I play Microsoft Flight Simulator quite a bit. It is mainly the reason I became interested in aviation and finally decided to start my training. In my early days (i.e. FS2002 and earlier) I played with a mouse and keyboard.
The first major transition for me was buying a joystick and using it in place of the arrow keys. Last summer I finally "cracked" and purchased a yoke and rudder pedals to add more realism to my simulated flying. Plus I already had experience in an airplane and the joystick just didn’t feel right anymore. There’s something special about flying with one hand on the yoke and the other on the throttle quadrant.
I still use the joystick when I fly military aircraft, but it has been replaced by my CH Yoke and rudder pedals for civil ones. In this post I discuss my flight simulation setup and provide some suggestions for setting up your own. Let me know what you think, what you would do differently and what your flight sim setup looks like in the comments!