Timothy Thomas

FSElite Original: The State of Reviews in Flight Simming

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With the release of Sky Force 3D from REX, FSElite naturally requested a press copy for our reviewers. However what we got in reply was that not only would we not receive a press copy, but a confirmation that neither us nor any other outlet would be receiving press copies for the first 30 days of its release. At that point, a significant number of people would have already purchased the addon. Of course, this would be long after anyone cares about a review for the product at all. This is not something that bothers us, but it is something that we feel our readers should know about. It’s also something that the consumers of Flight Sim addons should know as well, as they are the ones most affected. This article is written as a general state of reviews in this industry, and why they so often come out long after the addon in question.

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Carenado C172SP G1000: The FSElite Review

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Now, this was a plane I was really looking forward to. For the 10+ years FSX has been out, there has been no payware Cessna 172SP, to my knowledge. Carenado had made a C172N before, and of course, there was the A2A C172R which is very similar to the C172SP. But they were not the SP model, and they all
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Piracy In The Last Place You Would Look

Just a few weeks ago, I did a short little flight into St Petersburg, Florida. I choose to use the Bridge Transition to get through the Tampa class Bravo airspace. Now I had been using FlyTampa’s Tampa Rebooted scenery, but this time I had disabled it in favor of some freeware scenery I had found. This freeware scenery claimed to
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PMDG Minor Updates to 747 & 777

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Yesterday PMDG released a minor update for the 747-400, and 777LR/F. Accompanying this was some information on bringing the 737NGX, and 777W to P3D V4. These updates are minor and mostly concern the installers. However they do fix one problem known to cause a Crash-To-Desktop, as well as add new features to take advantage of the standard capabilities of Windows
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Flight Sim World | The Numbers are in

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Flight Sim World released in early access on May 18th 2017. As I did with Xplane 11 before it, I will take a peek into publicly available data to see how well the game is doing a month after its release. Now it’s only fair to remind everyone we are talking about a game in early access. So these numbers are subject to change even more dramatically than normal full released game. Some may even say it’s not fair to do this yet since the game is still in Early Access. Well my response to that is the same stance I have on reviewing Early Access games. Whats out now is all your guaranteed to get. Times change and shit happens so the future is never guaranteed. Plus I firmly believe once you start charging money for something, you are officially selling a product. You will be judged as such! And I don’t show mercy with this so let’s take a look.

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2017 Steam Summer Sale begins!

2017 Summer Sale
The day of reckoning for gamer's everywhere has finally come. The 2017 Steam Summer Sale has started. Expect big sales on meany titles on the Steam store. Titles big and small, including Flight Sim World, FSX Steam Edition, and X Plane 11. At time of writing FSX Steam Edition is 50% off ($12.49, Normally $24.99). X Plane 11 is 26%
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Turbulent Designs Idaho Falls Regional nearing Beta

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Turbulent Design announced yesterday that their next scenery, Idaho Falls Regional Airport, is nearing the Beta stage of development. Accompanying this announcement they have a list of features and several screenshots. High quality buildings and textures, SODE  Jetway's, and Dynamic Lighting are just a few of the features mentioned. A release date is pending. Idaho Falls Regional Airport (Formerly Fanning Field)
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SamScene3d Releases Frankfurt RealCity X

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SamScene3d has released High Quality scenery for FSX and Prepare 3D. Frankfurt RealCity X, featuring Frankfurt Germany! The fifth largest city in Germany, and the 2nd German scenery from SamScene. The other being Munich. This scenery is compatible with all versions of FSX as well as version two, three, and four of Prepare 3D. According to SamScene the scenery features
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Next Flight Sim World Update coming this week

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Dovetail Games is gearing up to langue the next update to Flight Sim World. This one "is all about bringing the community together." Said Cryss Roxas Leonhart in a Forum post today. The update is going to bring Steam's Workshop functionality to Flight Sim World. As well as improvements to the lighting engine, and localization fixes. Steam Workshop The new update will bring
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