It's been two centuries or more since the majority of us had to farm to survive. Farming has changed so much over the years thanks to science technology that just a relative handful of farmers can feed the entire country.
For the rest of us, farming has gone from backbreaking work to a game. Yep, there's an entire series of games, called "Farming Simulator," that let you drive tractors to grow and harvest crops. It's a bit more hardcore than "Farmville" (remember that Facebook game?), and it's about to get even more hardcore.
A gaming company called Saitek, more often known for its flight simulator controllers, has released a dedicated controller for the game. It has a tractor-style steering wheel, complete with a fast-turn knob, and pedals for $150. For another $150, you can add a side panel with joystick and 20 programmable buttons you can use to control a loader and other farm equipment.
If you're doing some math, that's $300 to get the full farming experience, plus the cost of "Farming Simulator 15," which is the only software it works with. If you're interested, you can pre-order the controller through the Mad Catz website.
Do you think virtual farming sounds fun, or do you have another favorite simulation like being a train engineer, driving a big rig, flying an airliner or another real-world activity? Let me know in the comments.