Now This Is A Joystick

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I once had a Thrustmaster "Top Gun" joystick. Best one I ever had. Got me through 2.5 X-Wing games after I'd broken four on the first one. This new one, though, is a lot nicer.

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It's called the HOTAS WARTHOG (Thrustmaster's caps, not ours), and is touted as a "full replica" of the flight stick and throttle of a real A-10 Warthog, an aircraft that despite its age is still about the meanest-looking thing in the sky.

Most of the thing is made of metal, and it weighs in at a hefty 14lbs. All those buttons work, too; there are 55 programmable buttons in all, with a further two "hat" switches as well.

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This is all sounding great for those of you who still play flight sims, so let me temper your excitement with word that the HOTAS costs USD$500. That ought to weed out the casual bystanders among you.

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Good lord, are flight sims becoming popular again? That reminds me of the metal hounds or w/e that game was on X-box.

I loved X-wing but I perferred Tie Fighter. The whole crazy betrayal within the empire was awesome, the missile boats were insane and the tie-deltas. Also having decent wing man AI and resupply shuttles for your missiles was awesome too.

Always wanted Tie fighter vs X-wing but never got it. =(