Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A market in danger

I am not proud of me. I don't have much news today. Nothing relevant. But it's not only my fault. PMDG NGX is delayed, once again. FSDreamteam KLAX has not been released in Spring. Aerosoft is active but is limiting his projects to some redoing. We don't have any news from Elite-Air, Overland, John Gabbert*, SunSkyJet* (KPHL X), Southwest design, A.M.S., Sky High Sim. CLS and Captain Sim are low on projects, Flight Sim Labs is still dogmatically ignoring his fans, and i spare you the worse.
* 4 months ago, i wrote that i will not cover any more J. Gabbert CYVR and SunSkyJet KPHL X. Well, i don't have any regret but all of this is sad.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Economy situation in the real world is affecting this market. May be interesting to see if piracy increased over the last 2 years. This may apply for small developers. PMDG situation is totally different. Nobody knows what are they waiting for to release NGX. I agree with you. It is a bit disappointing.

T.J. Streak said...

On the other hand, piracy is only a problem to the extent that a developer is actually losing sales because of it. The developers tend to make the assumption that every pirated copy is a lost sale. However, it probably is fair to say that many, if not most, of the illegal downloads are made by people who would otherwise would not purchase the product. If the illegal downloader would not have purchased the product but for the presence of a torrent, the developer really has not lost a sale.

In some gaming communities (e.g. The Sims), the sale of third party add-ons is really frowned upon. There is a belief that these add-ons are the property of the community as a whole.

Personally, I am rather agnostic on the issue. I can see the value of paying for exceptional payware, but also believe that many developers have an exaggerated sense of what their products are worth.

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