I am currently investing a hell lot of time into creating a real 45 minute movie that doesnt simply do the "soldier running in slow motion" tricks but rather tells a real story with a real plot and characters. Unfortunately my ideas are a little restricted by the addons that are currenty available. When checking armedassault.info I regularly find new addons being released, which is great and shows the community is still willing to participate. But then again I find out, that there is a new sound mod, a new ArmA Launcher and maybe a new reskin and units of a national army, but thats about it.
I fully understand and respect that addon makers work on projects they enjoy most and they got every right to do so.
And I am also aware that criticising means being highly ignorant about the work that some people put into addons.
But then again I believe diversity is everything. OFP wasnt a game, it was a whole world on its own. There were no limitations to creativity, there was no idea that couldnt be put into practice. If you had a crazy mission idea, you simply had to surf for adequate addons and download them. But now I have the impression people focus too much on addons for simple Multiplayer missions, which usually means military units. Where are the unorthodox addons that resemble those that were made for OFP? Where are the extra buildings? the civillian ships, units and vehicules? Where are the addons that make ArmA so different for every other multiplayer game out there?
Have you ever tried to give life to a city with only military units being available? It wont work, it will feel just as sterile as Battlefield2. Maybe you will be able to create a challenging mission, but not one that tells a real story, makes him laugh or identifies himself with the character he plays.
So please dont understand this as criticism, I am the last to complain about work and diligence that is being put into Armed Assault. But dear addon makers, rest assured, even if you only create a combine harvester, there are people who download and use it, and not just for a couple of seconds.
If I would have more time on my hand I would definetly try to contribute a bit more, but unfortunately I am not able to do so. I put all my money into a new startup and by that of course risk my future career, so my free time is very limited. If you want to do some of us "more silent" players a favour go crazy with your addon ideas and we will definetly appreciate it! Thanks for your attention!