Usually, at the end of the year, there are a lot of ‘Best of Year XXXX’ articles being published all around the game-verse. Every year I look back on the past and wish I had paid more long-term attention, so that I could at least provide a summary of what happened. Alas, I always come up short; I’m not so much for planning ahead and being diligent.
Maybe this year is the time to try turning this back around on the community. This year has been, in my opinion, a good year for the Flight Sim hobby. Progress has been made in, as far as I can see or remember, every segment from games, to modules, to scenery, to hardware and through to a vibrant community.
So! What are your stand-out moments, modules, games or hardware from the Flight Sim category? What did you see, read or experience that stands out from the rest?
From my flight chair, 2019 was a good year.
On the combat flight sim side: Eagle Dynamics did some great work making the DCS F/A-18C a standout module. It is, arguably, my favorite module for DCS. ED also released the F-16C to Early Access, and although I have not had a lot of time in that virtual 'pit, I am looking forward to it in 2020. There was a lot of work put into other modules, but for me these were the standouts.
On the civilian flight sim side: I finally got some time in with X-Plane 11. The MacRobertson Air Race (2019), which I was able to complete (astonishing even myself), gave me some good time with X-Plane that I had been sorely lacking in my flight sim repertoire. I purchased some amazing modules including both the AirFoilLabs Cessna-172SP and the King Air 350. I was also able to follow @fearlessfrog’s X-Plane Ortho4XP Guide, which obviously means that anyone can do this, which made the route for the Official 2019 Mudspike Christmas Flight - AAR thread much nicer than the stock scenery.
On the hardware side: I was able to complete my Mudspike Button Box v01 and bought a Virpil T-50CM2 stick and base when my VKB Gunfighter base had issues that I did not think were going to be easily solvable - turns out I was wrong. Both the VKB and Virpil offerings are quality components that I would heartily recommend - it would be hard to chose between the two.
Looking forward to 2020: I anticipating getting back into the DCS groove and spending some time with the old and new modules being offered. I am looking forward to what MSFS 2020 will offer and the results of the Virpil Community Panel project. VKB may get their throttle out in 2020, and I am looking forward to maybe retiring my Warthog throttle (which has served me astonishingly well).
So how about you? Yes, you out there in the Mudspike community! What did you think of the Flight Sim corner of 2019 and what are you looking forward to in 2020?