Originally Posted by stncttr908
And I just realized that all the flight gear would probably totally upwards of $500. I don't think I'd ever be that serious. For example, I love Silent Hunter 3 and 4, but I never played with really high realism settings. I'd just want an arcade-y flightsim experience.
All I use the a Saitek Aviator. Its got built in throttle and twist grip joystick for rudder. I don't have room at my desk for petals or a throttle, and even if I did I'd probably stick with what I have. I got the Aviator for $25 though it normally goes for $40.
FSX can be pretty arcadey if you set the settings up right. Set unlimited fuel, turn off crashes and damage, set fuel/air mixture to auto, set rudder to auto, and you can even turn down the engine torque and other flight model realism sliders to numb up the flight model.
That way all you really need to deal with is throttle, landing gear, and breaks, other than stearing the plane around of course.