Playing With a Heavy Industrial Simulator Looks Like a Lot of Fun

I’ve always wondered exactly who is buying Train Simulator 2015, because driving around virtual heavy machinery without causing accidents isn’t really my idea of a good afternoon. But if that software is running in a fully immersive high-tech simulator, I start to understand the appeal.

YouTuber Tom Scott had the chance to visit Mevea Simulators in Finland, and not only play with their virtual machines, but go see how the simulators compared to the non-digital equivalents. The sims looked surprisingly fun, and as detailed as you’d expect—my best day on this job was when I got to play with BAE System’s fighter jet sims—but the most interesting part are the differences between virtual and actual reality.


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For a few glorious years a good friend of mine managed a flight simulator facility; he sometimes let me fly it when it wasn’t being used for training. I got to fly a four-engine passenger jet and a twin engine executive jet. Being a private pilot limited to single and twin engine prop planes in the real world, flying the jet sims was a religious experience.