Posts Tagged ‘laminar research’

X-Plane 11 demo out now, game due this year

I didn’t even realise X-Plane 11 [official site] was in-development, though of course it is. The flight simulator series is the only real competitor to Microsoft Flight Simulator, with its own approach to physics modelling, and X-Plane 10 was my pick when I wanted to take a skyward jaunt. The new game is due before the end of the year and now there’s a demo out that you can download now and a trailer showing some of the features below.

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Have You Played… X-Plane?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I enjoy flight simulators, but I admit I lack the patience for learning the exact purpose of each cockpit switch or the correct terminology for actual air traffic interactions. I’m in it for the sightseeing and the occasional drama, and X-Plane [official site] offers both.

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Now Patent Uglies Uniloc Want To Bumgarden X-Plane

reverse metaphor

Software firm/patent-squatters Uniloc have long been making life miserable for any firm they reckon they can wrestle a buck out of, but made perhaps their biggest headlines when they targeted Minecraft recently, employing one Barry J. Bumgardner as their hilariously-named legal bully. Hopefully Mojang’s hard-won resistance to twattastic patent claims – Uniloc’s being that it owns concepts concerning online software license checks – means they’ll be able to stand firm against this ‘IP incubation lab’, but in the meantime the rotters are plotting to give venerable flight sim series X-Plane a right old bumgardening too.
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