Speaking of Eric #1. I just read that Star Trek: The Experience in the Las Vegas Hilton is closing. Its one of those motion simulator rides, but it has a cool set-up. You stand in line in front of the doors like a normal motion simulator, but then suddenly the lights go off and there is smoke and special effects and you find yourself in the transporter room of the Star Ship Enterprise. A uniformed Star Fleet officer leads everybody to the bridge and then goes into his story about the evil bad guy has traveled back in time to kill a relative of Captain Picard so that Picard will never be born. One of the people in the group is supposed to be said relative.
At the time my friend Eric #1's son is pretty young. He looks up at his dad and says with all sincerity, "Daddy, How are we going to get home?"
That just said it all. For us it was an bit of polish on a silly motion simulator. Hell, Eric Randall* was playing the part of the Star Fleet Officer. For Justin, it was REAL!
Man, what I wouldn't give for a game that captured an an ounce of that type of magic.