Hi, I read these post all the time and enjoy alot of the topics that are written and I learned alot from them. Their has been post bashing FS9 or comes close to it, like the one asking "Is it worth the aggravation". As one flight simmer I would like to try to answer these questions from my own view and not to get into any arguments with any fellow flight simmers.
First of all, I'm 61 years old and I have had the verg good fortune to own three airplanes in my life time with the last one being a Cessna 182 Skylane, my pride and joy and I have about 700 hrs total time, but when I had open heart surgery 11 years ago I couldn't fly anymore. I was really crushed, I love that more then anything in life except for my family, but I found FS98 and started flying my computer. I love every minute of FS98, FS2000, FS2002 and now FS2004. I want to say right off to everyone reading this post, Microsoft Flight Sim will never take the place of my real flying, no way, no how, it just can't be done, but I have nothing but praise for them because they have given me many hours of enjoyable flight simming
that I wouldn't had if they hadn't develop these programs. Yes, their has been problems with, but it seems like we get through these problems down the road.
Again, I been blessed and I have purchased a new Dell XPS with all the bells including Radeon 9800 Pro, Sound Blaster Audigy, 200GB Ultra Hard Drive, etc. I think you get the drill. I don't have to worry about frame rates anymore because my computer handles anything that is thrown at it, but I was once in a position when I was yonger I couldn't afford such an item, so I understand where alot of flight simmers are coming from. The only problem I have is with the flickering on start up, changing views, but other then that it runs like a dream.
I guess at this point someone is saying "what your point". I guess I play FS9 because I enjoy playing it and to me its a game, only a game, not life or death, its something I like to do in the evenings that relaxes me after a hard day at work. Let's all just enjoy the game for what it is and look forward to fixes that we know will come through Microsoft, ATI for my problems or some third party will come up with a way to fix them.
My father took me one time to a National Guard open house and it was the first time as a boy that I got to see a fighter plane. I was allowed to sit inside, but it was so big, I was only 7 years old, but that gunsight look pretty big. What plane was it: It was our country's front line fighter at the time, a P-51 Mustang. We sure have come along way.
Everyone of you flight simmers out their have a nice day and I hope you have a good life and thanks to the ones who have help out the rest of us old guys who just wasn't as smart as you younger ones.