Top 4 Things iRacing Fanboys Got Wrong When Trying to Shit on Us

Today we experienced a very large increase in site traffic due to Jere Seppala of GlacierTV linking our article detailing our surprise ban from the popular online racing sim, iRacing.com. Jere agreed with the majority of the article but could not understand the hostile reaction from 99% of iRacing members, who attempted to discredit the lengthy article just because it was me. Jere’s comments, hacked up from multiple posts to save space, can be viewed here:

jereJere backs up our original article on the Camaro stating that “street stock @ charlotte is a really bad combo”, and “[the] article is pretty accurate (tire model + rookie’s cancer mentality). Jere is a long-time iRacing member who contributes to the community in a big way by helping with broadcasting some of iRacing’s biggest leagues; he’d be the first to know what iRacing’s shortcomings are.

However, what followed were some pretty outlandish accusations and stories, turning the comments section of the article into a warzone between iRacing fanboys and PretendRaceCars.net readers. I personally don’t believe in moderation as it goes against the ideology of this site, so the best way to deal with all of these creative stories is to simply just confront the four most repeated comments with facts and get on with ourselves.

iRacingSim 2012-09-20 21-59-24-51#4 . Only five people visit PretendRaceCars.net

This isn’t something repeated by just iRacing fanboys, so it’s time to set the record straight. One commenter used a traffic estimation website to take an educated guess at the number of monthly viewers we receive. The site spit out a number of 9,600 views in the past month, and he was pretty certain that this number was accurate:

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Unfortunately for him, WordPress has a Sim City-like statistics screen that you can access at any time.

viewsAlright, onto the next one:

ayy#3 – PRC affiliated drivers were causing problems in the Rookie Series Races

We got a variety of comments of this sort, most of which claimed you were annoying people and spamming the chat. We ran almost 30 races over the past three weeks. Not once were we ever told to shut the fuck up, nor did anyone draw any attention to anything we’d type in the chat box aside from the regular banter, and the entire room, not just us, did their fair share of shit-talking.

Once we all realized iRacing’s Rookie Series was equivalent to the casual environment of Xbox Live, we adjusted our demeanor accordingly. In one race, some guy from Brooklyn described how he’d spent a few years in prison for stabbing a kid. Another race, some clown kept trying to poke his nose under me, totally fine with dog fighting for third place on lap four instead of running down the leaders and giving both of us a shot to win at the end of the race. Anytime I tried to physically force my car in front of his, followed by typing into chat “stay in line so we can catch the leaders”, I was called a fucking asshole and the dude threatened to report me for blocking.

Keep in mind that you can report people for swearing, in case you missed the irony.

As we encountered many of the same drivers, race after race, most made threats that they were going to intentionally wreck me, and as you can see in the shot above, one of them tried to move me, failed, tried again, succeeded, and then called me a bitch and blamed me for the accident despite his car clearly being on the apron in a spot where it shouldn’t be.

As we described in the original article:

[iRacing] surrounds [rookies] with other drivers who will cuss at you for shit that sometimes doesn’t even make sense and drive as if they were never given a chance to wheel mom’s sedan around the block.

My most sincere apologies to not taking iRacing as a super serious racing simulation when half of the room are childishly arguing with each other as if we’re on Xbox Live, and making all of my chat macros instructions on how to bake chocolate chip cookies. Grease the baking pan.

Any aggressive driving towards us was met with equally aggressive retaliation, but that’s to be expected when half the field can’t drive and the other half hates you because you’ve won the last five races.

iRacingSim64 2013-04-14 22-26-31-07#2 – James has a insane vendetta against iRacing

Not only did we post a dedicated article encouraging readers to take advantage of a promotional offer and try iRacing for free, we praised how the Street Stock drove at USA Speedway and that’s what prompted a group of us to create rookie-only accounts; so we could enjoy driving the car at our own pace. Additionally, in a review I wrote for RaceDepartment on iRacing back in the summer of 2013, I praised multiple aspects of the online racing simulation, from the sheer abundance of oval racing cars included, the photorealistic graphics that did not rely on any fancy post processing effects, to the unmatched online structure. Sure sounds like an insane vendetta.

How about when five of us sat down for an entire Sunday and collaborated on a 2500 word article breaking down both the positives and negatives of iRacing’s slowest oval racing car? Do these points sound like someone with an insane vendetta?

