Hi Maeck8049, you know, MSFS is rather like a long-term marriage relationship. Sure, there is the initial phase of excitement, hope and expectation. After that comes the realisation that neither side’s performance can match their dreams.
So, what happens? An understanding to get the best you can from the situation and remember one man’s dream is another’s disappointment…
I’ve been using flight sims for almost 35 years now. If I go back just 10 years ago, I would have given anything to get what I have now. It isn’t perfect, and I have spent almost £5000 of my pension (secretly spent I may add) this year alone, to try and get the ‘perfect’ experience. I have a rig that way exceeds max requirements, a VR set that is ‘excellent’, and a motion sim from DOF.
Yet still I spend hours messing about with this setting, then another, and so on. My point, perhaps not too well made, so forgive me as I advance to old age, is that I have learned to love my hobby like my wife…it sure ain’t perfect, and for all the money I’ve spent, I wish I had more to show for it, but I get fleeting examples of absolute joy, and lots of frustration that our two expectations don’t quite meet. Love exceeds expectation, or indeed reality.
Don’t give up on this wonderful hobby. Accept it is not the finished item, yet. It never will be because we will expect more and more (like moving people in cities, being able to sit in a passenger seat and recreating a flight anywhere in the world etc etc). We will never get exactly what we want, so enjoy the good parts and accept the bad as just for now.
I recently had 2 weeks without my hobby whilst my new rig was being made. It was awful not being able to turn on my old friend. I felt lost and when I got it back ? Well, kinda disappointed that £2000 of my money on a new custom-made PC hasn’t yet given me what I dream of… but I will keep going and enjoy the magic moments waiting for the bad times in between. And VR is a huge disappointment, for now…but it will get better because it just has to…so wait for that to happen!
Listen to an old man, enjoy what you have got and don’t give in… it will get better. Just don’t forget what you would have wanted 10 years ago. You have that, and more, it’s just your expectations have become even more…that’s perfectly normal.
Oh yeah, just like marriage, loving Microsoft Flight Simulator (whatever the number or version) is for life and until Death us do Part!
Hoping this can make you smile a bit, we all have frustrations but it will get better and better…