I used to love this game. Lately, not so much... I came here by way of Airline Online, Frank Zimmermann's magnum opus, which was the best of them all and I was sorry to see it fly away.
Playing here used to be a good substitute for it. I've met some fine players here who, like me, have been around for a while, but lately it seems the game is attracting only players whose sole motivation is 'to win' at all costs, by any means possible - whether that's cheating by oversaturating every market they can, whether it's forming pacts (not alliances) behind the scenes with one or two other players to then 'gang up' on others like cheap thugs (yes, there are a lot of them!), whatever - the point is that those players should be supervised more closely and possibly be confined to games especially designed for them - where 'winning is all that matters' might actually be the sole object of the game. Could something like that ('Free for all, no rules') be arranged to get them all out of the regular games?
As for me (and I know I speak for a number of other longtime players here), it's the game that counts - from playing it fairly, trying to get to know co-players, all the way through the enjoyment of seeing your 'baby' grow or having to bail out and start over. If you happen to play well enough to win or be in the top 10 in a game, well, that's just the icing on the cake, not the be all, end all reason for being here.
(Steps off soapbox, exits stage right)