The future of desktop Flight Simulators

It’s not that long ago since the market was flooded with flight simulators, but then again, it wasn’t that long ago since people actually bought LPs and CDs. Things change, and having been an avid flight simulator fan since the late 1980s I’ve followed the development closely.

Personally I think the golden era of flight simming was the years following the release of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2002 and 2004. Not only did these releases mark a great technological achievement, but they gave birth to a vibrant and innovative addon development and Internet scene. Things changed with the release of Flight Simulator X (FSX). The freeware scene almost disappeared completely, and the Internet scene lies in ruins with inactive forums, blogs and websites. The big question is why? Continue reading