Hello everybody, I’m aware this post may get flagged for “speaking my own opinion” but hear me out, I’ve been playing this game since early 2015 and watched things progress from just a few small regions for pilots to fly in, to the entire world people can explore, I commend the developers for the work they’re doing to help improve the game, however there have been a few short comings that have not been looked at since 2015.
One of the first things I’ve noticed is how there’s a whole bunch of unnecessary USA liveries, for example we have a whopping 14 combined Frontier and Southwest liveries. I spend a lot of my time myself flying in the states, and I’ve only seen those liveries used only a few times. Sure, Infinite Flight is a United States based company, however this issue of “diversity” and including “new liveries” everybody is pushing for is overshadowing the fact that some countries out there only have a handful of liveries people can realistically use. Infinite Flight did improve with this during the 757 update adding multiple African, Asian and South American liveries, however there’s some things I don’t get such as why the Aeromexico 757 was removed and replaced by the American Chrome 757 when we already have the American 752 in the new livery. Another issue with liveries I’ve noticed is how some countries’ airlines aren’t being fully represented in the game, for example, China despite being a country where air travel and Infinite Flight players are booming, only has 4 liveries. (out of which only one is still used today) This could prove to be a big problem for Infinite Flight as this could deter future Chinese players from even trying out the game. We could look to our competitors, Real Flight Simulator and MFSX for inspiration and add a “Community Livery Editing Team”, which already has a feature request open.
Another issue I’ve noticed with Infinite Flight is the addition of multiple redundant or unnecessary features by the staff. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I commend the forum staff for recently adding the pronouns feature, however myself and many others feel this was unnecessary at the moment and the time and resources spent on adding it could have been used to help members who have a mental impairment. As someone who suffers from a multiple mental illness, I feel that we have been underrepresented and Infinite Flight should be doing more to help pilots with a mental disability. For example, in addition to the Pride events and the Black History events we can have Autism/OCD/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness month which can educate our fellow pilots on how to help each other if someone is struggling. Our virtual airlines and community forum can have certain support/help points for those when they need it and the ability to change the font size and or coloring could help those with dyslexia. I could go and on about the things we can do to help those with mental impairments, but it’s important to remember we are all a community.
Another issue I’m sure many members have probably acknowledged is the should I say, ‘bluntness’, of some members - both staff and not staff. Too often am I seeing users being sarcastic or blunt to new members of the IFC who are just simply asking for help. Of course, to keep the IFC organised and running smoothly, there does needs to be a set of rules in place, especially regarding topics. However, for longer serving IFC members to think they are above others is just, to put it plainly, wrong. I believe that the attitude across the IFC needs to change, particularly if we want to keep this a friendly environment for all. This is something we all need to work on, together.
I understand what I have said above may divide the community, however it is a message I believe needed to be put across. I ask the staff that this is kept open, provided that a civilised discussion follows. Thank you all for reading, and I hope everyone can take something away from this.