Some initial posts in our brand spanking new FSX Forum at simFlight made me remember something again….. You know what most people are AFRAID of? Dying? Getting sick? Being poor? Flying????
Fear of CHANGE is what most people suffer of…. most of the time unconsciously. I have encountered this many times in my professional career, having been project manager, and change manager even.
People are sheep with habits. They HATE change, hate doing things different than they are doing today….. out of fear for the unknown!
Okay, granted, there ARE people out there with not so much money, to whom it REALLY is a problem of spending those few extra dollars/Euros on a good video card or CPU. But they are a clear and overwhelming minority in the hordes of FS buyers. So, they are excused 😉
The ‘fear factor’ becomes (once again!) painfully obvious when reading the first threads in our forum AND on others. ALL the (VERY premature) criticism on the upcoming version of Flight Simulator really boils down to that fear.
Sure, they use all sort of seemingly reasonable excuses; having to spend more money on hardware again, needing a new operating system again (i.e. cost), ‘already having’ wonderful textures, aircraft, landcapes, new effects, additional ATC….. NOT needing more eye candy, NOT wanting to see cars move, birds fly, ships bob in the water (as you WOULD expect in real life 😉 ).
Sounds all very reasonable, right ?
Look at the past 20 years of Microsoft Flight Simulator development. Haven’t we heard all those same arguments with EACH AND EVERY new release?! And haven’t all those complaining people ALWAYS (or most of the time) bought the latest and the greatest ANYWAY !!!???
So why all this racket!? We KNOW they are going to ‘fall’ for it. And that they are not true to themselves. They WANT all these goodies…. read back all the forums for the past 2 years ! They are full with ‘why can’twe have cars, why are the coast lines so straight, why is the mesh not better?’ type of cries. Especially after seeing third party developers CAN provide those things.
And then.. when they get it… all the complaining, crying and whining starts !!!
Aren’t human beings wonderful things !?? 🙂
NOT, I would say 😉
Anyway, having been here for so long, it is just amusing now. I used to get worked up over it. Not anymore. Because I have come to realize that all this whining, all the lack of courtesy, of appreciati0n for those developers (both in and outside of MS), all the angry and sometimes downright abusive posts, are all born out of FEAR !
Man’s worst enemy, really……
I, for one., really am looking forward to yet another step in the QUEST FOR REALITY in simulations !! 😉