This arcade flight simulator flips players upside-down

By Shawn Knight
Apr 15, 2014
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  1. I spent many hours (and quarters) as a kid playing video games in arcades. Cabinet-sized systems were where it was at if you wanted to play the latest titles and experience cutting-edge graphics. But as home consoles became more powerful,...

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  2. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 130   +24

    Wow that's quiet. I'd rather have an accurate driving simulator. Seems like at one point I noticed there was a delay between the plane and the cockpit. The trailing camera doesn't match the perception you are flying the plane you are seeing.
  3. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 247   +103

    Sega made a similar (but much cooler looking) cabinet back in the '90's called the R-360 pretty much for game G-LOC. I was able to play it at the MGM Grand in Vegas and it cost like $3. It was totally worth it.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    The trouble with this concept, is that it can't simulate the G-Forces one would encounter actually flying the real airplane.

    Flying into a fog bank, while in a maneuver approximating 1G, in a few seconds, you will lose all sense of what is up or down. This because you have no horizon on which to fixate.

    A similar effect takes place on centrifuge type amusement park rides. ("The Hell hole", etc.).

    When the ride begins, you are standing vertically, and remain so during the term of the ride. However, after the centrifugal force exceeds 1G, you perceive yourself laying on your back, looking up.

    So, a flight sim capsule that merely puts you upside down, is very far from what the actual experience would be...

    For another example, were you push down elevator from level flight, you would be hanging from the safety harness, as though you were flying upside down, as referenced by the sim capsule.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Captaincranky, sounds like you want them to use F4 and stick it on old shuttle space arm (made in Canada) to simulate flying in a jet fighter! Lol But anyway your right the concept they use today still not the same for video games. This box is just someone idea to make it feel like your in a jet.
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  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Those darned Canadians. 40 years ago I was a mechanic for The Philadelphia Inquirer. This was when Canadian parts were just starting to be used by American auto makers. So, one day we received a Canada built Dodge 318 V-8 engine, with only 7 pistons and con rods.:oops: That had a nasty miss, as I recall.

    So, I don't know about hanging off a shuttle arm, it's still an issue of trust with me....;)
  7. True, but at least its one step small step closer to the real thing..........
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,185   +1,215

    Looks like fun...
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    I know what I want as part of my rig for Star Citizen...
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    And here again I caution, what you'd get is a whole lot of unreality, and massive amounts of blood rushing to your head.[​IMG]

    OTOH, while you're "just hanging around", you might just meet your soul mate.

    (Although I doubt it would be her).
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  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Looks like fun, although still very much detached from the reality. In both flying and car racing one of the biggest factors is G-forces of quick trajectory change. And if you are flying in space, it is nothing but.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Yeah, somehow I seem to recall explaining that at some length in post #4...

    (And right after that, it wasn't altogether clear, if they were gong to turn me or not).:oops:

    I did forget about this Zero-G extravaganza:[​IMG]

    Thanks for reminding me...
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
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  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Yeah, I'm guilty of not always reading every post, especially long ones :)
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Yeah man, if you're in the mood to read a long winded post, I'm your go to poster.......*nerd*

    (I should stick with the pictures, ay)?
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Pictures of that sort always do the trick :)
  16. War Thunder is actually an amazing free to play world war 2 era MMO flight simulator. It's got 3 difficulties: arcade, realistic, and simulation. It's definitely the best flying game out there currently
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    I remember going on a ride in the 70's called "The Rotor" which worked exactly like the one you explained except after 1G the floor slid down and you stuck to the wall like a fly. I tried it a few times and I got sick after about the 4th time. :)
  18. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    It was half a joke, but that's okay, there's not much up there for me to be concerned about blood pooling. =p
  19. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 632   +163

    Can I get one with USB to go for my pc NOW PLEASE?!!?

    I'm busy shoving money into my CD-tray, when can I expect delivery?!
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Which is why you should sit in a chair, (recliner), with your feet elevated so the blood will pool where it counts......;)
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Can fly real RC jets outside in open area to get the feel of flying these jets if you want to get into it. But other than that. Just odd idea just doesn't make it today. Everyone with their high tech Game Mechanical Keyboard that would set you back $150 and I can't even think about buying one for that price. Since the average keyboard cost less than $10 and sure it doesn't light up but to spend even $50 for G105 and get a few macro keys to program. To fly you need a joystick and those have dropped so low as $25 for top end pro from Logitech and yet their top Game Keyboard is cost so much more. They also have wireless head phones with 7.1 HD Sound plus mic you pay dear for that too. Headphone, Mouse and Keyboard all for Gaming set you back a pretty penny. But can't you do this with top end keyboard and mouse for less.

    Sure you can.

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