Paul J wrote:True: I understand and sympathize with you, db, and this is what will extend the life of FS9. Nevertheless it still holds true that as "new and better" comes along the "old or obsolescent" will slowly disappear - just like your favorite car. These memories slowly fade. People talk about :"the good old days" all the time: in reality they weren't the good old days; they were days just like today. We "couldn't afford to upgrade" for FS2000, for FS98, for XP. Upgrading is change - like a new car, house, town, school, job. It's an in-built resistance to change which we have, and moving to FSX is one such similar case: if you become so motivated - you will find a way to upgrade.
In my experience, db - flyers are the greatest dreamers; their heads are always in the clouds; we don't give up flying easily; we may back off for a while but the dreams always bring us back.
Hang in there. Sooner or later you will get what you're now missing, and if Martin and George build it - we will all come.
I'm glad you're happy with FSX now, but what you say is not true for all. I won't be going there for a long time, if ever. True, there are some things that I really like, such as the multiple visiblity layers, flight models, boat and car traffic, camera views. But those are overshadowed by the extreme amount of horsepower needed to run it. And I refuse to run it without autogen, when FS9 works superbly well with at max.
I'm also greatly disappointed in the ground textures. I hate the spotted transitions, it just kills it for me. And also the "cookie dough" desert stuff. The latter can probably be fixed (read more money), the former probably can't.
And I am not planning on buying just out of principle. I think MS made this very much more of a hog than was necessary. The autogen is working beautifully in FS9, but absolutely nukes the sim in X. People seem so willing to accept the status quo and never question why. I don't think it too unreasonable to be able to run with the same level of detail as FS9, but you can't. I think MS pushed the thing through and didn't really take enough time to optimize the code. Therefore what we are stuck with is a bloated monster.
So I am more than content to stay with FS9. It gives me the quality of visuals that rival FSX in many ways, without having to spend a fortune to "upgrade" for one game.