- 2nd United Combat Wing
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For a while now, most of the servers listed here on YSFHQ have operated using the 2015 version, making it the "official" version of choice for all of us. While that's been going on, though, airshows have been hosted using the 2012 version. This has led to a situation where anyone who wants to take part in all the sectors of our community has to go through the hassle of installing at least two separate versions of YS, complete with their own caches of mods. And frankly, speaking as someone who interacts with new players on a somewhat regular basis, I have to say that this is a fairly ridiculous dichotomy.
To cite an example: one of the main things that makes the Roblox aviation (and, let's be real, to a lesser extent, also DCS) community so frustrating to get into is not being "in the know", and having no idea of where to look to find other players and events. The size of our community, with our information being almost wholly concentrated here on YSFHQ, makes us relatively immune to this problem, but the unwritten knowledge that you need to install multiple versions of the game in order to take part is, in my estimation, a similarly irritating roadblock in its own way.
On top of that, if you ask me, the 2012 version is simply better for us to use in general: it's more efficient with framerates, has better use of camera views, and retains enough commonality with 2015 that a community-wide downgrade wouldn't be too jarring. The only issue I could see in a potential switch is having to adapt the various packs with aircraft whose dat files use lines that were added after 2012, and could cause errors. Other than that, I can't see much reason for us to maintain the YSFHQ status quo of using both at once.
I'm strongly considering switching the 2UCW server, including Friday Night Flights, to 2012 full-time by the end of this month, in an effort to try and put an end to this odd schism once and for all. Before that time comes, though, we need to discuss this issue all together. Should we stay, or should we go?
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2) 2015 has colored and multi-smoke point support
3) 2015 has fun post-stall maneuverability
4) a lot of maps released recently rely on 2015 features like textured terrain (see all of K2W's work)
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