Recently I've been trying to get a family member to try and buy arma2 OA.
one thing that really stood out was how many keypresses it takes to do basic things.
just getting 10 ai squad to mount 2 jackals was an exercise that took surprisingly long for someone new to the game.
i've grown so used to it that it is second nature, but it's really tricky for newcomers. So can you say barrier to entry!
not sure how a simplified interface would work, but i suggest that BIS could make the basics easier AND ALSO keep the advanced keypresses we have now.
also having at least 3 different menus doesn't simplify things either - space bar brings up one set of options, ` brings up others, middle mouse button brings others and i feel like i have missed a few.
again i've grown used to it, but it is tricky.
yes i know it is a simulation, but somehow i don't think getting a bunch of guys to split in 2 and board vehicles has ever seemed so complex.
giving orders is similarly overly complex without actually giving much control over the end result - just try telling your medic to heal you, and not one of your other injured ai, by using keypresses alone. or get your AI to rearm at an exact person.
how to solve it? am no ui expert, but there must be a way that makes it easier to pick up but keeps (and perhaps even adds more control to) the advanced key presses we have now.