Get Online With a Flight Simulator Game

Almost everyone has a game that they enjoy playing. Before video games, many people played board games like Monopoly or Life. Beginning with the development of arcade video games in the 1970’s, there have been unbelievable improvements, including huge advances with the flight simulator game.

Early flight simulation was used for military purposes and didn’t become popular with the general public until the 1970s when programs like Airfight were developed as an educational flight simulator game. You were able to choose a military jet loaded with fuel and weapons and shoot down other player’s aircraft.

Soon arcade games became popular such as Pong and Pac Man, but they were rather inferior to the games of today, as were the flight simulation games. At the time, though, they seemed highly advanced and they created the baseline for future games.

Finally, in the early 1980’s, video game consoles started to gain popularity and games like Donkey Kong and Zelda were big hits. Other games were created that ushered in the modern style of 3D graphics, but most visual effects still looked pretty 2D and movement was not very natural.

The games consoles were soon followed by gaming computers with sounds cards. Game controllers and joysticks began to be sold with the systems to allow for more realistic action. As computer graphics continued to improve, the flight simulator game manufacturers were able to replicate the detailing of both the inside and outside of the various planes that were available.

Soon there were developments in the ability to provide a distant focus point for the pilot of the flight simulator game. With the use of a curved mirror and wide angle display equipment, a distant focal point representing the horizon made the view much more life like.

One issue that was resolved soon after was the fact that most computers didn’t have enough memory to allow the movement of objects to flow smoothly. The improvements in graphics forced computer companies to find a way to increase the computing power. The increase of band width offered by internet providers helped to avoid the jerky motion with video delivery.

As video gaming has become more and more popular, controllers have been added to give more realism. Joysticks, yokes and rudder pedals offered a whole new challenge to the flight simulator game, but it also made it much more enjoyable. The good thing is that you can still just use your computer keyboard to play a game too, if you can’t afford to buy other controllers.

Online play opened up a new way to hook up with other pilots playing the same game, and fly in formation. It also allows you to update software and add new downloads more quickly and easily.

With technology constantly changing, the realism of the flight simulator game will no doubt keep improving along with it. Soon, you will not be able to tell the difference between what is virtual reality and what is real.

Flight Simulation Game

It just got to the point where the programs on the TV in the evening where deadly boring. You can only jog so much without losing your sanity and I needed some sort of diversion from the pressures at work; an escape of some sort, or excitement that did not involve huge expenditures of money or a huge investment of my time.

That was when my son suggested I try some of his games attached to his computer. Shooting the characters over different terrains was not my thing. Then I went online and looked around and found what I had been looking for.

I came across Flight Simulation games. I had messed around with one of these games about ten years ago and had good fun with it back then, but boy have things moved on since then. There was an accurate terrain, to fly over (or into), a big selection of aircraft, (in the old days I had a choice of three) planetary alignment and detailed features such as car headlights etc. It makes a big change to be able to be involved with a program and not feel you are too slow or not quick enough on the uptake to know the little tricks required to get you to the next ‘level’.

One thing I did not take into account was the family involvement. We ended up having ‘family competitions’ with typical ‘bendy’ family rules and a good time was had for us as a group and as individuals.

The layout of the instruments impressed my wife and she now has a pretty good idea of how things have been when we have taken trips abroad. The cloud presence is also realistic and of course the thrill of flying over well known landmarks or even your own house is awesome.

Of course the big thrill is to take from a particular airport and fly off to a new destination, there are hundreds of airports to choose from in these games. There are no restrictions to types of aircraft. Jet, propeller, old, new, helicopters and just about anything you could wish for. Shame I could not play with this in the office.

The real thing about it is the escape into a world of adventure right in your own house at minimal cost and time investment. The World of Flight Simulation has opened new doors for me and decreased my stress levels I hope it could do the same for you. If your circumstances were similar to mine.

Shooting Food — Filming Food So It Looks Good Enough To Eat

I’ve worked a number of movie shoots with eating scenes and they can be very difficult because of perishable food items. Since the object is to make the food always look good (even if it is barely on the screen), there are special challenges in shooting edibles. And if you’re filming a feast, the food should look perfect!

I’ve created this list to share some of the most useful information that I’ve come across working Art Department with food handling. These items come from real world experience, so they should be applicable to most filming situations.

Here are some tips on filming food:

Use colored dishes

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Most non-professional art directors overlook using colored plates, service trays, glasses, etc. Color dishes do two things for you: add color to your scene and add contrast to food presentation. Imagine a black plate with a tomato and a leaf of lettuce on it. Much better than a white plate with the same items. Warning: Only do this if the colors of the dishes match (all glasses same color, all plates same color, etc.) If it looks like you picked up a hodgepodge of colored dishes at the local thrift store, it will ruin the film illusion.

Use a spray-bottle of cooking oil

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Most food has a matte finish so the food surface doesn’t reflect much light. A spray bottle of oil will add a shine to items that will enhance how most food appears on film. It will also add lighting highlights that enhances the look of food. A coating of oil can also be used to simulate wet food.

Think ahead about food rotting

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Many people think of food refrigeration before the shooting begins (making sure meat, etc. is well kept before 1st call). Beginners often forget to consider what the food will be like after 5 hours of shooting under the hot lights. Consider this when you’re putting together your on-camera meal. It’s hard to get a good performance out of an actor when a rotting pork chop is sitting right under his nose.

Mix real food with fake food

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If you use all fake food (wax grapes, plastic lemons, etc.), the food will appear fake on camera. The best technique is to mix real and fake food. This can work especially well with deserts. Fake ice cream with real cherries and whip cream looks good enough to eat! Also, mashed potatoes can be a useful stand-in for ice cream.

Use the vaseline trick for beading water

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Vaseline can be used on an actor’s face to simulate beads of sweat. Likewise, you can coat the outside of a vegetable (such as an apple). Use a hand spray filled with water and the water will bead on the surface for that just-out-of-the-garden freshness. Note that this effect won’t be picked up by the camera except with close-up photography and specific lighting, so don’t bother except under those conditions. This technique can also be used for beads of water on a glass if you need the glass to look like it’s sweating from a cold liquid inside.

Soft lighting makes food look good

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The general rule in shooting food is that soft light makes food look good to eat, hard lighting makes it look like poison. The hard light creates harsh shadows which makes food look blacker/rotten. Food lighting is exactly like lighting people — think of your desired effect.

Use dish soap for a head on a beer

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If the scene requires beer, dish soap provides a good frothy head that lasts under the hot lights. Obviously, make sure your actors don’t take a swig. That said, I would personally recommend avoiding shooting beer. Unless it is specially lighted, it will show up on film as a flat brown which typically less than appetizing.

Undercook food to retain firmness

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Many foods wilt under the long shooting hours and hot lights. Some foods such as pasta (especially spaghetti) can be under-cooked to a rubber consistency. These foods will then stay firm during the entire shoot rather than wilting and appearing exhausted.

Bring spare tablecloths

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Almost without fail an actor will spill something on your tablecloth. Both the spill and the stain will cause horrid problems for film continuity. Have 2 or 3 identical tablecloths on set. When a spill occurs, you can quickly swap out the dirty one for a clean reserve.

Consider using food doubles

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If the food shoot is going to be very long and the food needs to look perfect, you can use fake food for the long shots and the real perfect food for the close ups.