Ya, that's what I thought too, but Tycho turned today's blog over to Joel DeYoung, one of the devs working on Penny Arcade's stuff. He's a big Flight Sim fan, and did a nice job describing the fanatic FS audience, and his contribution: SquawkBox.

"SquawkBox is a free plug-in for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It lets virtual pilots connect to a network where they can communicate with real people performing virtual air traffic control. ...
"Some of you are probably scratching your head at this description, so let me be explicit. There are a bunch of people in their basements playing Flight Simulator, and a bunch of people in their basements pretending to be air traffic controllers, running an application that simulates a radarscope. All wearing USB headsets, they are connected to a big network called
VATSIM where they talk to each other and simulate realistic air traffic procedures as accurately as possible. And some of them are drinking." (read more...)


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