RE: Flight simulation.
I used Flight Sim when it first came out. I have the 3.5" floppies somewhere.
I once bought a yoke and foot peddles. It was OK.
I had one of the first flight simulators on a Macintosh computer. It was little more than a game but did actually let you fly from the perspective of the pilot's seat and had some rudimentary controls. After using it for a few months, I began taking flying lessons. One of the first things the instructor did after I got used to real flying was put me "under the hood" which restricts your view to the outside. I had absolutely no problem controlling the plane on instruments only. In fact, I was better at keeping the plane straight and level that way than looking out at the horizon. He attributed it to my time on the flight simulator.
The last version of MS Flight Sim I had along with the peddles and yoke was flown by a friend who was an AF C-130 pilot and was training on 747s at the time. He thought it was very realistic and good for practicing real flying.
Myself, I prefer the real thing and get bored quickly with flight sims.