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  1. Government today issued a directive forbidding more than 2 people to meet (excluding families). Only going out for food, work, medicine and walking your dog is allowed. Max people in public transport is limited to the number of seats divided by two. I doubt this is realistic to enforce, especially in smaller towns and especially with public transport which has always been super crowded. All recreational areas are closed. This feels like they're in full panic mode regarding the healthcare system to deal with the issue. I fear shopping panic is going to be in full swing today. And here I am working from home, almost finished, talking to mates on discord already. It's surreal.
  2. Same here, it used to be "I hate going to the office" and now it's "wish I could go to the office". Tarkov became popular through Twitch streamers at the end of last year (Dr. Disrespect, Shroud etc). Not sure about the reported influx of IL-2 players. But definitely there is a lot of guys asking on reddit which version to buy so I guess people are getting into flight sims. No idea why, maybe it's the sales, western front stuff and some claim FS2020 got people hyped for virtual flying.
  3. Hope you all have a great time and stay safe. 17 people! Man that must be a sight to behold. Make some screenshots!
  4. It feels like forever and I've only been stuck at home for two weeks. It's not troublesome, just weird. Normally I'd work from home at least 2 days a week, but moving my butt to the office sort of made things a little more orderly. I'm generally a stay-at-home person, but what bugs me now is that the days blend so much, it's hard to keep a well regulated routine. On the flip side I can now game and do coding coursed to all my heart's content and... I feel more like reading books. I used to go out cycling in times like this, watch birds getting all crazy and currently it's when flocks of geese and cranes return and I'm missing all of it. At least I can see those crazy fliers do their thing from my window and there is also a surprising amount of squirrels moping around. So... I took all my gear off the shelf and went simming. And guys, I don't what is with the magic of flight sims, but while other games are nice and easy and accessible (well not all... Dark Souls and the lot), but with IL-2 I guess it's just treading familiar ground. It's relaxing and engaging at the same time. Here's what I'd like to discuss: How are you guys doing? I know it's tough in some countries, does a few hours of BoX a day help? A few mates I flew with yesterday mentioned there is a surge in players recently. What's up with that? Is IL-2 trending now? We getting into the Escape from Tarkov phenomenon territory or something? Any cool streamers on Twitch you'd recommend? I already subscribe to everyone I know of on YT. Any good advice to practice and improve in situational awareness? Asking for a friend here. 😄 Jason's new video on DM improvements blew my mind but also makes me concerned - less clip-wing kills seems good, but what about downing tougher planes when you're low on ammo? The Spit has terrible loiter capability because of not enough dakka. What do you think? We gonna have to aim better or rounds that don't do crits will have more of an impact? More seriously, this whole situation already takes a huge dump on the economy and it will get worse, do you think it can affect flight sims in any way? Lastly, a question for any local scientists and big brained people in general: how come we're in this crisis so deep in just a few months when the SARS epidemic seems to have been similar, but didn't spread in such manner. Is it the time of year, less travel restrictions, maybe the governments screwed up? I know this isn't really all that IL-2 focused, maybe it should be in a different department (mods please don't kill me), but the situation is... I don't know, just surreal and flying IL-2 so far has been the best coping therapy... Which makes it even more weird. It's gotten to a point when I'm literally scared to do shopping. This community has always been super-wholesome. I guess I just want to talk to you guys. 😷
  5. This is a minor thing, but for someone who is on and off flying this, it would really be helpful, to have the store indicate, if I own a given plane/campaign/expansion already. Sorry, but since I basically bought everything until now, except maybe Tanks, with more and more content coming out (and that's awesome!), due to lack of time to follow stuff, I really begin to question what I bought already and the store just says "new". It's a bit confusing. Like the P-38 is listed as 'new', but I guess I have it since BP premium and all, but do I? Honestly, I have trouble keeping track of things. Can we have stuff we already own marked as such?
  6. My thoughts are... Well, not really all that hyped. Maybe I just expected more (like seasons on maps), and definitely I will be able to enjoy the sim more, when there is actual missions and career. So far the Mustang sounds rub me the wrong way. Engine sounds weird and the .50 cals sound different than other planes that use them. Again weird. Not bad, just unfamiliar. Ground handling is obviously boss here, DCS has them baked, while here it's just... organic and feels right. The FM feels less gnarly than DCS and I feel it's a good thing, considering what I have read about the machine. Tempest is... cool I guess, don't know much about it. I missed the P-38. A friend pointed it out to me and I was so mad, too late now, need to go to sleep. Enjoy the sim, all you great people!
