Quote: "I still can't believe "Menu Editing" is next and "Talking Characters / Quest Givers" is 2nd. They should be below VR, lol. "
Not everyone has a good VR headset and not everyone wants to develop for VR.
VR is tons of work to get the tools and to get it right, it's a big task to maintain also, it asks a really fast 3D Engine until you only use very basic graphics, i am not sure GG is tailored for VR performance.
If VR was the priority you could forget all editor and graphics or tools improvments and you would be making Half Life 1 in VR lol
I'm a realist. Never been incorrect about my projections here either. The volumetric particle emission requests are ranked 40th on the list. While the list will be reconstructed and updated for new submissions I have my doubts it will make the top 5. Believe current rate of development is about 5 items a year."
This is expectations vs reality, you are expecting too much. I would like also GG having some features from the big ones, but this is not realistic.
Smaller 3D indie engines developped by 1 to 5 people will always be slower than ones developped by hundred people indeed.
I am impressed with the last updates GG is getting, you should be happy at least with what is worked on.
I follow GG progress because i like many things about it and i would like to use it for a commercial project, but i will wait for improvments in many areas, and i know it's useless i ask features that any users is aware already.
Why don't you have fun modding with Creation Kit or play with Unreal on another side project , while GG gets the features you would like ? This is the best way to get away any frustration and you could express your 3D artistic talents fully while coming back to GG when it gets what you need.
And i repeat that i strongly agree with you about particles system , this is something lot more essential to a 3D Engine than polishing graphics or AI, and it should be the next feature to come after AI improvments.