Hello @Bellah1z. Thank you very much for adding your voice to this forum.
As with most things in life, there are several paths to achieve a goal. With HeliSimmer.com I have been following the one I identify myself with the most. “Yelling the house down” is not my style at all and it’s not how I want HeliSimmer.com to be perceived by anyone in the community. Call that “appeasement” if you want to.
This way of doing things has been working for me, HeliSimmer.com and the community for the past 4 years as I managed to establish a good relation with a lot of developers, companies and the community and we are not only getting our voices heard but we are also getting results.
One of those results was, like I have said before, having Microsoft Flight Simulator developers come to me and talk about helicopters when we met them at the Global Preview Event back in September. I didn’t have to approach them. They approached me and started talking about helicopters, how they want to do them properly and how they were counting on me and the HeliSimmer.com community to help them.
There was a point at which I was, literally, in the middle of the room with 4 or 5 developers from Asobo and Microsoft (including Asobo’s CEO) and we were talking about helicopters, VR and other matters that we are still going to talk about in the future.
That, for me, felt like a very powerful message that our community is being heard, it’s highly respected and, forgive me for any lack of humbleness, I couldn’t avoid thinking that one of the reasons for that to happen was exactly because of the way I represent this community and approach everyone in it – developers, companies and users.
I left that event with their reassurance that both VR and helicopters would be added to the sim in the future. They have confirmed that both at the event, face-to-face, and in several contacts afterwards.
So, when you say they are not listening, that is not true at all. They are listening. They have been listening from the beginning and me and other community members, people that were also at the event, already said so several times before.
I am not the only one that is telling you all that VR and helicopters will come. People such as Novawing24 and Bel Geode, for example, were there with me and they heard these conversations and these topics as well. And they will tell you the same that I am telling you in this comment, this article and in previous ones I have written where the subject popped up.
I like to have a positive attitude towards things. I like to rally the community in a good way and address problems with the developers in a calm, respectful manner. To work with them, instead of demanding and shouting at them.
And I also like to take it patiently and letting companies follow their roadmaps and do what they need to do while helping and guiding them towards what is it that our community needs. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I feel that I have more results this way than with a more aggressive approach, which I don’t like at all and I don’t identify myself with.
As a software developer myself, I understand some things are better addressed later rather than earlier. Being a multi-billion-dollar company doesn’t mean Microsoft has funneled all that money to the development of a single product, obviously. They have goals to achieve, schedules and a budget to respect, which are vital for Microsoft to continue to inject money into the project so they can continue evolving the product. If they fail, things can go ugly and we can risk having the project being shut down.
I am not saying anyone to actual buy the sim if you are not happy with what it includes. If you don’t like what’s in it, don’t buy it. It’s that simple.
What I am saying is that we should not give up on it like we did with MS Flight (which a lot of people enjoyed) or, more recently, FSW. We, as a community, completely shut down 2 sims – one of them developed by the said multi-billion-dollar company. That is how powerful we are and that is the result of yelling and shouting and not trying to work with the developers. Could it be any different if we had taken a different approach to the problem instead of using a sledgehammer? Maybe not. We will never know.
It would be very easy for me to follow a path of loudness, demanding things while shaking my fist. That’s not how I want to do things. It’s not how I believe things should be done.
I’d like to leave a final note to this comment, which is rather long already, so my apologies for that.
As with everyone else that went to the Global Preview Event, I am in touch with some of the developers. We don’t talk a lot about the sim, obviously, but we do touch base now and then. So, it’s not hard to imagine that we may have a bit more of information than the rest of the community and while information is worth what is worth (everything can change until something is really released), that should give you a hint as why is it that we sometimes say what we say when everyone else is saying the opposite.
I would like to thank you once again for adding your voice to the forum and expressing your concerns. If you disagree with how we do things here at HeliSimmer.com, I would like to suggest that you take matters into your own hands and you do it the way you think it should be done. That is why I started HeliSimmer.com in the first place, since we had no means to get our voices to be heard. I sure understand that the way we do things is certainly not the perfect one and that, like I said in the beginning of this wall of text, there is more than one way to do things.
If you decide to do that, just please don’t forget you will be representing our community and that everyone you are speaking on behalf of will be perceived through your actions and your words.
How we are seen by the community and the industry can help us achieve our goals or completely defeat our purpose.
Thank you very much for reading.