Man, can we stop with the nerfs?
The CEO of STARDOCK uses sensor stacking, the lead developer uses SENSOR stacking. Its a feature not a bug. I never ever will get why someone will call for nerfs to a solo player game.
Well, for one thing it's a multiplayer game too. But even if it was SP only, I wouldn't agree.
People like games to be balanced. When one option is overwhelmingly better than others (like in this case, one sensor barge is way better than 5+ tiny scouts) picking other options is just silly. I don't doubt most people use sensor stacking - it feels dumb not to when the option is there; that doesn't make it a good mechanic.
In this case, we're talking about a 4X game; eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate. Generally in that order. The current sensor mechanics render that exploration stage moot for all but the larger maps. It hurts gameplay by taking away what I would expect to be a game mechanic - choosing where to scout, how many scouts to build, etc.
Let's say it was another feature: Let's say Kinetics did 20x the damage of beams, cost half the price, and had the same mass requirement. At the high end, Kinetic would do so much damage that 1 weapon is enough to 1-shot a Medium ship. Is that a problem?
I think it would be. It would eclipse beams - and what if I like beams? Well tough luck.
Most people who see that situation would say 'eh, super kinetics are fun, but we really should keep the different game options in line with eachother'. So, either buff up all other weapons (this brings its own problems) or nerf kinetics. Such is life.
How I play the game (which I LOVE sensor stacking) is not hurting you in anyway. You play without them fine. Make yourself a mod and have it be a unique ship part that way you can only equip one. Case closed.
It's really not increasing my enjoyment of the game, and I (and a lot of people, actually) think less powerful sensor stacking would be more fun.
And once it's changed, it won't have to hurt you. You don't even need a mod! Just open the console and type 'fow'. You clearly don't like having to deal with the Fog of War anyway. I don't see why anyone would have a problem with using a console command in a solo game, after all.
Shouldn't the FoW just be off by default? It's mostly annoying.
See... I think if you can understand why the FoW shouldn't just be off automatically, you're 90% there to understanding why people don't like sensor barges.