 09/08/10 07:57 PM Re: Commentary: Doctor, I've Lost the Will to Sim! [Re: citizen guod]  
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Originally Posted By: guod
Originally Posted By: Corsair8X
I can relate to a lot of this. Sometimes what is supposed to be fun feels like effort. This is the main reason I'm looking into building a pit - something I can just hop in and go.


Ironic. I'm working on a review of the Obutto cockpit for myself and that is the point-of-view I'm taking. Its become a PITA to have to set everything up, calibrate it, chase everybody away (2- and 4-legged) and acquire enough peaceful concentration time to enjoy sims. Especially after working a long day and doing a trek in rush-hour traffic. Maybe not a cave, but certainly someplace to get away and hide for a while may become the biggest performance upgrade yet.


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