Maybe we’re looking for leadership in the wrong places during these tough economic times. While politicians pound the pulpit and blather on about job creation, few of them are able to actually get anything done, regardless of party affiliation. On the other hand, a new report claims that one company is singlehandedly creating a crapload (approximately) of jobs and revenue. That company is Facebook. Is a Mark Zuckerberg 2012 campaign around the corner?
Even as the economy picks up, it's a toucgh tech market out there, especially as company's look to trim staff and their IT budgets. What's a geek to do?
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Microsoft has begun executing its recently announced job-cutting plan. Last week, during its earning call, the software giant had announced that it is going to lay off around 5,000 employees. The axe has fallen straight on ACES Studio, the developer of the Flight Simulator franchise.
It has now been confirmed that the studio has been closed and nearly all of its employees relieved from their duties. A spokesperson for the company didn’t rule out flight games in the future, but didn’t make any revelations with regards to the fate of the Fight Simulator franchise.
The Flight Simulator franchise was an avant-garde game when it debuted in 1982 and has remained successful hitherto. If this is indeed the end of the runway for Flight Simulator, as it appears from the circumstantial evidence, an era has truly ended.