How many of us can remember wishing to be a fighter pilot when we where young? Dreaming about becoming a pilot and actually flying a plane is part of every child's fantasy. I remember the days of the old wooden plane, which needed to be held up in the air as we made a buzzing sound to make believe we were flying. Unfortunately, these dreams do not actually come true for everyone. As time goes by and responsibility knocks on the door, we can do nothing but watch as our dreams and fantasies wash away into oblivion. However, with the development of the Internet and free online flash applications in the form of arcade games, we can now enjoy our dream while it lasts, or simply take a trip on nostalgia avenue and remember the days long gone.
The development of the Internet and technological advances such as broadband connections and Adobe Flash resulted in the creation of interesting game applications in many different niches. In the early days, the more traditional genres dominated cyber space, such as sports, adventure and action games. But today, these online game niches have grown in scope to cover many other genres such as free online flying games. These games allow players to become a virtual fighter pilot over Berlin, or command his own battalion during World War II. In any case, they allow people of all ages to live out their dreams for a little while in a virtual setting. Some games are less intense, and simply involve some fashionable flying over a hoop or obstacle. Through the simple use of keyboard controls, the player is given the sense of flight and of controlling his own plane.
Flying games online also get better with time. This last decade has seen how these games have gained in popularity due to their improved attention to detail. Planes look much more realistic with high resolution graphics added to the mix. Sound scores and special effects startle the player when the plane crashes. Some flying games even have sophisticated control panels with a mini map, altitude and speed gauges, mission status and other nifty information. To some extent, these free online games may be preparing young minds for the high tech simulators at NASA, where the top pilots train to become astronauts.
Free online flying games are completely safe to play, with no evident violent scenes or blood spills. Some flying game titles like 'Hostile Skies' may invoke the hostile feelings of the World War II era, but these scenes may be considered historic multimedia information more than anything else. One can easily find kids of all ages spending numerous hours at their computer playing flying games online just for the sake of fun.