Dave, It is a great product but it's not a Game. I'm using it to get my pilots license. FSX is so real I've been able to fly for real and tell my instructor things he didn't know. He was unaware of a small dirt landing strip a few miles from Columbia County Airport that I saw in the simulator and it was ACTUALLY THERE!
I'm using FSX to practice VFR and IFR flights. I know how to use the radio, and NAV one and two. I can read and understand most of my aeronautical charts. Because of flight simulator I'm going to cut my flying hours required to obtain my certificate by about 20%. IT'S NOT A GAME! It's as real as it gets!
Of course you have to have a 2.4ghz processor, 4 gigs of ram, a really good graphics card, flight yoke, rudder pedals, and throttle control. A backlit keyboard is a definite plus 'cause then you can play with the lights out.
Check out the Saitek products. I've tried many different ones and they have the best stuff.