Yes I do! But then I calm down because you are correct…life is too short to get so upset without a good reason…“the switch RWS to TWS while in 4 bar has not been properly implemented…what were they thinking!” is not a good reason.
This really goes beyond flight sim mods development. Ever since software development became an industry, there has been a struggle with bugs and unfulfilled promises in software. This was a major focus of study when I was getting my graduate degree in formation Systems Management. In a nut shell, the bigger and more complicated the software application, the longer it takes to develop and the more likely it is to have bugs. Moreover, since software development is a business, there often comes a time where the app must go on the market, despite the lack of some features that were originally intended for inclusion.
At the time the focus was on improving the software development process through various methods. Industry standards were promulgated and a sub-industry of companies that did nothing but consult on your software development process (not the software itself) grew up.
Then we had the turn of the millennium and civilization was wiped out by the Y2K bug…oops, wrong reality.
Then we had the turn of the millennium…and a few more years went by…and software developers came up with the whole “early access” idea.
Take a mod like the FA-18. ED knows what the real plane does and wants to replicate as much of this functions as they can. That is a fairly big and complicated gated software application (remember what I said about big and complicated software apps). It is going to take a while and there will be bugs that slip through. How long? How many? They probably had some estimates that were not WAGs…but really? Who knows. The only right answer is usually “longer than we think and more than we think”.
Enter the early access business model. It makes sense. Get the FA-18 model up to the point where it can fly, land (on a carrier) and shoot its gun and a couple of missiles. Sell it for a reduced price with the customers getting the upgrades (for free) as they come out. ED stays in business and we all get to fly a Hornet…albeit a Hornet that does not have many of the capabilities that the real one does.
Plus, the customers essentially become Beta testers for the mod. How great is that?!! It is totally awesome. Usually you have to “bribe” people to be beta testers with a promise of a free copy on completion. Now the Beta testers are paying ED!!! (Really, seriously, from a business model perspective, this is awesome. I am not being sarcastic.)
If the customer is happy with this plan, and ED is happy with this plan then who is to complain? (Hold that thought). If a would-be customer is not happy with getting a “full up” Hornet then they do not have to buy it. They can continue to fly other mods and be happy. Everybody is happy!
…except…what if ED changes the plan after a customer has purchased the mod? Why if they decide to pull developers off the FA-18 and put them on another mod–another early access mod. Well, it is their company so they can do what they want…and I never saw any promise that the level of effort would remain constant until the mod was proclaimed “finished”…so…
If I actually flew my FA-18 mod I might be less than happy at this news…but don’t , so I won’t.