i was reading yesterday a post about " Xtreme Simulation Weekend Sydney Cancelled", it is really fun the position of the owner
(I would like to apologise to those of you who may have already made travel and accommodation plans to attend the event. I understand your frustration, however please consider the months of planning, the time, a very considerable amount of money (thousands of dollars) and resources that I have personally invested into the event; and then to turn around and cancel it because commercial vendors can't be bothered making the effort to attend and promote their products.As a result of the event cancellation and the lack of support from the community and commercial sector, it is unlikely that I will organise an event of this scale ever again.)
Man your problems have an answer:PIRACY ! Commercial Vendors are tired to have cost and no revenue. That's why soon there will not be new reviews or products, and especially aircrafts. The new models number in the last year much lowered. It's rare seen three new models each month. Two years ago there were at least ten new models each month and more active developers.
Why someone have to go to an expo and buy products and why a commercial vendors should spend thousands of dollars for travel, move hardware, etc when people can get something free at his home. That's the problem. The piracy problem will ruin completely this hobby in two or three years or sooner.
Two big developers stopped their product, low numbers by payware and freeware developer, expo stopping activities..if you do not see those as the end of flight simulation on the web you are a stupid...say thanks to pirates...there are many categories created the problems...people sharing products...few unhonest skinners, some freeware people that hate payware, few unfamous website with members exchangin payware products..
We had two choice..stay with unfamous people in an unfamous forum and approving they exhchange our products without pay. This probably didn't create problems and didn't hurt them and we didn't see post against us now and on future or polemics about us. No sorry but i am not an opportunist as few other payware developers that knows the true but continue to stay between them.
I remember very well a developer claiming being best payware developer and so on... claiming he is into this world since fs95, contacting our gladiator's customer making skins...then magically appeared another gladiator (it's not our model) with a "gun effect" that they didn't know how build. This same individual when few years ago started a lysander started a polemic about they had one in their shop (you are the westland's ownier or have the trademark?). As you can see we didn't finish the lysander, he then started two new models we had on sale or coming soon. Obviously he can but it's fun seeing how people accuse others and then did same things and double.
This same individual tried also to create problems to an external shop because they used the term MARKET. Those are the individuals and part of this hobby. If you like them, i don't.
So mr Ross Farquharson, that's the flightsim world...few nice people and many more with problems, hating others or gelous about others people business, or searching for their public enemy number 1 posting on unfamous forums...
Usually in this world who claim the be the best or the older..is the bad one. We started a new registration system to avoid those kind of people..who want an honest flightsim place can register having support, patches also sending corrections or request when is possible and have our friendship too, who want continue with the unfamous world, knows where is the exit