  • We openly advertised a promo code that would potentially bring more people into their sim.
  • We clearly stated our previous credentials that adequately backed up our opinions.
  • We explained, to our European readers, what a Street Stock is.
  • We praised the car’s handling at USA Speedway and admitted we enjoyed how the car drove.
  • We explained how to drive the car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

All five of us spent a solid chunk of the afternoon describing the negative experiences we had with the car, and putting those thoughts into written words:

  • We went into detail about how and why the draft model isn’t realistic, and why it affected the racing in a negative way.
  • We went into detail about the game’s tire model and how it affected the racing in a negative way.
  • We went into detail about the new adjustments made to the tire model, even noting the exact lap the tires exhibited odd behavior.
  • We conducted an experiment to see if turning off force feedback made you faster – and it did.

All of these screenshots directly correlated with what was talked about in the article, to back up some of our more absurd claims. For instance, here’s the “one-groove, can’t pass” racing we’re talking about:iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 15-26-36-64

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-28-58-73Here’s the guy I talked about wanting to dump me and report me for blocking for position 3 on lap 4. In fact, in the shot, you can actually see him trying to poke his nose under me as the leaders I mentioned pull away in front of us:

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-27-37-60Here’s the guy who lagged into Mike and wrecked himself:iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-27-10-00And here’s Mike dumping him after he slowed up and waited for Mike to come around again.

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-28-34-59And here are three stereotypical rookie series wrecks that we talked about several times throughout the article.iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-34-25-56

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iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-32-41-79And onto our last point…

iRacingSim64 2013-03-09 03-50-20-85#1 – James was perma-banned from iRacing years ago, and this ban was NOT because his article ripped on the physics, but because he was using a secondary account to evade a ban

Oh boy. B. Americano got the story right in the comments section, but I’ll tell my side of things.

Straight up, I did some artwork for a YouTube vlogger (you can still buy the shirts HERE) and ran the name she called her audience where you’re regularly supposed to put your surname on the Sprint Cup cars. Retarded paint schemes aren’t uncommon on iRacing, and I went a few weeks without anybody noticing. And when I say retarded paint schemes aren’t uncommon, here’s something I saw watching my buddy’s stream a while back.

1424541349583Anyways, the story goes that it was a late night race at Las Vegas in March of 2013 with a ton of high ranked drivers, most notably Bryon Daley and Ray Alfalla, who’s name you’ve probably heard at one point. Daley and Alfalla tangled with a few laps to go, and I won the race. As I was someone who primarily raced only the K&N Series car and had basically turned into the Frank Kimmel of iRacing, this was a pretty huge deal.

The next morning, I found out my account had been suspended for two months. A friend of mine linked me to Ray’s facebook page with a photo of the exact moment the two leaders got together. In the comments section, a handful of people agreed to protest me.

winThe reason I was given was “having an inappropriate paint scheme” – and here’s the thing – iRacing’s rules don’t state anything about inappropriate liveries, as you use a third party program that has no official ties with iRacing to download custom skins. If someone found the text across the roof offensive, they could simply delete my car file and I would show up as whatever livery I painted using iRacing’s in-game paint shop editor, with preset bases and sponsor configurations all pre-approved by iRacing. The program itself discourages adult and/or offensive car liveries, yet does not outright disallow them. A report function is included within the program, but had never been used on any of my cars, including some of the more obnoxious ones:

GBJIn short, I was parked for something iRacing can’t actually park you for, because a few people they liked complained. And this is where the story differs. iRacing fanboys believe I was permanently banned for a multitude of reasons in March of 2013, never to return.

Here’s me winning at Texas in April of 2013:

iRacingSim64 2013-04-14 22-29-35-55Here’s Timmy Hill spinning in front of me a few weeks later, complete with my special Talladega livery:

iRacingSim64 2013-05-02 21-03-40-02Here’s me testing out the brand new Super Late Model during the first ever official SLM race at New Smyrna, in February of 2014:

iRacingSim64 2014-01-27 23-04-05-15Here’s me making a rare start in the NASCAR Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge Series, also in early 2014.

iRacingSim64 2014-02-16 13-13-13-69Oh, and here’s a GT3 video I made where half the field wrecks during the first lap, uploaded on March 1st, 2015.

I was never permanently banned, and only raced sporadically over the past two years simply due to the fact that better games have come along. Assetto Corsa came out in late 2013 and took the world by storm, I got big into organized rFactor racing during the summer of 2014, which carried into the winter and eventually transferred over to Game Stock Car Extreme.

There was no ban being evaded, because I wasn’t banned in the first place. Both myself and several PRC affiliated drivers were able to run 25+ races over the span of three weeks on an alternate account with zero issues. In fact, Chris of PRC had even contacted iRacing support to get his in-game name changed, removing the 2 at the end of his surname and replacing it with his middle initial – indicating iRacing knew full well what we were doing and didn’t have a problem with it.

