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Dr. Video Games 0031
Jul 16, 2004



Combat Pretzel posted:

Hmmm, really? I was just surprised, because when I went to the main menu, the sky and airport were relatively busy, when I hopped immediately back in, there were suddenly just only six other nametags.

Oh that's weird. I think there's probably other weirdness with the network code that can happen. It's definitely not pure instance based, judging by how I've heard other people describe the system and also my own experience in large group flights with streamers where everyone sees different people from the one big group.

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Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

Is there an auto setting for what regional server you connect to? It might be that it switched servers on you.

Kunabomber
Oct 1, 2002



Pillbug

Shogunner posted:

Watching reviews for the TWCS throttle and everyone's saying it's slide function is notchy / not smooth. Any of you having the same issue?

Hey I got the throttle and they're correct about that. The throttle slides along metal rails on matte plastic brackets and the friction makes it not so nice, the unit actually shifts a little when you're trying to get over the initial friction.

What I did was open it up and cover the plastic that touches the rails with smooth packing tape, after cleaning off the minimal amount of grease on the plastic. It was pretty easy, took me about 30 minutes and now it feels much nicer.

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

What kind of packing tape? Like a matte tape? Seems like glossy packing tape would be sticky too. I just put some grease on the rails and it's doing ok so far.

Anarcho-Commissar
May 22, 2002

"The means of production being the collective work of humanity, the product should be the collective property of the race. Individual appropriation is neither just nor serviceable. All belongs to all."
- Pyotr Kropotkin




DCS GOON MISSION SIGNUP
2020 October 17 @ 20:00 UTC
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...Ou6c/edit#gid=0

Operation Pic-a-nic Basket 2.0
A flight of Hueys is tasked with picking up a package in the LZ, supported by CAS flights in the area. Meanwhile, additional elements will perform SEAD on a nearby airbase to prevent the Rangers from responding. Ranger Smith and escorts must not reach the LZ.

Kunabomber
Oct 1, 2002



Pillbug

Cojawfee posted:

What kind of packing tape? Like a matte tape? Seems like glossy packing tape would be sticky too. I just put some grease on the rails and it's doing ok so far.

Just regular clear packing tape. The sticky part doesn't touch the rail

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

I mean the back part seems like it can have a lot of friction, but maybe not against metal.

Combat Pretzel
Jun 23, 2004

No, seriously... what kurds?!

Cojawfee posted:

Is there an auto setting for what regional server you connect to? It might be that it switched servers on you.
Yeah, there's an automatic option, which I've set to West Europe a while ago already.

--edit:
ATC-Pilot interaction isn't always consistent either.

EDDL ATC sends me to the runway via taxiways C-A, my virtual copilot confirms C-D-C-A-C-A instead and the route goes unnecessarily part over the runway.

Combat Pretzel fucked around with this message at 20:25 on Oct 11, 2020

Lord Stimperor
Jun 13, 2018

I'm a lovable meme.



Sagebrush posted:

God loving DAMMIT there is an entire chapter in the FAR just about special regulations in and around Grand Canyon National Park!!



I'm not gonna tell you what I did there but I was a naughty boy


Sagebrush posted:

Two possibilities:

1) Europe requires radios with 8.33KHz spacing, while the USA still uses 25KHz spacing. In the USA you can have 122.275 and 122.300 but nothing in between, and many radios don't even have the last digit (displaying them as 122.27 and 122.30). In Europe you will have 122.275, 122.280, 122.285, 122.290, and 122.300. It's possible that something is going wrong in the translation between US and European standards.

2) They just got the frequencies wrong. This seems more plausible because, as you can see, the 25KHz spacings coexist with the 8.33KHz spacings.

Random fun fact: the VHF radio frequency spectrum has been constantly divided down from the earliest days of aviation radio. It ranges from 118 to 137MHz and started out with 200KHz spacings (118.0, 118.2, 118.4...) then went to 100KHz in the 1940s to get more available channels. In the mid-50s they split again to 50KHz channels (118.15, 118.20) and then in 1972 split to 25KHz as we have today. Now Europe has split the 25KHz channels again into 4 parts and the USA is slowly moving that direction.

