When I started this newspaper blog last week I did so during the greatest SL temper tantrum since Warships started appearing in the Blake Sea.
The issue of downloaded aircraft has been a hot topic since the first mesh aircraft began hitting the market place and recently it spiked due to an alliance of airport owners and builders issuing ,what has been described as, a blockade against proven downloaded aircraft, disallowing the vendors at certain airfields or even banning the aircraft from landing altogether.
This has sparked a massive backlash and the man who lead the campaign, Tank Kwaszes, finds himself one of the most hated men in the community.
Something I found rather ironic since the same people who lead the campaign against him, once stood shoulder to shoulder alongside the currently secretly publicly hiding Jewels Silverbade and her husband Jayson in condemning Aeon Voom and his company AMOK for allegedly using assets downloaded from Turbosquid in their mesh Helicopters and tanks. That was later proven to be a false claim, yet for years, even as the various AMOK builders proved otherwise, “Aeon Downloads to make Money” was preached as Factual and anyone who disagree was shrugged off as being part of some monopoly against true, honest builders.
Now the opposite seems to be occurring, the rather desperate sounding protest rallies from the anti-blockade camp call for honest, true builders to stop trying to form a monopoly and allow people to download and steal whatever they want without consequence and be expected an equal share of the market.
And for the longest time I couldn’t understand why anyone would support this.
I originally assumed thus was because of the.some basic argument put forward by Dogs on the Run last year “but it’s a nice plane and I want it, why can’t I have it?” Which is what young children say when they are caught stealing.
But it seems its a little more in depth.
The reason this bizarre and pointless protest has any ground to stand on is pure and deliberate miss-information. talking about the protest or even the products that are banned is forbidden in the SL Aviation channel, something I feel is wrong, and it has allowed the anti embargo camp to use the Orwellian excuse of censorship and persecution to control what the public knows about the situation. This allowed them to paint a completely fictitious picture of the aviation community and the dark evil masterminds that are coming to control what you spend your money on.
So until recently the Pro camp hasn’t yet had a chance to publicly address peoples concerns specifying why they can’t fly certain planes, specifically Dani_Weapon planes. Since no-one cares about E-tech who’s planes use freebie example scripts or Fastronics who’s Huey is the first result in Google when you type “free 3d Huey Model” or even Aneta Babii who’s perfectly obvious downloads from HAWX models uses the same scripts as E-tech. Nope it’s all about Dani.
It’s almost odd how Airports, Aviation groups and even RP Charter Airlines have all came out in support, not of Anti-Blockade, but in support of Dani Weapons. Now his display models are everywhere, as is his Logo, his group has doubled in size and entire airports have been constructed (always often towering over Pro-Blockade airports) as “Dani Ports” with the usual cavalcade of Dance Parties, Sploders and bots designed to increase traffic, while his fans pour fourth into Alcoholic Anonymous style meetings where they cry a bit, get angry and try to convince themselves that they are doing this “for the community”.
No such attention or affection is attended to E-Tech or Aneta yet we are told, and expected to believe, that this is most defiantly not a Marketing Ploy, absolutely not, the other creators effected by this blockade are equally as important, just Dani sells the planes we like and we’re not allowed to use them anymore and that makes you a bad person.
Not that it’s all about people not being allowed to use their favorite toy because it’s stolen and deliberately inflating a rather dull topic to migraine enduing political levels for purely selfish means, it’s not that at all, it’s all about the community. Promise.
The arguments for the blockade are ,in comparison, very concrete if a little scary. Regions such as Jeogeot and the Blake sea as well as aviation groups such as Flying Tigers and DOR are all supported by true builders who put the lions share of the money they make back into the community to support Aviation community projects. When you buy an aircraft from a true builder you are directly supporting the community and projects they invest in, even if its rental for their vendor its still supporting an airport.
Your also supporting , and encouraging, new builders to get into the scene.
By supporting people who download we encourage the concept to people who care only about money who support nothing and can afford to undercut the competition and push products onto the market as fast as they can Google search. In turn this leads to a loss of true builders as old ones feel they can no longer afford to spend time on products which sell poorly and the various projects they support start to die off leaving the downloaders with a true monopoly meaning they can finally push up those prices and if there is no competition then why bother including those extra paint jobs when the ones included in the download will do just nicely, why bother filling in an interior when the download didn’t in include one, why bother making working landing gear when its easier just to aloha them out etc etc.
What we end up with eventually, as the current protesters feared back in 2010, is an aviation community that is forced to use inferior, expensive products sold by people who are simply out to make as much money as possible. Where new and upcoming builders and forced out of the market by people who are free to rip their mesh and resell it at a reduced cost.
This scenario ,aptly called the Walmart Scenario, seems a little far fetched and many would consider it a laughable concept, but think of it in a different way.
If you spent a full year of your life coding yourself an App, stuck it out on the market and Apple came along and said “nice App” then made a perfect 100% copy, stuck it on the market at a lower cost and made themselves a small fortune while you received nothing, would you be angry? Would you consider that theft? or would you shrug and say “well I guess if people like it then it’s ok”