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My latest simulation craze: iRacing

Greetings, readers. I have written about hobbies like Flight Simulator and Train Simulator before. Thanks to search engines and YouTube, I have found that in the last few years there is a simulation game for almost everything. Granted, some are more realistic than others. There is Farming Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator 2, and my new personal favorite, iRacing.

Today let’s talk about iRacing. Oh my goodness. It is a pay site, and for approximately $12 a month you have access to driving in virtual race cars (with accessories), on real tracks that are perfect in every detail. You can also do things like host races, create your own racing team (and color your cars any colors you wish), invite friends to join your racing team, watch others race, and practice in the virtual vehicles. Yes, you do have to purchase additional cars and tracks, that is how iRacing makes its money. It is definitely worth it, however.

The graphics are absolutely amazing, and new tracks and cars are being developed all the time. Coming soon is the legendary Nurburgring test track.

I should not get into iRacing, because I will have to purchase a steering wheel, shifter and pedals. It is impossible to play this game with mouse and keyboard only. The controller package ranges from $60 up to $200 or more. That is a chunk of change.

Right now I think I shall be content to watch people practice. I might cancel my subscription after this month, and watch all the enthusiasts on YouTube that are into iRacing. I can just see myself in a couple of years driving a virtual stock car around the Daytona International Speedway. And knowing my luck, crashing it horribly. Ha ha.

In weeks to come, I shall watch YouTube videos of Farming Simulator, Construction Simulator, and any other type of simulator I can find. If I deem them exciting enough to blog about, I shall certainly do that.

With our 400th blog entry quickly approaching, if any reader has a topic that you would like me to blog about, chime in, in the comments section, and I will certainly consider it.

Until next week, take care, enjoy the early summer, and happy reading.

Of my simulated life and my real life

Greetings, readers. Since Christmas Day, I have been on my laptop computer playing the Sims 3 Deluxe game. I’m not sure exactly why the game is so addictive, but every time I start playing it I just have to continue. One more click, one more command, just five more minutes. Next thing I know an hour has gone by.

I saw that the Sims 4 is either out already or coming out soon. As you all know, computer games of any kind strive for improvements and realism. I’m certain that Sims 4 will be no different.

Last night I created a character, an adult, and I tried to make him just like me. I added a little grey hair on his head, some grey in his black mustache and chose personality traits close to my own; including absent-mindedness. I had to laugh at how close he is to my true life personality.

My gaming habits worry me though. I seem to be losing myself in not only Dungeons and Dragons, but my three simulator games. I’m going to talk to my therapist and even heed Rebecca’s advice to volunteer somewhere, or perhaps even get a part-time job. I need to feel useful.

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Day. I certainly did. I partook of the local church’s dinner which was quite good. In the future, however, I will pass on the sauerkraut. It was yummy but it didn’t agree with my system. My favorite was the brown sugar candied yams. I could have walked into the kitchen and dove into the pot. LOL.

Lastly, I’m having company this Sunday for tea and snacks. How English! I was going to use my Grandmother’s tea service but I don’t want to drop and break anything so we use mugs. Perhaps another time. I don’t generally entertain in my small apartment but my living room area and kitchen are clean enough to have visitors. Yay me. I am actually sticking to one of last year’s resolutions. Slow progress, but progress.

Until next week, when Rebecca and I will work a full three day week, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

My favorite Train Simulator 2014 run

Greetings, readers. I have been enjoying this program ever since I purchased it on Steam a number of weeks back. I truly find it fascinating. As some of you might know, I go to Maine every August, so when I saw for sale the route package from Portland, Maine, I just had to have it. It cost around $30. There is enough content in it to make that money well spent.

Along with the different scenarios, my favorite run in that package is one of the standard ones. I can take a train, start at East Deering, slowly make my way down to a rotating bridge that goes over the water, continue on to the other side, and end up at either Rigby or, if I go further, Union Station. In real life, Union Station was a grand train station in or near Portland, Maine. I see from the website Maine Memory Network, that it was closed, and torn down in 1961.

Towards the end of the run, I come into a town where the railway track is literally next to the road. I have to slow my train down to a mere ten miles an hour. But on a clear sunny day, with the sound effects of the seashore, people walking about, cars going by, and quaint patio furniture scattered around the sidewalks, it makes a nice place to stop my train, reverse, and head back to the rotating bridge.

With my new daily schedule now set in concrete, I’m heading to Panera Bread by 7:15 to have my morning coffee, and that is when I train sim. After my performance next Friday, I plan to use part of the morning for writing. Right now, you might say, I am on a train simulator binge. I am exploring and seeing what all the game has to offer.

I had the option of selecting in free mode the time of day, time of year, and weather conditions. This route is fascinating early in the morning on a foggy day. That is what I ran this morning. I used an old English diesel train that was compatible with the Portland route pack. Later I switched to a steam locomotive. Most enjoyable on both counts.

Actually, I am amazed, for as a child I was never really a train buff. I always loved airplanes and buses. Perhaps the old adage is true that all little boys love trains.

Until next time, take care, enjoy the last heat wave of summer, and happy reading.