Do any of you ever wonder how you are perceived on this forum? Maybe you realize that sometimes you can be a little too opinionated or hold a defense that borders on being stubborn, even confrontational? Or perhaps you find that you are not as open to new experiences or ideas as you should be? Most likely, you are not half as self-absorbed as I am and so you rarely ponder such things. For you, maybe Mudspike isn’t about you. It’s just a hub for the shared love of this hobby in the company of (usually) like-minded people.
The sword I had chosen to fall upon was (ready for it?): Orthophotos. I just now wrote damn near a dissertation as to why my change of heart. But really, who cares? The thing is, FS2020 is coming, and now that I am using orthos I have a hard time seeing how anything can survive this onslaught that doesn’t trash the old hybrid form of texture placement and photo-based tiles. After filling a 1TB harddrive with either “Forkboy2’s” orthos or rolling my own, I am finding waking up next to DCS and IL2 an ever bleaker experience. The terrain textures which were once plausible, no longer are. I love those sims too much to let aging beauty get in the way. I will dig deep to keep the relationship going. I re-embraced Falcon BMS despite her generation-old terrain and lack of VR support. I am faithful if nothing else but like the old couples say, “you gotta work at it.”
The following are X-Plane shots from a series of flights I made today from “Nine Mile” near Missoula, MT to Wurtz, MT (near the border with BC). I am–at long last in my sim life–exploring real places. And it is this sense of exploration has totally changed what it is that I am seeking when I choose to virtually fly. I can now look down and appreciate how lovely it must be to live above that river or how hard it must have been to build a farm among all the gullies. I can wonder if that mountain gets climbed regularly or why this fresh water lake is so incredibly clear. I can stick my head out the removed door of the helicopter and feel the rush that comes with looking over the edge of a precipice. It has all become so real. Now I know. Just a tad late.
These were all taken using my modest VR graphics settings. So as screenshots go, they are not as well detailed as they could be. What I really wanted to point out is how well Global Forests North America, Vol 2 placed trees. It is pfm to me!