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  1. I'm gonna put two Steam advantages and two standalone advantages. Steam: 1) Downloads speed are better on Steam, regardless of where you live. Dunno if standalone servers got better, but the download speeds used to be dreadful, especially during release and update days. 2) On Steam is that you don't get limited activations for modules because they use Steam DRM - at least on newer modules. Standalone: 1) Almost every weekend there is some kind of sale going on and sometimes even bundles. 2) You can keep multiple game installations.
  2. That's good to hear! Haven't heard anything after the announcement, so it was kind of weird, almost if ED went back and canceled the project. Looking forward to the update on MAC!
  3. Short answer is, because it's easier and cheaper, and to use another engine it would require a lot of work anyway to implement and optimize DCS's features. DCS is being developed for a long time, way before Unity or UE4. They could have gone with UE3/UDK but back in the day the engine wasn't free, it was pretty expensive in fact. Also not sure if the engine would've supported the terrain scale of DCS - probably yes, but it would require a lot of work to make the custom physics engine and whatnot. Also, developing their own engine became easier than it was 5 to 10 years ago. Other companies like Ubisoft decided to build their own engine for their games instead of paying royalties to Epic to use UE. It's one of the reasons why Epic changed the UE business model to something similar to Unity's. Unity, even today, require a lot of work to improve and optimize its performance. Their graphics quality it's starting to be on par with UE4 with less work out-of-the box with their new Scriptable Pipeline Render engine. But their terrain module it's still behind UE's and it's being improved for upcoming versions. Maybe if DCS was starting it's development today, UE4 would be a viable option to speed things up. A great example that an already built engine isn't always the best solution is Star Citizen. When it started development in 2011/12, they decided to go with Cryengine instead of UE because they thought the first was more capable of supporting the game graphics and scale - and also beacuse Crytek lent a hand to build the tech demo. But look the amount of work they had done to customize the engine to support the game's system.
  4. well well, if it isn't the most beautiful jet fighter ever made. that textured wing screenshoot... I'm flagging this as porn.
  5. I thought I was the only one annoyed by this "feature". Good to hear we're getting rid of it. But I hope we're also getting a proper FoV slider with numeric values.
  6. Man, I envy you guys so much because VR is such a distant reality for us in Brazil due to heavy taxation and our currency to USD difference... Imagine having to pay 10x this price. Yeah. I wanna out of this country. Rants apart, I didn't know about this device until I read this topic and really got me interested on it. Thanks for sharing your reviews and experiences.
  7. because pushing a lever to raise/lower gears feels better than pressing G. about voice macros, you're flying a fighter jet, not a space ship (unless you're using on comms).
  8. I might be wrong on this, but I think the Su-25T isn't the easiest plane to start, even tho it's the one FC3-like available for free. But since you already have FC3, I think the A-10A is easier to start with. Similar plane and mission but easier to fly in general.
  9. try deleting the fxo and metashaders folders in your user/saved games/DCS and repair the installation.
  10. once you get into a knife fight against a F-5, you better have a good wingman.
  11. any possibility of converting Screaming Eagle to the new Caucasus map?
  12. I try to fly with the joystick on the same position as the aircraft I'm flying. If I'm flying the F-16, I use it on the right side. If I'm flying the F-15 or any other, I position the joystick on the center. But I honestly thing that the center position works best because I can hold the stick with either hands, and I saw this video of a F/A-18C pilot doing an ILS landing on a carrier, and in one moment he swap hands on the stick, holding it with the left hand, while he change settings on the right MFD. Edit: This is the video I was talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSnlWJjRLNw The moment when he quickly swap hands on the joystick: around 2:51 Additional note: the Super Hornet cockpit is very, very sexy.
  13. wedgeDCS-DRK added to main post! Let me know what you guys think and report any bugs. Btw, the images look bad but I can't do anything about it. I'm already using Helvetica, which is being used on some new sections of ED-Shop page.
  14. "Red is the best color, and here's the proof, and you gotta agree with me!" You lost me when you said that "trees = 0 and it's Caucasus and trees are ugly anyway". They look very nice and have better performance than 1.5 (that had almost no trees even if you wanted). I guess you're being nostalgic :P
  15. I created a Stylish (Custom CSS code) to be applied on this Forum to look nicer. Due to certain limitations (I can only change CSS code), I can't change images like buttons and icons, so they're still default. I tried to use the same color theme of ED-Shop. Comments, critiques and suggestions are welcome! Instructions Download the Stylish Extension: - Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stylish-custom-themes-for/fjnbnpbmkenffdnngjfgmeleoegfcffe - Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/ - Opera: https://addons.opera.com/en-gb/extensions/details/stylish/ And download the theme: ED-Theme https://userstyles.org/styles/155979/wedgedcs Dark Flat Theme https://userstyles.org/styles/156045/wedgedcs-drk Screenshots ED-Theme Dark Flat Theme Issues Report if you find any. - On the main page, on the right side of the "What's going on" box, I can't hide that blue image. Support If you enjoy the theme, feel free to buy me a cup of coffee. Ask on my PM for my PayPal acc :) (all donations will be used to buy modules and support DCS development). If Eagle Dynamics want, I can make a custom modern CSS for the forum based on this Stylish theme or something new. Hope you guys enjoy! Thanks!
  16. I'm sorry for the Hawk, but how can Flaming Cliffs 3 be such a disappointment? Yeah, lack of in game tutorials and all the standard campaigns are either boring or bugged (I'm looking at you F-15C Bear Trap Mission #2). But the aircrafts are very fun and easy to fly, in particular the F-15C and the Su-27 and 33. You can always learn through Youtube videos, asking questions on the forum and even joining a Virtual Flight group. Give them a second try! But, on to the topic, I have some honest recommendations for you: 1) Pick the F/A-18C. And until it's released, give a second try to learn Air-to-Air combat in either the F-15C or the Su-27/33. 2) You wan't an aircraft now with full clickable cockpit, don't pick the A-10C, pick the AV-8B N/A VTOL instead. People say it's very, very sexy and fun to fly. The A-10C is cool tho, don't get me wrong. But if I had to choose, I'd choose the AV-8B. I'd pick the F-5E or any other only as a secondary aircraft, but it's also a solid choice.
  17. Some newest modules purchased on Steam can't be activated on the Standalone version anymore. Plus, I don't want to discuss this matter any further to not deviate from my original post. It's a matter of preference and convenience.
  18. For real, I think this module should be removed from sale until VEAO fix the aircraft. OR VEAO should give away the module to ED or any other partner to fix the aircraft, and all future incoming from purchases go to their new owner.
  19. wouldn't the Super Hornet make the Hornet kinda obsolete in some ways? I think it would be cool but, unnecessary...? we know it was already difficult for ED to acquire the license for the Hornet, and for us simmers it's already a privilege. I would rather see different frames like the F-16C than a different/superior version of the same frame.
  20. can u be a little more specific on that, if possible? plans to unify the modules data base for the account? if I purchase the F/A-18C with the discount now I'll be able to activate it on my Steam account in the future? or any word on a Steam release with a discount for the F/A-18C similar to the pre-purchase? at least for the first 24hs?
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