With computer keyboards, joysticks and sometimes pieces of old airplanes, they're "flying" Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the oldest software programs for personal computers and the top-selling PC game of all time.
"It's almost like an addiction," says Robert MacKay, who spent $7,000 to build in his Dallas home a mockup of a single-engine Cessna just to add a little more realism to his Flight Simulator world. "It tugs at you."
For MacKay and the millions of fans of its 15-year-old aircraft simulation game, Microsoft is launching a new version by mid-October. Flight Simulator '98 will have more destinations, more aircraft and more things to crash into.