Webmaster's Mailbag: Payware
Most of my email is pretty routine stuff, but sometimes I get caught off guard. It's really kind of shocking what some people think of our beloved hobby, for example this email just received (paraphrased a bit, and atrocious grammar and spelling corrected):
I have read articles regarding web sites that are trying to turn people away from the hobby. Some of the reading is so shocking that web sites will do anything just for the money. FlightSim.Com and Avsim can't say they are not doing this, when they are.
I cannot believe when web sites say it is the peoples' choice what they upload. It's not true at, all payware means money and money turns to greed so web sites will do anything just to sell payware only.
A payware will be sold by the web site one day and by three days later the web site is flooded only with repaints from that product.
What a sad and cynical statement. I wonder where all these articles are? Here's my reply:
After operating FlightSim.Com all these years I find myself rather baffled by your comments. We certainly are not trying to "turn people away from the flight simulator hobby"...just the opposite in fact! One of my primary goals in operating the site is to serve as sort of a cheerleader for the hobby, promoting it in all its aspects.
However, I can only lead to a certain extent. Though you don't seem to believe it, it really is true that our file library is completely driven by the interests of the developer portion of the flightsim community. We do not control or limit the file library contents in any way; what you see added there each day depends entirely on what community members choose to contribute. If some of the files are add-ons (textures, etc.) for payware products that's only because that is what interests those people.
You said: "A paywear will be sold by the website one day and by three days later the website is flooded only with paywear textures from that product." Well, think about how natural that is. It's simple human nature to be interested in the latest thing, whatever that might be. When a new airplane comes out people are going to get it and repaint it, whether it's payware or freeware. While it's new there will be lots of repaints and then eventually something newer will come along and repainters will flock to that.
As for our file library, I took a look at today's submissions. There are 61 new files, of which 47 are freeware and not tied to any payware product. I think that's pretty typical. There's plenty of freeware available, if anything the most difficult challenge is choosing since no one can possibly try it all!
Instead of complaining I suggest that you just enjoy our hobby. We have an abundance of great things available to supplement the basic simulators.