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"I bought iFly 737 for FS9" thread

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I just had this idea to start a "I bought iFly" thread. I'm curious how long it can get if every one who bought posts a quick "I did" and maybe an emotion to show how you like it. I DID. LOL.gif

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I DID!Haven't had time to do a test flight yet but from what I've read so far it's time to retire my beloved PMDG. :(

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Guilty. :( I would love to buy the F33 and Caravan for FS9 also but....oh well. :(

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Never been happy to say guilty as charged. Needs an ironing out but is very good in the present stateDinshaw.

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Guilty. :( I would love to buy the F33 and Caravan for FS9 also but....oh well. :(
I did B) and I would love to see a Sperry 177 in my Tmouse B) :(

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Guilty. :( I would love to buy the F33 and Caravan for FS9 also but....oh well. :(
Ed,How about AAL 738 livery? :(

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Guilty: but this is slightly amusing to me... I keep seeing these posts and threads trying to counter what Carenado, PMDG and others have said about the FS9 sales numbers. Even as a FS9 lover we have to be cognizant of the fact that there are not these huge numbers of us left... Just look at this thread for example... When I started posting there were maybe 10-15 replies. There are usually about 4-5 users browsing the FS9 forums opposed to 20+ in the FSX forums and I wager a bet that the FS9 release is not going to be some blow out selling hundreds of copies like the FSX release. Ideally Steve at Flight1 should be able to tell us how the FS9 sales were but my guess is that they are pretty weak despite the group in these forums that are still massive FS9 lovers... (myself included)I love FS9, it is still my preferred sim but I am also extremely realistic about the fact we are the minority at this point. I would wager a guess we are the minority by a massive margin as well. I just wish we could be happy with what we have, be understanding of the situation we are in and respect the fact that we are a minority without a tremendous amount of buying power behind us and as such the PMDG, Carenado etc... assessments of the marketplace is spot on. My guess would be for every 1 unit sold in FS9 it is 20 in FSX and this is coming from an FS9'er who is being realistic about the situation and not "assuming" there are massive amounts of FS9 buyers out there, not from an FSX supporter. This is my honest assessment with emotion removed just looking at it from the outside and a realistic perspective... That is just my .02,-PPS... Just look at the iFly is released thread to give you a good idea... 39 posts, 20 different forum members but that's it... It isn't 2006 when you would see 5 pages of posts for a hot new release anymore, 39 posts, 20 users is pretty indicative of what I have been seeing over the past 12-14 months. Oh the times they are a changing whether we like it or not and personally I am a not but I accept the reality around me.

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Personally I gave up the idea of switching to FSX someday when I learned that MF is on the horizon. I simply don't see it cost-effective measure in many aspects. Therefore, I don't care about the sales' numbers FS9 vs FSX - I'm simply enjoying perhaps last 1-1.5 years of the great flight simulator for the history of the hobby (I mean FS2004). When MF will show up, it would be logical to switch into something fundamentally new. Off-top is over.

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Well said Mr Polk...I too have noticed while looking in the FSX forums more and more people there than here.Sad but true as I still use FS9.

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The other point of diminished activity on the forums is the overall knowledge base accumulated by many FS2004 users for all these years. What average FSX user (assuming 1-2 years of simming) would ask on the forum many times, the average FS2004 would solve without asking unnecessary questions.In other words - unlike FSX, FS2004 community is more finished and completed area.

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A quick note from a publisher, which may offer something concrete... using cursory numbers, I would estimate FSX addon sales are in the 3x range of what FS9 numbers are. Which is to say that if there are 100 sales of an FSX title, the FS9 title has 33.There are many other factors that come into play, but the above is not an unreasonable estimate. So, there are still some legs left to FS9, but starting develoment from scratch now on FS9 products may be more risky. There still are chances for some successes though. And if you go to the iFly forum and see some of the very nice pics posted by users, you can see why FS9 still is viable in certain circles.

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I'm also guilty. It's not perfect but I'm trying to help by reporting bugs and I hope the servicepack(s) can fix most of them.

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A quick note from a publisher, which may offer something concrete... using cursory numbers, I would estimate FSX addon sales are in the 3x range of what FS9 numbers are. Which is to say that if there are 100 sales of an FSX title, the FS9 title has 33.
Taking into account that FSX was released 4 years ago - 33/99 is HUGE ratio in favor of FS2004 that was released 7 year ago.

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Thanks Steve!!!Phenomenal of you to jump in... As for FS9 being viable, you don't have to convince any of us in this thread!!! We are the resilient few who get a :( everytime we try to convince people HOW viable FS9 is from a user perspective :( From a developers perspective is a whole different matter and like you said it is a risky venture at this point. I know I am still having those "holy crud look at that moments" in FS9 where it continues to blow me away regularly. Especially flying those heavies into massive hubs with full AI REX and ASE in full force...I am still amazed from an end user perspective at how much FS9 delivers but from an earnings perspective for the developers; well that is diminishing rapidly and nowhere near where we were a few years ago.-PPS... This is obviously just my opinion, not trying to state a fact or anything, just my perception recently..

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