Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Office...

I guess it's time for you to see it. :)

I still have a about a thousand tweaks to do on it plus a fair bit of scuffing and weathering and have to add the canopy glass and such, but it's getting close, the front cockpit at least. The rear still needs a lot of work.

Most of what you see works and pretty much anything that could be animated does actually move. I'm a track-ir snob of course but I'm not cruel, so those without one can hide or show the control sticks in either cockpit independently by clicking on the leather boots at their bases. It makes things a little easier for IFR flying sometimes, even if you have a track-ir actually.

Anyway, enjoy. I myself am pulling the fuel cutoff handle and taking a day or two off now. I've been running at full burner since christmas and I'm utterly beat. ;)

-lotus

(click to enlarge, it's big)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Time to make some noise...

...and blow some piping hot sprite based jet exhaust in Microsoft's face.

Francois Dumas, a longtime addon developer, has started a facebook group called "100,000 Microsoft Flight Simulator Fans" in an effort to show the total fucking idiots at MS just how many of us there are out there that love this sim.

Anyone with a Facebook account can join, it's an open group.

700 people have joined in the last 36 hours, and the list reads like a who's who of the FS community. Quite impressive. :) Peb and I joined tonight.

Here's the link if you want to as well:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59637588200

It may all be for naught but it's something anyway. The other rather tempting option I guess is to drive to Seattle and punch Ballmer's smug face in.

It *is* only 160 kms away for me.... hmmmmmm. ;)

And yes, my shock has now been replaced with something akin to mild rage, hehe.

-lotus

(wow, 27 joined in the time it took me to write this)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did not see this coming...

If you read this blog then you've no doubt heard, but if not, it looks like ACES just got decimated by MS's big layoff.

What this means for FS11, who knows? I feel really bad for the people that worked there.

Here's the article.

Article Link

Lots of speculation on the usual forums, and real facts are pretty thin, but according to Phil Taylor it was pretty bad.

I'm trying hard to look at the possible silver lining, but in the mean time I think a toast is in order to the boys and girls of ACES.

I wish you guys the best of luck.


Oh and MS... next time... cut the goddamned VISTA team, or hang them from the nearest Douglas Fir, whichever is easier.

Idiots.

-lotus

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Just to be clear...

I kept forgetting to post this image from a few weeks back. Did I mention that the plane has backup systems? ;)



The L-39's development would have driven me truly insane long ago without such little moments of insomnia induced stupidity... and there have happily been quite a few along the way, the best of which will be included at the very end of the plane's manual. ;)

And speaking of the L-39's manual, Pebble has very kindly taken on the job of designing it (a huge load off my shoulders), and it's already the most beautiful and stylish thing I've ever seen for a flight sim plane. I am *uber* impressed. There will be a few good laughs in there as well for those who take the time to read it.

And those who don't? Well, they'll be spending more time crashing the Albatros than flying it I think, hehe.

-Lotus