Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator – Software

Maybe the most important factor in choosing the right golf simulator for you is the software.

Software:

o Game Play:
There are several different options to consider here. How many courses are available? How many courses come with the base unit? How many of the courses are renditions of real courses? Are the courses computer based images (3D) or is it a picture based images (2D)? What I would suggest looking for here is: The number of courses which suits your needs, there is no reason to pay for 50 courses if you are only going to play 10. It takes a long time to get board playing a course on a good golf simulator. The major problem with a picture based system, is you can only play your shot from where there has been a picture taken. So if you hit the ball into the rough or out of bounds and there has not been a photo taken of that area, you will be atomically taken back to your previous shot with a one stroke penalty. Now for a PGA player this might not be a big deal but for the rest of us, who do hit the ball into the rough, it makes for a very slow and very frustrating round of golf.

o The Latest and Greatest Software:
There are a few companies who have released new software this year (2009). The new software adds cool new features to the game play. New features include variable weather options, time of day options. Now you can play your round of golf in the afternoon with a stiff breeze which is constantly changing as you play your round, watch the sky darken as your round nears nightfall. As you play your favorite round on the cost, see the waves move in and out on the surf, hear the waves crash along the coastline. With the new software you will also notice the true to life fairway and greens. When you hit a drive the ball should roll with the slope of the course. Beware, there are some simulators on the market, when you hit a ball it will only go straight and will not follow the slope of the course. If you are looking for the most realistic round of simulated golf this is a must feature and one to not over look.

o Number of Golfers:
One feature which is important for all applications is the number of golfer who can play at one time. All simulators will allow one golfer to shoot their shot one at a time. But there are some simulators out there which limits to the total players to just two or four golfers per round. I have found in commercial applications it is best to have up to eight players per round. This makes tournaments and leagues much easier to manage and drive revenues for your business.

o Swing Analysis
Swing analysis software is the most important tool for people who want to use their simulator as a training instrument. A good swing analyzer will enable you to do club fitting as well as dissect a customer’s swing to determine problem areas. But again some simulators have this software built in and others offer it as an add-on which is not compatible the simulator software and can cost upwards of $15,000. What really makes a swing analyzer a useful tool is the information and feedback it provides. Features to look for are club speed, launch angle, ball speed, club and ball path and spin. Many of the variables which will determine what type of swing analyzer will come with your simulator will depend on the simulator’s sensor technology. This and more will be discussed in the article dedicated to the topic of “Sensor Technology”.

The software you choose will have a major outcome on the overall performance and playability of your simulator. There are also two more articles on the topic of “Three Main Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator” Please feel free to contact me through the website, if you have any questions on golf simulator software.

A Wonderful Simulation Game – Kindergarten

Wow… this is the coolest game! I love babies, so playing Kindergarten was so exciting for me! The colors and graphics are great. The details of the babies are amazing! You can totally see kids in their laughing as well as weeping moods. Kindergarten is a fun-filled, colorful and interactive management simulation game where you play Mila, the super sweet owner of the Kindergarten! Kindergarten is a high quality & entertaining cell animation game…which makes this game so incredibly interactive and fun!

Mila Says:

“Hi! I am Mila together we will manage a Kindergarten, this means taking care of babies”

Parents bring their babies to Mila’s Kindergarten, and you have to help Mila take care of the babies. All of these different babies have many different needs and they will for sure keep you occupied! If a baby goes pee-pee or does a doo-doo, you have to help Mila take the baby in her arms and change its diapers! When the baby gets hungry, you will have to help Mila prepare a bottle of formula. Once the bottle is heated up in the Bottle Warmer, Mila can give the bottle to the baby! Usually it takes a while for a bottle to heat up. Once Mila earns more money you will be able to buy a faster Bottle Warmer with her!

You have to make sure that you take good care of the babies and that you keep them happy! The happier the babies are, the more money you can earn from the parents that drop off their babies! If you fail to keep babies happy, you will be penalized and you will not earn any money!

Mila says:

“We will start with two babies and if we do well our Kindergarten will get more babies to take care of. With the money earned, we upgrade the interiors and exteriors of the Kindergarten. Eventually more parents will bring their babies–and the Kindergarten will start to grow!”

Once you earn money in the game, you can start using it to upgrade and expand interiors and exteriors of your Kindergarten! Mila only has a few toys in her Kindergarten, and she plans to buy more toys once she earns more money! You will have to help her!

I love the fact that you can do so much in this simulation game, like hire people. You can chose different types of employees and decide what kind of agency you want to use. Another neat thing is that you can decide whether you want to hire people permanently or just temporarily. The selection of employees to help you run your Kindergarten is great! You can hire a nanny, a receptionist, and more. You can even hire a clown to keep the babies happy! So cool! I love it that you can expand your Kindergarten as well with the real estate agent; like add stuff to it (such as a bedroom, kitchen, etc.). The shop is great! You can buy the greatest stuff to upgrade your KINDERGARTEN from the inside (such as beds, cribs, etc.). This game is definitely a challenge for anyone! Youda Games has really done a good job making this game!

Jet Flight Simulator For Endless Exciting Missions

When you think of a jet flight simulator, most people think of military fighter jets. This can also refer to civilian passenger jets as well. Either way, though, the flight sim fanatic will have a great appreciation for getting in the cockpit and speeding down the runway toward unknown adventures.

Some games are considered combat flight simulation because they are used to simulate military aircraft and their operations. Jet flight simulator games that allow air-to-air battle usually lack realism for the sake of the playability. They don’t focus on details of the plane or the cockpit, but they give you the chance to shoot down enemy planes.

Then there are games that offer the accurate feel and look of the plane but no combat. With these types of games, you will be able to fly a number of different jets, taking off and landing at airports all over the world. You’ll see the inside of the cockpit with as close a resemblance to the real thing as possible.

It is also possible to do aerial tricks and fly in formations with the second type of game. You have probably heard of the Blue Angels, a Navy flight demonstration squadron. They performed first in 1946 and are the oldest flying aerobatic team.

If you have jet flight simulator fanatical friends, you can hook up over a network and practice together in formation. There’s nothing more inspiring than when the fighter jets do a flyby at an event. Maybe you could get a group of flight sim junkies to come up with your own virtual demonstration squadron for virtual flybys over any of the realistic landmarks found in the scenery of the game.

Another exciting possibility for jet flight simulator fans is the opportunity to practice landing on an aircraft carrier. Landing on a carrier is described as a “controlled crash,” so you can imagine the adrenaline rush! The carriers are equipped with working catapults, arrester wires, and elevators to aide in the realism and excitement.

There are five historical generations of fighter jets and in a good jet flight simulator game, all five generations should be represented. From the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star of the first generation to the Eurofighter Typhoon of the fifth generation, there will be endless scenarios to experience.

No jet flight simulator would be complete without the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the F-18 Hornet. Other important choices would be the Douglas A4F Skyhawk, the Grumman A-6 Intruder, and the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet. All of these jets should come with accurate cockpits as well as interior and exterior views.

If you use a joystick or yoke and throttle system with rudder pedals, a pretty accurate cockpit can be simulated. These accessories do cost a little extra, but are not required, because you should be able to fly all of the aircraft using your computer keyboard.

Even though there will be no G-forces felt, you will never run out of possible scenarios to experiment with. With some research, you will be able to discover which full-featured simulator software is perfect for you.