Consider this a sequel to yesterday’s Reader Submission from Ruben Galvez Lopez; I think I’ve found the most pathetic display of sim racing elitism – the exact kind of condescending, poisonous behavior Ruben claims may be tearing apart sim racing from the inside out.
In a Steam thread comparing Assetto Corsa and iRacing, user DogonCrook snaps and points out that the same handful of users within the forums appear to be involved in an endless argument about modern racing sims across multiple forum threads, with no clear end in sight. The guy is frustrated with the current environment of racing sim forums, as most discussions descend into wild fanboy arguments and accusations of certain members being alternate accounts of known trolls. Essentially, he’s tired of every discussion about a game’s flaws turning into an outright witch hunt.
User SeriousSpy responds by accusing DogonCrook of being a known troll under an alternate account, essentially displaying the exact behavior that many have grown frustrated with and proving that DogonCrook’s complaints about the sim community are legitimate.Crook fires back, upset that the most he’s done is jump into a thread telling people to stop arguing, and other members continuously accuse him of being another person. We’ve confirmed DogonCrook is indeed some random motherfucker on Steam and not who he’s accused of being. This quickly turns into a skirmish that lasts several pages, and confused at the bizarre display of behavior within a simple Assetto Corsa vs. iRacing debate, Crook summarizes the overall situation for us quite nicely:
Another user by the simple name of Jim offers a little support, recalling a time where Steam users accused him of being a Slightly Mad Studios staff member simply for stating Project CARS was a better overall game compared to Assetto Corsa, with much more to see and do – which is true. While Project CARS ships with a fair bit of bugs, glitches, and oddities that prevent people from doing much of anything within the title, Project CARS at least has a lot of different shit to do when it works.
- “It’s as if I hit up AT&T’s customer service line with a genuine complaint, and instead of being told to reset my router, the guys on the other end said YOU WORK FOR SPRINT! YOU’RE ON THE COMCAST FORUMS ALWAYS SAYING HE WAS CHARGED WRONG BUT COMCAST NEVER DOES THAT! HE’S FLAMING! I mean, how crazy is that?”
I’ve experienced similar scenarios regarding completely different games. When NASCAR The Game 2011 was first released and the game was a steaming pile of shit, many users vocal about how terrible the game was on the official forums were outright banned – even those who didn’t throw insults at others and wrote lengthy bug reports detailing the absurd things they were seeing during normal gameplay. When the 2013 version of the game was listed as Open Beta and the Steam forums encouraged discussion of what Eutechnyx could improve, again, users with genuine complaints such as myself were quickly silenced and deemed haters. As it stands right now on metacritic and with PRC.net’s own reviews, the haters didn’t have some irrational vendetta, but were simply telling the truth about the product.
And above is what happens when we published a 2500 word article on iRacing’s Street Stock Camaro. Instead of debate anything written in the article, such as the car’s aerodynamics or tire physics, the initial reaction from fanboys was to claim I’d been banned and had a crazy vendetta against iRacing. Of course, it was relatively easy to prove them wrong, but as a person simply engaging in a discussion like DogonCrook above, it’s strange to see kids you’ve raced against and know you weren’t actually banned completely happy with blatantly making shit up because you criticized their favorite game. That’s the norm, now.
This is now what video game message boards have become. There is no discussion, it’s an endless witch hunt. While this environment exists across all different types of genres, the effect of this is magnified when it comes to sim racing. These games basically require you to engage within the community to some extent in order to download mods, join online races, and find out about the future of the game since a whole lot of titles are shipping in unfinished – sorry – a state of ongoing development. And this means you’ll be exposed to what you see above.
Welcome to 2015, where a post like misterbeam’s comments about Assetto Corsa versus the isiMotor game engine will be seen as a personal attack to some, and warrant a barrage of comments saying how he’s out to ruin a company’s reputation.