I posted what may appear to be a small discussion point regarding the colour of the blue sky in FS2002 and added some real world pictures to show what it really looked like.
One guys response was that it really wasnt that important.
I countered this with the fact that with ground scenery the flight sim community are "very" demanding.
Imagine if the hills were covered with one tone of dull green there would be a public outcry. People create their own textures always striving for more and more ground detail whether its scenery or airport invironemnt or even aircraft outside visuals.
Sadly for me the very element of flight simming which is most important has up to date taken a back seat.
The sky invironment including challenging dynamic weather still has miles to go yet it is given very little attention.
The clouds and weather form scenery that will blow any ground scenery to shame in beauty, shear magnitude or proximity inflight to most aircraft, yet the very invironment which should be all important to flight and the challengeof flight is barely given a sisways glance.
September the 11th was a bad day for flightsimming yet Microsoft could sway the attention back to Mother Nature and the invironment its challenge and Beauty by making this a FS2004 main feature.
Flight dynamics have taken a back seat with flight dynamic specialists having to work with incomplete and a hole ridden flight dynamic engine mostly written years ago. What about trim force controls affordable for the man in the street and code written to operate it.
Again we have a long way to go with flightdynamics
What about inside the aircraft, we are still stuck with unrealistic 2D panel views which a pilot would never have real world or VC Limited in functionality and graphic detail.
The FS2002 Falcon 50 is a work of art where the designer is trying to focus attention back in the plane not only with his VC but also his Virtual interior, but how many parts of that delicious panel will work?
Sturmovic uses VC s with excellent graphics and functionality.
B17 had superb Virtual interiors which you could move around and even see animated people, why not FS2004?
Okay there are those who will shout "Its only a game, what do you expect for $70".
Would those people say the same if they had one colour dull green scenery?
Yes to a certain extent FS2004 is a Scenery Viewer FS2004 neednt be ;-)