Yet, within two hours of a lengthy article popping up on the iRacing forums that implied the expensive racing sim was anything but perfect, I’m suspiciously receiving a 403 error and getting notified that my account has been suspended, with no email indicating what exactly happened. Hmm…

Seems fishy, considering the last time I wrote a lengthy article on iRacing breaking down the entire game, listing it’s positives and negatives, Tony Gardner tried to get me kicked off the staff of the website I was writing for:

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I guess Dale Jr has a crazy vendetta, too?

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And finally, to answer some Finnish guy’s question of when the new thread about the article would get removed:

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It was removed shortly after this post, so twelve hours:

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25 thoughts on “Top 4 Things iRacing Fanboys Got Wrong When Trying to Shit on Us

  1. I dunno much about iracing, this website, and what’s going on.. i visit it because of trolls. 🙂 ..but to be honest, you can’t even find it on google!
    I’m here because sometime it has been linked on this or that other forum.
    I think you’re trying to get traffic with bad talking (no matter the subject), but this won’t work today.. you need back-linking to get traffic, and none is going to link your articles if they are written by “amateurs”, you need better contents, or it will remain just a blog… this: “I hate everyone” works for a week, but then ppl will get bored and moves on.
    My2 cents.

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    1. Where else can you get unbiased opinions on sim racing that are actually fun and interesting to read? because this is the first and only one I’ve found that I visit on a daily basis, I actually like how the site is simple and “just a blog” it’s quite refreshing to see as these days, most sites are cluttered with unnecessary shit, not to mention these comment sections are always a laugh and not really moderated which is a rare thing these days, especially in the sim racing forum world, where you always tend to have nazi mods jumping in on a bit of banter.

      But this is just my mere opinion against yours, except i’m not giving out “muh website advice” telling the writers what their site needs to stop “ppl getting bored”

      meh.

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      1. This is not accurate, and it’s far to give biased opinions and intelligent contents.

        All the articles I read here (today it’s about iRacing, yesterday it was about pcars, and so on..) shows only one point of view, they tells only part of the story: the sentences, the posts, are filtered and arranged trying give to the reader a story that is far to be “biased”: it’s distorted.

        It’s really not different from the other websites: they are a cove of “fanboys”, here is a cove of “haters”… both are not giving to the reader a biased opinion, and the intelligent user moves away (it could be fun for a month, but then it becomes cloying).

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      2. At least James sources his stories. Thats the big thing that keeps me coming back – he backs up his more preposterous claims with proof.

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  2. I see, but having people (like me) who comments the posts won’t lead anywhere.. we’ll be here, the same users, posting the same crap over and over again.. until we’ll get bored. It’s not different than any other random blog out there. There’s not enough traffic, you need to mix the “hate” with some good information if you want to survive.. otherwise this blog will never have traffic (the numbers from your stats doesn’t mean anything).

    PS: you don’t need to convince me.. i’m already here coz I have free time, you need to convince the mass… and so far you failed.

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    1. Uh huh, so the article about severin autoschmidt, going from formula 3 to sim racing… That was a hate piece too?
      Or the reader submission a few days ago about the slow backmarker…
      And all the race reports from the GSCE Brazil stock cars, complete with setups, I guess those are hate pieces too.
      Maybe if you tried actually reading a few articles, instead of just commenting on the few youre linked to, you’ll see why people actually like this site.

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    2. I get some great tips here for GSCE setups, learned about Cheat Hacks. Read Dude and you will be surprised how much valuable info there is here.
      Keep up the good work PRC crew

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  3. “iRacing is a large proponent of sim racing forums” – At their own forums maybe, But in my experience, I’ve actually seen more of the opposite, smaller sub-forum sections and usually lower activity, with other games like rFactor/LFS & CodeMasters games taking bigger chunks of space and activity.

    Was quite funny reading through that last article though, going from 5-6 comments to 50+, the best part is, no matter how hard they try to bring PRC down, the truth still stays the truth, regardless of how they try to spin-it – still no formal explanation for the ban, still no proof from the iRacing die-hards, and so on and so forth.

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  4. FYI I’m not involved in GlacierTV in anyway, I am just driver for GlacierRacing. Other than that, really interesting to read. Fanboys vs Haters, who’s gonna win? 😀

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  5. Figured I’d give some feedback since I’m here anyways.

    Can you please put “more tags” in your posts? Navigating the blog’s homepage is a pain for anything other than the latest article as you have to scroll for ages (especially if the top articles have a lot of content).

    In WordPress this is simple, add after the first paragraph.

    Keep pushing content out there, I’ll keep reading, but please make this change so that it’s easier to get to older content 🙂

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  6. iRacing should really really really get their shit together and stop censoring shit. They seem to wanna appeal to the wrong crowd – making series fixed because some morons think setup somehow makes others aliens etc. I’ve really come tired of it and don’t like racing there that much anymore. Especially AC makes much more sense physics wise.

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