Now that the voting feature is implemented, I’d like to propose a worldwide Airport/Scenery/POI’s Gateway system to be implemented so that the community can contribute and create scenery for the sim.
How it works
Community members make scenery for an airport, or a statue or some islands.
They then upload them to a central repository.
After it’s approved for quality by the folks at Asobo, the scenery is then updated as part of the base sim package.
The scenery is made available to download as part of the next monthly or quarterly official update. Everybody now enjoys the new updated base scenery.
This can complement Asobo’s World 2.0 scenery updates, allowing for a much faster rate of development and improvement of scenery. Also lifts some workload off of Asobo’s shoulders.
We won’t be tied down to relying on updates on photogrammetry data from Bing Maps. If their updates on Manhattan photogrammetry was from 2015, I don’t have faith in them to release updates to Asia or Middle East in the near future.
Asobo can even use these crowd-developed or perfected scenery to further develop Bing Maps.
Perhaps the most important benefit of all, no more being scammed by scenery developers to selling us poorly made scenery addons, when passionate and talented members of the community can do a much better job.
Why it’s beneficial to every simmer
Flight simming is a global hobby. We have simmers from all across the globe who are passionate to have their local areas be represented in the most realistic possible way in the sim for everyone to enjoy and admire. The sim hasn’t even been out for a month and we have a massive influx of people creating scenery packs for their local areas through various means and forums.
I don’t know much about 3D modeling myself, but if a system like this were to exist, I’d definitely take the time and effort to learn Blender and at least start by making a good model of my own house.
The passion is there, we just need to empower the community with the right tools and support them with good documentation and a solid platform. Cover these key aspects, and watch the world in the sim take shape before your eyes.
I’ve covered this topic previously, which has also garnered lots of support.
I hope this receives enough votes to get the attention of the developers.