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Goofiest Game Gears: Flight Simulators

Posted on July 8, 2009

When board-game creator Milton Bradley joined the Atari bandwagon, "flight-sim" games and gears such as Flight Commander and Cosmic Commander controllers were born.

In reality, they were anything but flight-simulators; they were just these little plastic things that your place in front of your TV and offered nothing that you could not do with a joystick.

It was a bit of a joke really, but it made many little "Star Raiders" fans happy when it came out. "Star Raiders" was originally an Atari 800 game, but was adapted to the Atari 2600 in the early 80s. One little innovation came out of this: substituting the keyboard with a touch pad.

If course (not quite) flight-sim gears paved the way for many other controllers and accessories including flight sticks, yokes, throttles and pedals.

For you modern day virtual flight fans, check out Logitech’s G940 due on September.




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