The only artifact of the old spacing is GUARD, which keeps 100KHz; there is nothing between 121.4 and 121.6 except for 121.5.

Thanks for the detailed insight. It can't be the frequency spacing I think; if you scroll through the Garmin menus, it lists the spacing as 8.3khz.

So I guess they really got the frequencies wrong. It's probably very banal and trivial but I can't help to wonder how that happened since I thought getting the frequencies in game was just a matter of scraping some public or licensed database. If i put on my detective cap, I could probably figure out some of the game's most uninteresting making-of/development trivia by finding the origin of these these errors. (I bet it's something lame like a problem with importing csv files from some vendor)

Shine
Feb 26, 2007

No Muscles For The Majority


Regarding VKB orders, I placed my order on 10/2, knowing that VKB HQ was closed for a Chinese holiday. They said they'd resume shipping on 10/12, and I just got the shipping notice today, with delivery scheduled for Wednesday.

I can't speak for their order backlog on entire joysticks, but yeah, there was no delay (aside from the holiday) in getting the KOSMOSIMA Gunfighter grip shipped.

Combat Pretzel
Jun 23, 2004

No, seriously... what kurds?!

Uh, so the mach bug on the 78X, does it break drag simulation? I've been going 320kn at 10500ft, then did a controlled dive to 1500ft because I wanted to see who was at a local airport, and then the plane coasted around 240-250kn at +/- 0FPM VS and it barely shed speed. I was controlling thrust manually, and engines were at idle.

--edit:
Right now I'm descending at 1400FPM, with 260kn, but according to the artificial horizon, I'm not even at -0.5° and the plane doesn't shed speed either with engines at idle.

Combat Pretzel fucked around with this message at 20:54 on Oct 11, 2020

i am kiss u now
Dec 26, 2005



College Slice

Combat Pretzel posted:

Uh, so the mach bug on the 78X, does it break drag simulation? I've been going 320kn at 10500ft, then did a controlled dive to 1500ft because I wanted to see who was at a local airport, and then the plane coasted around 240-250kn at +/- 0FPM VS and it barely shed speed. I was controlling thrust manually, and engines were at idle.

--edit:
Right now I'm descending at 1400FPM, with 260kn, but according to the artificial horizon, I'm not even at -0.5° and the plane doesn't shed speed either with engines at idle.

If you said that gravity was set to moon gravity and that all aircraft now had hello kitty interiors I would absolutely believe it because anything is possible with this horrible, horrible development team.

Sapozhnik
Jan 2, 2005



Nap Ghost

NEW FEATURES:
- Added train traffic to surface vehicles implementation
- Added special animation when lightning strikes a train

KNOWN ISSUES:
- Game crashes when lightning strikes a train
- Trains occasionally spawn on taxiways
- Too many visible trains may crash the game. Workaround: Play in ~10 mile IMC in order to constrain draw distance. A fix is targeted for the January 2021 feature release.
- Surface traffic configuration option is inoperable

Lord Stimperor
Jun 13, 2018

I'm a lovable meme.



Sapozhnik posted:

NEW FEATURES:
- Added train traffic to surface vehicles implementation
- Added special animation when lightning strikes a train

KNOWN ISSUES:
- Game crashes when lightning strikes a train
- Trains occasionally spawn on taxiways
- Too many visible trains may crash the game. Workaround: Play in ~10 mile IMC in order to constrain draw distance. A fix is targeted for the January 2021 feature release.
- Surface traffic configuration option is inoperable

Do these changes also affect the monorail or do I have to wait for the underground update for that?

sellouts
Apr 23, 2003



won’t someone please think of the monorail modeling team

FunOne
Aug 20, 2000
I am a slimey vat of concentrated stupidity



Fun Shoe

I noticed a new loading swirl on my last flight. That was before the camera glitched and I CTD'd before getting onto approach.

