I was reading an issue of a Formula One-themed magazine a few weeks ago, and came across an article about this. Now, as much of a cynic as I am about the international traveling soap opera, I still have this basic desire to go fast. So the thought of a simulation really intrigued me.
Enough to where I started doing some online browsing. I mean, it costs nothing to look. So I started. What would it cost me? Well, you'd have to choose your platform, and we don't have any of those gaming systems (nor have we really had any desire to get one). Nor do we have a television suitable for use with any of them. And if you just get a bare-bones system, what's that worth? No, if I'm going to seriously use a driving simulator, I need the steering wheel (preferably with paddle shifters) and the pedal set, too. And, while we're at it, we might as well get the racing seat, too.
Nor is it that much different if you get the version for Windows. Just as I'm not going to fly a flight simulator without a yoke and rudder pedals, I'm not driving a racing simulator without a decent steering wheel and pedal set. Even if I ran the Windows version on my Mac laptop through Windows emulation, it still wouldn't be the same. And all this for a piece of software I'll use a few times, and then probably get bored with.
Nope. I think I know of a few other places I'd rather spend that money. I'm stayin' away from that rabbit hole.