  7. Try to change the server in the Steam options. Also, go into downloads and just push IL-2 to the top to download.
  8. Najwyższa pora się nauczyć, mordo!
  9. Ok, so I get this is a game, but in a RL situation, the wingman's job is to cover the leader, not take opportunistic pot-shots at the lead's target. Normally, if a pilot did that IRL, they would get their ass chewed. Top Gun is sort of an example of this - there is a scene where this is made a big plot issue and results in Goose's death - Maverick should have kept his distance and chilled, instead of being so desperate to get points. It's made arbitrary by the fact that Ice gets in front and then does does not have good shot, yet insists on being a try-hard, but again he should be the lead in this case and Mav is supposed to cover his ass, not contest him. Or if Mav was the actual lead, Ice has no business going in front. Entitlement has nothing to do with it, it's just basic roles in a combat situation, you are supposed to do the job assigned to you, not hotshot for points, because that leads to dangerous situations that could cause the unnecessary loss lives. You know, like Goose dying? Cause there is no clear difference as to who is the lead and who the wingman, who should cover who and do what to avoid friendly fire or other dangerous stuff? Anyway, I get your point, this is a game and all, but if we consider the fact that it's not only about simulating just planes, but also tactics and proper flying techniques - whoever shoulder shoots is basically the try-hard here. It's almost like a 20 year old discussion at this point (because I've been flying for at least that long, yeah) that boils down to air-quake vs. pretend airforce mentality and I think nowadays it's just part of the folklore, hence why I referred to it when ranting about AI and not really being sure I dislike it, or embrace it, because it's AI bringing the online folklore to single-player. Great, isn't it? On the other hand, this is singleplayer we're talking about here, I shouldn't have to worry about my wingmen being noobs, who watched Top Gun one too many times. Exactly the reason I have mixed feelings about this, they steal my damn kills, yet they are so careful and gentle about it - not a scratch on my plane, it's almost as if it's a non-issue (asside from me not getting the bonus cash from Uncle Mustache).
  10. No, I'm not ranting about MP 1337 Hax00rz, I mostly (just mostly) play offline and the damn AI is stealing my kills! I honestly don't know, if I should feel pissed or impressed by how the AI models real people online (tee-hee). It's the same story over and over. It's like, here is me, in my badass Spit, tailing a 109, I shwack him with me hispanos, next up another 109, out of cannon so I pepper the bastard with peeshooters, wing snaps off, hell yeah, third dude gets the leftovers of my bean can and bleeds brown from all holes. Zero beans and chestnuts at this point, so off to base for glory, vodka and factory girls' bath water. The commissar says I only shot down one, and guess what, it's the dude who I only damaged. Oh yeah, them shoulder-shooting wingmen got my rubbles, blin! Jokes aside, I don't know how I feel about this, on the one hand, feels bad man, I did my part for Mother Usea, on the other, them sneaky bastards got some good aim not hitting me even once, which is more than I can say for the online experience. No idea, if I want this patched at some point or not. You guys ever feels something is very wrong with the game, but has become such a big part of it, you're not really sure, you want it fixed?
  11. Personally I hate War Thunder, simply because it's an online arena type of game. I guess when some friends almost forced me to play Falcon with them, I learned that the most important part (at least for me) in a sim, is actually being able to fly missions in something that gives you an impression of an actual military operation. I did some mental time travelling to the 90's, looked up old magazines I still have and what simulators were out then and what I played myself and why I even got into IL-2 in the first place. Let's face it, early sims were nothing but air shooters from a first person perspective with a cockpit view. Jane's was a super hype brand back then, but stuff like Navy Fighters, USAF, ISAF were close to Ace Combat, than DCS. I think the reason why everyone remembers this age as the glory days, was that there was a lot of titles with a vast scale of realism. Some people played Falcon and read manuals others just had fun in something like Dawn Patrol or Wings of Glory and there was no general consensus as to what was a true simulator and what wasn't. Hell, even Strike Commander was considered a sim by the reviewers from that time and I don't think anyone questioned it. And I grew up on games like this. The reason I got into serious sims like IL-2, was because there was nothing in-between. I simply had no choice. Same goes for jet sims. I found reading 500+ page manual a chore, but it was either that or no flying at all, and for some reason, the more I learned, the more I liked it. But if I was to teach a new person, even the basics of flying like a 109 in BOS, I wouldn't know where to begin. But to go back to WT, I think it's good that it's there and bad at the same time. Good, because anyone can get into it and bad because it's an online game that is based around scores and unlocking stuff, rather than playing a virtual pilot. Just to add some perspective too, I recently played through Ace Combat 7. The game has great single player, missions, story etc, brilliant graphics and awesome planes. But it's an arcade shooter first and foremost. That said, while combat is basically just shooting down hundreds of enemy planes with a press of a button, it's not really easy. Hell, I played through all of the series and 7 is by far the hardest of them all IMHO. The game actually does have some sprinkles of realism - you stall when doing too much Gs, your missiles are rear-aspect heaters, so you best fire them from behind and that actually forces a player to do a lot of manoeuvring, with most real life stuff kind of working. And there is also some sections where you have to show some precise flying (obligatory Ace Combat tunnel run and canyon run). Honestly, if the game was less about fighting large amounts of enemies and didn't have arsenals like 100 missiles per