FilePlanet Update

…and the saga continues. From what I can gather it appears that FilePlanet has a beta build they can distribute–they’ve tested it themselves. At this point it looks like the only thing holding up the beta is a way to provide the necessary information required to unlock the full functionality. Each user will require their own…

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Demo Lesson Learned: Seagulls Must Work!

Ya know it’s funny. Before we released the FSX demo the online forums where flooded with posts decrying our decision to include “wildlife” in the game. Posts like, “why are they including elephants when they won’t improve the flight model’s dual-gizmo-thing-a-ma-whatsit!!!” Yeah, we thought about letting the artists program flight models, but…   Of course,…

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

One of the last planning discussions I was involved with as I was making my transition to a new set of responbilities involved releasing a beta version of FSX on fileplanet.com. Not being a PC game “enthusiast” myself I admit I hadn’t heard of them but I’ve since learned they are a mainstay among gaming…

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The Last Word on Dual Core

Well, my last word, anyway. It seems there’s quite a bit of anxiety on the FS boards about whether or not FSX will “take advantage of” multi-core CPUs. I’ve tried to provide some explanation but it’s quickly drowned out by the waves of claims, opinions and speculation. So I thought I’d try one last time…

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Stupid Flight Sim Tricks

Any Letterman fans out there? Well, here’s one to try if you have the FSX demo:   Launch any flight and turn on Mouse-as-Yoke (from the right-click menu or by pressing CTRL+Y). Fly around for a bit and then press the middle mouse button (or mouse wheel button as the case may be). Notice anything…

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Many Thanks, Intrepid Demo Users!

A quick update on the Flight Simulator X demo:   Thanks to all of you who’ve been clicking “Send to Microsoft” whenever the demo has produced the unfortunate “Program Error” dialog. It appears a number of you are encountering a crash in the same tricky bit of code. We’d seen this once or twice but it’s been…

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Keep It Coming!

With the FSX demo not even a week old I want to give a “shout out” to all the folks that have tried it and provided feedback on the various forums and to tell_fs@microsoft.com. Keep it up! Most of the problems reported are known but I’ve discovered a couple new issues that have warranted further…

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Real World Weather Back Up

Looks like the upgrades went as planned as the weather servers are back online. Thanks for your patience!

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Here’s a Tip

So much of the buzz surrounding the demo seems to be about performance with a hailstorm of varying reports. The problem is that it’s hard to know *exactly* how people have configured the sim. Or is it? Here’s a tip you “slider obsessed” might find helpful made possible by a new feature we (oh, okay,…

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FS Real-World Weather…

UPDATE: The server facility is undergoing power system upgrades and is likely to be offline until sometime on Sunday. Sorry about that…

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