But what he likes are not the war games, thankfully, but flight stimulation.
You decide to set him up with a really nice game for his birthday.
But what exactly will you need?
You didn't really grow up with games like this yourself, though you're getting more interested as a way to connect with your son.
Together you have discovered the beauty of the game, giving you the sensation of actual flying.
You can buy games to make your experience very life-like, going through all the pre-flight work that real pilots do.
But in order to get the full sensation experience, you are going to need a flight simulator joystick.
What should you look for in a flight simulator joystick?
First of all, you do not want anything that jiggles randomly.
You will want a joystick that turns on a full 360 degree axis.
You should also look for an analog throttle, which allows you to control fuel input.
The joystick connects to your computer through a USB port, so make sure that your computer has an extra one available.
If you want to go all out, get a joystick that have pedals with it.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will want as many programming options as you can get.
A flight simulator joystick can cost you anywhere from 20 to 200 dollars.
You should make sure that the accessory that you purchase comes with a warranty.
Try several different joysticks out and determine which is the most comfortable for you and your son.
That does not mean that you should not buy your joystick online.
It does mean that you'll want to go to the store to try different systems out first.