Short answer: Yes.
Long Answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssss
Sorry, couldn’t help it.
Okay. So it’s not that I don’t agree with every post so far, I do. But I would also like to point out Mover’s specific case, just because, context, and also, because I find it interesting as well.
I would think that Mover is one of the first (if not the first) Fighter Pilot digital influencers around. It’s a pretty recent phenomenon, that I am obsessed about. I think the first time it clicked for me (and I might be absolutely full of [email protected], because I’m relatively new to flight sims) was some Hornet pilot explaining Case I Landings. That was awesome. To have a real fighter pilot explaining how to do something in DCS was mindblowing. It felt that what I was doing was THAT real.
Mover had some tough times with the channel in the last year, he has a very sincere and in my opinion very good video about it, and so, content and views was high on his priority. He is trying to find a voice. For that, I can see how DCS might not fit him as much. On the other hand, dare I say he didn’t have the type of career Mooch had, and all the access that entails. So I get it, who is Mover, what makes him stand out as an influencer? That’s for he to decide, and if DCS does not fit into his plans, fair game. Although he’s the ironic movie ruiner DCS scoffing mover to me, I find it quite entertaining.
So his context is not only about toxic gamers (yeah, I would not put flight sim community that far from the gaming community, albeit usually older and good with numbers - also a tendency to some personality traits there), but also about how would that content work for his channel and how much work that would cost. Let’s all agree his DCS videos are not as well produced as some of the good DCS content creators out there, such as Growling Sidewinder and co.
I personally don’t think the community is that bad. In fact I consider it extremely helpful, polite, adult and intelligent. I do however know that it being the internet, there will always be those guys… But being a more recent simmer all I can say is that either over here, or in the group I fly with regularly, I was much more positively surprised than otherwise.
But maybe it was just me expecting so much worse…