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Discussion: Best orienteering simulator for learning/training?

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Jul 31, 2022 9:09 PM # 
jjtong:
Hi All,

Looking for recommendations on the best orienteering computer simulation for actual O training, as opposed to "just" gaming. Preferably on the machine itself, as opposed to online. I'm familiar with the old versions of CF but haven't played it in years. I've heard of Virtual-O but know nothing about it. Nice if it would run on a Mac, but can't have everything.

Jason

PS - Long time no post -(but I lurk occasionally)
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Aug 1, 2022 12:12 AM # 
ajriley:
Catching Features is definitely the best when it comes to actual training. Virtual-O is pretty but doesn't support many maps and is much easier than Catching Features making it more of a game than actual good orienteering training.

There are several maps uploaded weekly to Catching Features by random contributors which makes it really great to practice reading lots of different kinds of terrain and processing it quickly to make decisions. Definitely recommend.
Aug 1, 2022 3:52 AM # 
Aviad:
In addition to the above, I wonder if anyone is aware of any games/simulators in the works and especially if there are any virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) initiatives. When Virtual-O was developed it was in stealth mode for at least a couple of years and I know that the developer aimed to create a VR version of it but had to drop the idea for some reason. I believe that this is definitely going to be the future of orienteering training, at least in the technical aspect. Just think about the endless possibilities...
Aug 1, 2022 4:13 AM # 
TheInvisibleLog:
So I have to add nausea suppression to me list of required orienteering skills.
Aug 2, 2022 2:34 AM # 
haywoodkb:
Here is good list of Orienteering Games with several video samples:
https://betterorienteering.org/games/
Aug 2, 2022 4:24 PM # 
FrankTheTank:
That is a great list. Thanks! Forgot that one of the side effects of COVID was more online resources.

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