Today’s Reader Submission comes from Kurei, who’s attempting to explain why our URL has been silenced on at least one major driving game message board:
Long story short, found out about PRC after that one Empty Box video, been checking every now and then for the hilarity of the comments, as well as seeing “news” pop up there before other Sim Racing websites get to it – sometimes at least (Assetto Corsa coming to consoles, for example). Keep it up, the fact that people are getting upset and thinking over the stuff you guys bring up means something is working, and the longer it works, the more people will see the reality of things for themselves, and question whether something is wrong or right in the Sim Racing community.
Some of the stuff we publish might be new and fresh to the average reader just getting into the community surrounding driving games as a whole, but it appears that sometimes we’re actually late to the party, and issues surrounding RaceDepartment that we’ve brought up, such as the way earnings are divided or series are governed, are common knowledge among veterans. I kept myself at an arms length when writing for them because that’s how I roll, and greatly enjoyed my time in their Brazilian Stock Car series, but when the Assetto Corsa penalty scandal exploded, suddenly I had a group of guys being like “oh by the way…” – And the names landing in my inbox weren’t just scrubs wanting to incite a virtual riot via PretendRaceCars.net, but dudes who all had decent reputations among the community, some of them at the highest level of Sim Racing, and most of their stories aligned with one another. At that point it’s like “okay, let’s run the story.”
For example, I myself live in a city known for our NHL team’s dominance in the late 1980’s. There have been several rumors about how out of control the drug usage is among professional hockey players, spread by several different trustworthy buddies who have run into certain players on our roster at popular bars and nightclubs. I’ve been saying since we all turned eighteen and these stories started getting around that there’s a cocaine problem within the NHL, and five years later, oh look, this might actually be the case. So when it comes to reporting on touchy subjects within the driving game community, a few trustworthy sources who’s stories all align is often enough to hit the throttle on publishing something controversial.
It’s cool if you want to censor our URL, but be warned that an oddly large amount of people use PRC.net as an all-encompassing resource for driving games, and at some point you’re going to have to explain to that group why linking to us on certain forums isn’t allowed, and you’re going to have to explain it in a way that doesn’t make other users fly in a frenzy and compare you to a historical European leader. Once the firestorm is ignited, you’ll also have to handle these users in a way that doesn’t provoke other users to jump into the fray. Good luck!
We’re censored on RaceDepartment because yes, we posted some stuff where a Reader Submission drew attention to biased moderation and how earnings are shared amongst staff members, and it probably pissed a few people off. The fact that some commenters acted as if these issues are common knowledge to veterans of the community speaks volumes for the state of the website.
We’re censored on forums relating to Project CARS because we’ve drawn attention to numerous issues both within the game and with the immediate community surrounding it. Before the game’s launch, while hundreds of users would run around to every major driving game site to spread the gospel of pCars, we were the ones posting glitch videos and forum screenshots that indicated the game would be released in a less than stellar state. When the game was released and universally panned by people wondering what the fuck they just bought, we capped all their posts and posted a lengthy history of the game explaining why users were claiming it was the greatest racing sim ever despite hundreds of videos detailing glitches that hadn’t been fixed in over three years. When several patches failed to fix gamebreaking issues, we kept everybody updated on it while other sites bragged about how the soundtrack was available on iTunes. And when Ian Bell had several meltdowns within the game’s official forums, we were the only ones pointing out the sheer lunacy of it all.
I don’t think they took too kindly to being put on blast for shipping a broken game that appears to be nothing more than a marketing experiment, and wanted to ensure the final few remaining ass-kissers remained firmly in their grasp.
We’re censored on the iRacing forums because even if five of us sit down for an afternoon and all help write a 2,500 word essay on iRacing’s introductory oval racing vehicle, iRacing believes I have a strange vendetta against them and allows other users to run around spreading false information in an effort to discredit anything I attach my name to on the internet. They do not want people to catch wind of the fact that they charge several times more than the average PC game for interesting bugs, poorly-received updates, frustrated players, and server issues that shouldn’t be present in a game some people spend upwards of $800 on.
We’re censored on Reddit because the majority of r/SimRacing consists of both pCars and iRacing users.
I think that covers everything.