Hey guys. Just a quick disclaimer, some things I will mention are not attacks on the community nor the developers but more so my honest opinions on how I feel at this present time about IF in general.
So where to begin. Some 5/6 years ago I purchased Infinite Flight for the first time as a young aviation enthusiast. Ever since that day, I have continued to play IF and I thoroughly enjoy it however it was only late this year where I started to begin interaction within the community. I had posted a topic which was taken down due to it not being in the correct category, which is completely understandable however I feel as if myself and other members of the community are communicating important issues within the game however what we say is not being heard due to the fast developments constantly happening within the simulator. I mentioned on an IF Instagram post about the LNAV system not being as optimised as it should be. Many people agreed with me and even the article I posted in this forum received similar responses however its almost like no one gives a damn (LNAV Reworking). I’m not making this personal however it seems like the majority of people heard are those who are after new additions to the simulator such as aircraft and those who actually want to improve the experience of the sim are drowned out by the outcry and swarm of people requesting for things to be added into the sim.
In an article I read, nowadays, a majority of the video game industry is no longer about the experience but more so the micro-transactions that game companies make available. A prime example is the Grand Theft Auto Series. What started out as a beloved franchise soon turned to a franchise known for taking people’s money due to the developers implementing content they knew would attract sales, which lead people to spend additional money on the game. I’m not saying Infinite Flight is going to turn out like this nor is it in this state, however it seems like the important things such as optimising game features is being pushed back to accommodate the requests of those who ask for new content. Another example is that the moderator, who took down my article, commented on it however he completely missed the point and thus communicated something I knew prior to writing the article. One final example, which may be slightly off topic, is the way to which the community responds to questions such as “when is the next update” on posts created by the devs. Many responses I see say; “don’t ask when” or “it’s coming soon, be patient”, and on some occasions these are developer responses to the consumer directly. I personally find this unorthodox and in some way inappropriate as we are the consumer and the consumer has the right to know the information about what they are investing on and whether it’s worth considering or not. This also applies to the community members who respond like we are all players and a simple response such as “this is what we know…” or “it may be coming soon” would completely eradicate this issue within the community of asking repetitive questions and getting responses which don’t really entail the answer to what the person asked.
Anyways that summarises my feelings towards the direction Infinite Flight is following. Just like most people here, I am just a player who wants the best for the sim however it’s in my honest opinion that priorities are all over the shot at the moment. Let me know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to up vote this if it sparked any realisation or raised any valid points.