Faelwolf Posted January 20, 2020 Share Posted January 20, 2020 (edited) Some background, and an example. So, I fly in a certain well known combat flight sim, one that is known for being a bit buggy at times, more than a bit at others. I am not mentioning it by name so this doesn't come up in a Google search and cause problems for me in it's community, as will be explained (much) later in this post. I haven't played it for quite a while, so had a lot of work to do getting all my flight gear working again, etc. due to the developer changing file layouts as well as changing how mods are handled, etc. They can really throw a wrench in the works via an update with undocumented changes! (One of the reasons I stopped playing for so long, just got tired of having to rebuild the software side of my setup or adjust it after almost every update) So I am already tired of the whole thing when I get it working and run into the latest issue with my current main aircraft. It took several long nights to finally get it working right, along with some hardware issues, since Win10 likes to play it's little games with hardware, too. The latest major issue is the the HUD in the A10C is overscanned for many who aren't using VR goggles. For those who don't know WTF I am talking about, basically the HUD (Heads Up Display) is a glass plate in the cockpit that uses a projector to display a lot of information for the pilot, and is critical in modern air combat. The game has been changed so it looks perfect in VR, but in 2D it is projecting too large for the glass so the information can only be seen if you have head tracking, and move your point of view around dramatically. You can't see all the data at once like you should be able to. The developer is pushing hard to be "the" sim for VR, and forgetting, or doesn't care, that at least 80% of it's player base is still 2D, so are dragging their heels fixing it. Not everyone is having the issue, oddly enough, but for those of us that do, it makes the plane a total PIA to fly or attack targets in. I worked with some adjustments in the default head position, and a small tweak to a file in the game to adjust the field of view for the HUD (it's treated as a separate virtual monitor in the game), and it worked very well for me. Very simple and easy fix. So I pass it along, with the usual caveats like "it worked for me, it may not work for you" "YMMV" "You may have to experiment with this setting a bit more, depending on how the game reacts on your system" etc. I covered the basics both for typical trolls, as well as folks who don't quite understand what the setting is doing, but have basic mod skills. I got a few "thanks man, that really helped" so I guess that was a signal for the trolls and the prima donnas. Now the posts are flooded with "now my game is broken!" (not possible if they did what I said, using the right editing software, adjusting head position in the game, and tweaking the HUD field of view in one file won't break the game. Using the repair utility would correct it easily if it did, though that means they did a lot more than this while they were in the files). Then there's the people basically wanting me to hand-hold them over the forum step by step because they claim they don't have even the most basic knowledge of how to mod a file or adjust position in the cockpit (they claim, but other posts from them don't match that) trying to waste my time. (If they were legit, I'd point them to several good resources for learning to mod, but I'm not wasting my time and energy on a troll.) One guy (prima donna) even posted "before" and "after" pics claiming it didn't work, when the pics clearly showed he isn't experiencing the problem, but had adjusted his POV in the game to try to fake it! (And the metadata and file names of the pictures are exactly the same? hmmmmm.....) He's a well known modder and frankly much more knowledgeable of the files in the game than I am, it makes no sense for him to do that other than to troll, and he would darned well know his default head position is incorrect. It just goes on and on. I get the strong impression that if I had just posted some cynical, "so adjust your head position, dweeb" type post with no real helpful information I would have been left alone. So WTF! This isn't an isolated incident, just the last straw in a good number of them lately as I've tried to help some new players out or posted a fix for some old bugs they are coming across, or in this case, a new one. It always plays out the same way. There have always been forum trolls, but the flight sim community wasn't so bad for it, and it was never this bad in general, especially when someone was legitimately working to help out on issues with a game. Has the internet in general devolved this much? I can answer the rest of the questions pretty easily. "Am I going to ever again share a fix for an issue in this flight sim in the forums?" NO "Am I going to find a good squadron to fly with, share information internally if at all, and the rest of this sim's community can shove it?" YES That, or I am going to just fly my own missions offline, and withdraw from the community entirely, it's just not worth the time and hassle. "Has this caused other people to stop trying to help, or leave the game altogether?" You better believe it! I am (was) one of the few old-timers still posting to the forums, though I do run across them online now and then, so they are still flying, but have given up on the community at large. I am now one of their ranks. And that's the real shame of it. Just like GTA V and RDR2, there are lots of good people playing the game, and some are having issues that can be fixed, or could use a few tips, but the narcissists and sociopaths are ruining it for them both in the game and out. It's even showing up in YouTube videos on occasion when people are recording themselves flying on a public server to make a tutorial video or share their flights with others. Running people over on runways and taxiways, disrupting attack runs, team killing, etc. It seems to me to be a lessening of the overall mental maturity of the player base, and a "It's all about ME!" attitude that just wasn't there before. I am also seeing in the flight sim community that "Prima Donna" syndrome has gotten much worse. (For anyone reading this that doesn't already know, that's when a player sets themselves up as the "leader" of that particular forum or game and puts down anyone who posts a fix they didn't think of, gives advice, or otherwise "challenges their supremacy". I am sure many here are familiar with the type.) There were always a couple of "those guys", but before, they usually found themselves shunned, while the "real deal" guys, like professional pilots, military crew chiefs, etc. where honestly looked up to and pretty humble. Now the Prima Donnas set up YouTube channels and promote themselves shamelessly, while other players pander to them. I am pretty sure, based on prior experience, that in a few days at least one of the Prima Donnas will reword my post, repost it themselves, and claim it as their own work after trying to run me off the forum. (They may not even reword it, some of them are pretty darned lazy) Maybe even make a YouTube video to try to make some money off of it. I will be surprised if they don't. Maybe the monetization is the real issue now? Before, if someone posted a fix, and it didn't work for someone else, that person would then experiment a little, then post what did work for them, and we as a community would work out the best method, or have a list of things to try. We would work together to solve the issue for all of us. Now, well, I've already written what you get. This isn't a moderator issue on those forums, IMO, as this isn't limited to just one or two guys causing trouble, this is a "cultural shift" that has become pretty negative. I know there isn't really anything I can do about it, the community as a whole has to stand up to it. But I just don't see that happening at this point. Given that the same prima donnas (and trolls) go to the few flight sim forums there are, if I posted this there, I would have no end of trouble as they would hound me to the ends of the Earth to make sure I submitted to their "authority". (Yeah it's gotten that bad, even to bans from corporate on some who tried to point out a bug) I am sure missing the old days when the flight sim community was a pretty laid-back, fun loving group of folks who just wanted to fly the virtual skies, have fun, and help others do the same. A lot of other games were like that, too! Well, if you've actually read all this, bless you, I do ramble on! Some of this applies to RDR2, and the gaming community as a whole as well, and kudos to the folks of this forum, and the moderators, that I can feel safe posting this here. It's nice to have at least one oasis on the internet where I can just get this off my chest! Edited January 20, 2020 by Faelwolf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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