There's something fantastical about flying in a video game. We can easily run, jump and swim in real life. Flight is more exotic. But we do fantasize about it. Where do you think the term "flights of fancy" comes from?
Jordan Weisman founded FASA. Which came up with Mechwarrior, Shadowrun and Crimson Skies. He now runs Smith & Tinker, owns the rights to FASA properties, and is keen on making new games out of them.