plane, this could actually work as something similar to those lighter sims of the 90's. Still, I think I have been spoiled, because I couln't enjoy myself like I used to with this series. Having played proper sims, there is something wrong with dogfigting in jets all the time. In BMS or DCS, it's like oh I got a bogey, I'll soft lock him and fire and AMRAAM, oh he is turning, probably shot at me and it went pitbull, do a split S fire the trash and look behind, all clear, good, reacquire and rinse and repeat. I can could probably count like 5 times I merged in any modern jet flight sim to actually have to dogfight and it's scary, cause nothing tells you there is a heater coming for your butt. Probably why I don't really play these anymore, you study the manuals, you can be good at operating the plane quite fast, if you have method of learning, but communication and situation awareness will make your brain melt. IL-2 is closer to Ace Combat, but with none of that fantasy crap, but I don't think you can enjoyably play it with realism turned down like a semi-arcade game - 1946 had more realism tuning options and I think was more accessible for that matter. Anyway, perhaps that is actually what would come in handy - more realism otpions with presets - arcade: simplified flight model, guns with unlimited ammo and basically working like lasers (I don't really like the aim assist circle); simcade: no CEM, easy ground handling, easier landings, some leniency for bullet drop and accuracy and AI that pretends to put up a fight but actually has a death wish and realism mode, which is what we all fly, because we're degenerates. 😄
  12. Quick update, just for knowledge sake. I did some testing. It appears to have nothing to do with rudder pedal. I think the problem started when they updated the game, so that it ids the controllers by their guid and assigns them as joy_0, joy_1 etc and then bases the control map around those definitions. This means that when you windows device order changes, IL-2 will still keep your bindings intact, but for some reason x and y axis cannot be assigned to toe brakes. I tested it by trying to assign joystick and throttle slew to it and it didn't work as well.
  13. It seems to be an old bug, because I remember having to do this... IDK more than a year ago, though it definitely worked at some point. I tested it today and I still cannot assign rudder axis for toe brakes. Good that remembered it and always do backups of joystick configs. I use the Saitek Combat Pros BTW. Still might be worth bringing this to devs' attention. Or at least have someone sticky the solution some place.
  14. Are your toe brakes working on other planes? Anyway, I think this is a bug that with some devices you cannot bind rudder axis in game. Go into your game folder \data\input In the following files you should find: current.actions rpc_wheel_brakes_left, joy2_axis_x, 0| rpc_wheel_brakes_right, joy2_axis_y, 0| current.map action("rpc_wheel_brakes_left_p","State","joy2_axis_x"); action("rpc_wheel_brakes_right_p","State","joy2_axis_y"); Where joy2 is the number of the rudder device in my case. So just try putting whatever number you have for your rudder (you can check that in the devices.txt in the same folder).
  15. I haven't read the whole thread yet, but this specifically caught my eye, as I feel it's worth addressing. Difficulty and time is something I don't think is that much of an issue. It's more of an issue for older people. When I was just student I had 3 months vacation, I had plenty of time for gaming and you can see this with younger folks even now - there have been some tough yet popular games lately. People play all those Souls games all the time, they 100% them and move to new game plus or something, that is a lot of time invested. But then again, all you need to enjoy those is a console and you can buy one for less than a HOTAS goes. Say you have time and even dedication to learn a flight sim - you need a beefy rig for that, but that is just a beginning. You can get a budget joystick, but man, the moment I got my Warthog, I realised that simming has a strong pay to win aspect to it and it's hardware. Air to air refuelling on a CH Hotas was super hard, switching to the Warthog it became a walk in the park. Then you have TrackIR, expensive too, but I can't imagine doing dogfights without it. And just to relate to BOx now, I honestly feel it's impossible to take off in some planes without rudder pedals. Just switching from Pro Saiteks to CH Rudder is an exercise in frustration when it come to the Mig-3. Getting used to headtracking took some time for me, but once I did, I realised I was basically blind without it - that is a big issue too. And add to that that sims are really expensive compared to other games, if you want a full on modern experience. Sure, you can play the old IL-2 or BMS, or stick to the free stuff in DCS but... my point is - unless you have solid job, a lot of this stuff is financially out of your reach. I was only able to get serious about flight sims, when I had a descent salary and it was going well for a time, since I was mostly working night shifts and things were slow, so I had time to read a lot of stuff and learn. But once I started moving up in the world, money no longer being that big of an issue, time suddenly became a huge problem. So to move this back to the question of "simcade', a game you could play with a budget rig, and entry level stick or even a pad, that wouldn't gimp you for not being able to look around with your head and that would be designed in a more traditional manner, say a single player campaign that gradually introduces stuff paired with a story to follow, that would be a good gateway into the world of hardcore sims. This here is gold what you say, because it's true. But I think it's also worth keeping in mind, that in them good old days, there was far less games coming out than now. If there is any merit to the short attention span today, it can only be chalked up to the fact that, every few weeks there is a new game coming out that is super hype and you need to play it and all the youtubers are playing it and telling you to play it etc. It's more a problem of the culture that is so focused on being part of what is currently popular and being part of the conversation rather than people getting bored with games quicker.
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