Everybody comes around to Orbx eventually, even me:) For someone who doesn't buy scenery, I own a few NZ-based Orbx products, everything except Milford, I think... (Since I only fly in NZ, I don't have a need for most of the beautiful airports being released these days, and I also don't like to look too closely at others' work -- just in case it destroys my confidence:)
Orbx has become the 'Apple' of flightsim scenery, moving from designing a product which people want to showing people what they really want next. For a while a lot of folk in a lot of markets went after that ideal market position, and Orbx is one of the few who accomplished it.
Who am I to complain with their market direction? Here's how it works so well:
Orbx -- 'Hey, the future of photoscenery is past, dead! Here's the way of the future really, Orbx landclass-based Regions!'
Fans -- 'Yeah, I hate photoscenery, always have, always will. Orbx is the only way!'
Orbx -- 'We're now working on Aerofly FS2, which is mainly photoscenery, so we may as well release everything for all the sims!'
Fans -- 'Wonderful, thanks for that,I've always maintained that photoscenery is the future!'
As I said, I'm a fan of their business, and they make great scenery. However what they try not to do is to release 'base' scenery which others can build on. So they can be a pain in the 'region' for other developers... So a NZ region using any method for any other sim would be a loooooong shot. But as has been pointed out here, they do change their direction enough to make anything possible.