This is all you really need to know about the above interview:
"I was initially skeptical about joining this team, having never been a flight simulator fan."
Yeah apparently Joshua Howard's background is that he was the creator of "Ants" a free to play game on MSN Zone: http://www.antslegacy.com/history.php
I agree, we can see Microsoft's priorities for Flight by the qualifications/experience of the person they put in charge (it explains much), it's just too bad that he has such a bad anti "hardcore simmer" attitude which is a major segment of his customer base, maybe he got that dislike from dealing with the "hardcore Antsers" community when MS shut down the Ants game: http://zone.msn.com/en/general/article/genantschattranscript0904
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