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GREAT BEYOND HAS COMFORTS OF HOME SOFTWARE LETS DESK-BOUND PILOTS FLY ACROSS THE GLOBE, ELABORATELY
[CHICAGOLAND FINAL Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: AIRLINES; SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Author: Associated Press.
Date: Aug 24, 1997
Start Page: 8
Section: BUSINESS
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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.

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