People are getting too damn picky, plain and simple.
I love MiG Alley. I hate F/A-18. But...
Go look at Aces Over Europe, Falcon 3.0, USNF or Jet Fighter II. If you can honestly look at all of those (all considered amazing in their time) and say today's sims "suck," you're either nuts, you don't remember yesterday's sims, or you're just looking for things to complain about.
Are all the new sims perfect? Of course not! But let's be glad there are still so many to pick from! In the course of one year, I have been able to buy sims of prop planes, brand new jet fighters and even early 1950s aircraft! It may not always be this way, especially if every company that takes a chance on a new sim gets nothing but complaints, "demands" and hate mail!
I have purchased many sims in the past 12 months. Some of them sit in the box and some of them I fly every day, weeks or months after installing them. Some of them ran perfectly out of the box and others never ran at all.
There's nothing wrong with expressing our likes and dislikes about new sims; after all, it may help software desginers make better sims.
But I don't understand this bitterness, for lack of a better word, which seems to be creeping through the forums lately. I think people expect perfection these days, in every area of their lives, whether it be their jobs, their relationships, or even their hobbies.
I like EAW, maybe you don't. You love Falcon 4.0 and I never got into it; so what?
I'm just glad they were both released and (hopefully) sold well enough to convince Microprose to spend time and money developing more realistic combat flight sims.
If not, we'll soon have very little to complain about, as well as very little to enjoy!