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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.

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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.