I wouldn't be surprised if development focus was on getting this done for the XBox before the Series X hits shelves. Or at least in time for Xmas.

skooma512
Feb 8, 2012

You couldn't grok my race car, but you dug the roadside blur.


sellouts posted:

won’t someone please think of the monorail modeling team

I'd tell you who it put on the map, but if I open the map the game crashes.

Steadiman
Jan 31, 2006

Hey...what kind of party is this? there's no booze and only one hooker!

silly sevens

I remember reading in the most recent patch notes that they changed something about when the lightning stuff gets triggered but, as a result, I now seem to have lightning and thunder on every flight. It's a super cool effect but on a clear blue sky with just a few cirrus clouds lazily drifting around, it's a bit much. Is anyone else experiencing the constant wrath of Thor? Or did I just anger the gods

Sapozhnik
Jan 2, 2005



Nap Ghost

KNOWN ISSUES:
- Travelling at speeds exceeding Mach 0.85 may cause ATC Center frequencies start repeatedly transmitting "LIBERATE TUTEME EX INFERNIS", followed by a loss of all in-game lighting and then an application crash.

Source4Leko
Jul 25, 2007



Dinosaur Gum

Steadiman posted:

I remember reading in the most recent patch notes that they changed something about when the lightning stuff gets triggered but, as a result, I now seem to have lightning and thunder on every flight. It's a super cool effect but on a clear blue sky with just a few cirrus clouds lazily drifting around, it's a bit much. Is anyone else experiencing the constant wrath of Thor? Or did I just anger the gods

Yea ive started seeing this even on almost entirely clear days at 35,000 feet.

sellouts
Apr 23, 2003



Steadiman posted:

I remember reading in the most recent patch notes that they changed something about when the lightning stuff gets triggered but, as a result, I now seem to have lightning and thunder on every flight. It's a super cool effect but on a clear blue sky with just a few cirrus clouds lazily drifting around, it's a bit much. Is anyone else experiencing the constant wrath of Thor? Or did I just anger the gods

Yep, me too.

Game is impossible to enjoy for me right now

skooma512
Feb 8, 2012

You couldn't grok my race car, but you dug the roadside blur.


I was on descent into the Kennedy Space Center shuttle landing strip in the Airbus I was trying to figure out how to set the ILS with my head down in the panels when the game abruptly ended saying I crashed into an object.


What object? I was still FL300 over the Gulf of Mexico and there are no midair collisions or bird strikes modeled.

Gonna load that flight again tonight and see if I can replicate it, but if it was another player or live traffic that I clobbered obviously I can't recreate that bit.

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

I don't know about AI, but you can not come in contact with other players.

Bedurndurn
Dec 4, 2008


You can't collide with any planes, player or AI. Which is good because neither of them are going to try to avoid hitting you.

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012





FunOne posted:

I wouldn't be surprised if development focus was on getting this done for the XBox before the Series X hits shelves. Or at least in time for Xmas.

it 1000% is

honestly i don't mind all the bugs with the autopilots and garmins since i like to fly the old poo poo anyway. but i want some more old poo poo planes please goddamn. where is my 737-200 and dhc-2 on floats

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

Give me a DC-3

Kilonum
Sep 30, 2002

Civil Aviation Socialist


Give me a Lockheed Constellation

canyoneer
Sep 13, 2005


I only have canyoneyes for you


My Z-axis twist on my extremely old Logitech EXTREME 3D PRO is very wiggly. Any ideas on how to fix it? I want to play Star Wars Squadrons like a pro.

Charles
May 9, 2004

zoom-zoom


Toilet Rascal

canyoneer posted:

My Z-axis twist on my extremely old Logitech EXTREME 3D PRO is very wiggly. Any ideas on how to fix it? I want to play Star Wars Squadrons like a pro.

Bigger deadzone and lower sensitivity maybe?

Royal W
Jun 20, 2008


Tonight I learned that using steam"s "verify file integrity" option to try and solve failed downloads from the japan pack is not a good thing to do. It nuked the entire install that the launcher pulled from Microsoft so I get to re-download the whole 100gb game again.
At least my data cap resets in two days...

lobsterminator
Oct 16, 2012






Cojawfee posted:

Give me a DC-3

Kilonum posted:

Give me a Lockheed Constellation

Just give me any steam gauge planes. Glass cockpits are the tool of the devil.

MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...


...And as they spoke, the monkey’s paw curled once more.

FORUMS USER 1135
Jan 14, 2004



canyoneer posted:

My Z-axis twist on my extremely old Logitech EXTREME 3D PRO is very wiggly. Any ideas on how to fix it? I want to play Star Wars Squadrons like a pro.

If SWS doesn't have a dead zone calibration, you can set it up using Joystick Gremlin and vJoy, then bind your actions in SWS to the virtual joystick. https://whitemagic.github.io/JoystickGremlin/ then the quickstart guide is here: https://whitemagic.github.io/Joysti...lin/quickstart/.

Amazon has the Logitech G Pro rudders on order for $168 (https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Pro.../dp/B07R21FJD8/) shipping at the end of this month.

vanisher
Jul 12, 2005



Fun Shoe

The CH Eclipse is back in stock at MyPilotStore
https://www.mypilotstore.com/mypilo...jogIkhLRnBSQyJ9

skooma512
Feb 8, 2012

You couldn't grok my race car, but you dug the roadside blur.


Patch is out

RELEASE NOTES 1.9.5.0
PLANES

The VFR map should no longer crash the title during a flight
Avionic screens or buttons in the cockpit should no longer be turned off randomly (ghost cockpit)
Crashes related to the use of the Smart cam have been fixed

AIRPORTS

Navblue navigation data has been updated

UI

Version history is now properly displayed in the Marketplace and Content manager

The multiple simultaneous downloads in the content manager are better handled to prevent crashes or freezes

The packages downloaded through the content manager should now be correctly loaded without requiring a reboot of the title

The airport icons in the world map have been slightly modified

AERODYNAMICS

Auto Pilot pitch oscillation has been reduced on some planes

ACTIVITY

Multiplayer has been deactivated in the Japan Discovery Flight

MARKETPLACE

Quality of life updates for the marketplace

WORLD

Autogen buildings height has been reviewed
TIN luminance (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, Yokohama)

vanisher
Jul 12, 2005



Fun Shoe

Steadiman posted:

I remember reading in the most recent patch notes that they changed something about when the lightning stuff gets triggered but, as a result, I now seem to have lightning and thunder on every flight. It's a super cool effect but on a clear blue sky with just a few cirrus clouds lazily drifting around, it's a bit much. Is anyone else experiencing the constant wrath of Thor? Or did I just anger the gods

I'm also getting a ton of lightning. I'm flying in the Bahamas/Florida and I figured it was just all the storm stuff happening.

Source4Leko
Jul 25, 2007



Dinosaur Gum

Cojawfee posted:

Give me a DC-3

Theres a downloadable one i found that has about half the cockpit gauges working.

Steadiman
Jan 31, 2006

Hey...what kind of party is this? there's no booze and only one hooker!

silly sevens

vanisher posted:

I'm also getting a ton of lightning. I'm flying in the Bahamas/Florida and I figured it was just all the storm stuff happening.
Honestly no idea what's causing it, it doesn't seem to always happen (and from the general vibe online not everybody is affected). It's certainly happening in weather that should not have thunderstorms though. Maybe they're simulating the end of the world.

Mandibular Fiasco
Oct 14, 2012


Sagebrush posted:

where is my 737-200 and dhc-2 on floats

Now you're talking. My Dad was a Captain on the 737-200 a long time ago and empty, these things were a rocket. Plus big bucket thrust reversers and a gravel kit meant you could get in to all sorts of places other jets couldn't get. I have half a dozen hours in the 737-200 simulator and was it ever fun to fly. (Of course, as a private pilot, being in a simulator of anything with that much power would be fun to fly!)

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slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

Good egg


skooma512 posted:

WORLD

Autogen buildings height has been reviewed
TIN luminance (Sendai, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Tokyo, Utsunomiya, Yokohama)
Did they do trees too? These giant trees make suburban areas look like the god drat jungle.

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