A passion for passion

A Flight Simulator writer writing about Flight Simulator writing

November, 2005

  • Civilization and the human heart

    "Civilization, after all, is but a thin layer of civility stretched across the passions of the human heart." I have this reputation as the Egypt guy. I've been interested in ancient Egypt since I was a kid. My home is filled with Egyptiana and my office...
  • Thanksgiving flights

    One of my best friends works right across the hall from me. We've worked together on FS for six or seven years. Some of you know him from AVSIM conferences or airshow booths: Mike Singer. We often discuss how to eliminate barriers for new users to getting...
  • FS Elders

    This morning I was looking for the website of the National Institute of Mental Health. I searched by acronym but I wasn't getting it quite right. I tried "NIHM" for some reason and was thrilled to find the website for the New Iceland Heritage Museum ...
  • A Passion for Egypt

    Everytime we ship a new version of Flight Simulator, I torture our Art Director, Jason , about the Giza Plateau. I've spent a lot of time walking around the Pyramids at Giza, the temples, the Sphinx, and the thousands of associated Old Kingdom tombs....
  • The UX curse

    Five years in this building and I still can't easily find an office if I haven't been to it before. The FS group is parked in a leased building that has some of the worst design I've ever seen. Hallways have weird angles and some of them actually go nowhere...
  • Who am I?

    I'm the User Experience lead for the Flight Simulator group. Actually, that's not true. I work in a group that provides User Experience services to the ACES studio in Microsoft Game Studios and as such, we are the User Experience group for Flight Simulator...
  • The Flight Simulator User Experience

    When we create products for customers, we'd obviously love it if everyone felt passionately about using those products. Not everyone comes to an experience with a feeling of passion. For some, using a particular product is a means to an end for solving...