Way back in 1978, a software developer named Bruce Artwick created a desktop computer-based flight simulation demo. That little program was nothing more than a few crude gauges and stick figures and ran on an Apple II computer. But it was "way cool" two decades ago. In 1982, Microsoft released Flight Simulator 1 for the IBM-PC and we all entered the exciting new world of PC-based flightsimming. Over the next two decades, Flight Simulator evolved into the magnificent sim it is today. And, it's still "WAY COOL!"
That's why, FlightSim.Com is pleased to announce that its Platinum Award for FlightSim Excellence has been awarded to Microsoft for its civilian flightsim Flight Simulator 2004: A Century Of Flight. This prestigious award is given only to those flightsim products that in the opinion of FlightSim.Com demonstrate excellence in their area. No other product in more than two years has risen to the level of excellence required to win the Platinum Award.
Since the beginning of the personal computer era, Microsoft Flight Simulator and its predecessors have set the standard for all around flightsim quality. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 raises the standards again, building on its past while updating weather, ATC, graphics and features to the level expected by serious users as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight.
"We're pleased to give this award to Microsoft in recognition of their continued excellence in offering and continually updating the most popular all around flightsim," said Nels Anderson, FlightSim.Com founder.
Responded Microsoft's Darryl Saunders, "The entire Microsoft Flight simulator development team is thrilled with the announcement that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight of been awarded the prestigious FlightSim.Com Platinum Award. Being recognized by one of the world's leading Flight Simulation website is a considerable achievement and one that reflects the amazing amount of work and dedication that the team put in for this very special 20th anniversary edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator."