Fifty Reader Submissions! That’s as many as five tens! And they help us immensely during slow news days! Today’s Reader Submission comes from Jorge S, who writes to us about the sim community’s priorities regarding Assetto Corsa, and the dismal state of the multiplayer portion that the userbase couldn’t care less about.
First, please excuse my English as it’s not very accurate. I’m from Spain, where your blog has some fans and often discusses your articles on our league’s forum.
In case you’re wondering, yes, it’s mine. It doesn’t have a single like or dislike (which I don’t care for), and doesn’t have any replies. All other comments are about graphics, Assetto Corsa versus rFactor 2 debates, and “my sim is better than your sim.”
If sim enthusiasts don’t care about multiplayer functionality, why should Kunos? Look, I’m a sim racer and I love Stock Car Extreme and rFactor 2. I like Assetto Corsa as well, but the online is pure garbage at this moment. I really wish all the faults will be fixed, but I don’t have any faith in it. I mean, if sim racers prefer new content, content they have to buy, and don’t even question or make any noise about lack of multiplayer functionality, then I don’t think Assetto Corsa’s multiplayer will ever be fixed.
You’ve placed the blame on the sim community for Assetto Corsa being, well, the way it is, and I’d say you’re correct. And over the past five or six years, I’ve noticed a definite change in the gaming industry, although it’s much more noticeable among sim racing due to most games being stuck in a constant work-in-progress state. Anyways, what ends up happening when you combine the two elements together is that developers push out half finished games, or games with serious issues, and there’s a huge influx of apologists downplaying bugs, or older gentlemen begging people to be happy with what they have because “the developers are people too and no product is perfect!”
With developers being much more active in online communities than they’ve ever been before, a lot of them fall back on the ass kissing fanboys after a hard day’s work, no matter how batshit absurd the fanboys’ claims may be, and then deem genuine criticisms towards their games as trolls with an irrational vendetta. This leads to scenarios where in a product like Assetto Corsa, the multiplayer side of the game simply isn’t being improved upon, and those who draw attention to it, well, they just have “unrealistic expectations from such a small studio” and the legion of ass kissers rush into battle.
To display what I mean, here’s what happened when an Assetto Corsa player ran into AI issues a few months back. Fanboys literally told the guy that he shouldn’t be taking an F1 car to an F1 track, and implied that it wasn’t necessary to have a full field of 24 cars on the starting grid, just to downplay what were serious AI issues. If this is how the fanboys bend over backwards to deny basic problems that should be fixed, no wonder nobody cares about asking for a better set of features.
If the new Star Wars film set to come out in a few months time was 38 minutes long and featured two dedicated advert breaks where you could get up and stretch your legs, I’m sure people would unanimously walk out in disgust and the film would be a commercial flop once news of this debacle spread. Yet, when this exact scenario plays out in the world of computer games, suddenly those who question why this is occurring are labelled as “entitled, spoiled brats“, and if you’re vocal enough on certain message boards about this whole deal, people just downvote you or throw ad hominem attacks in your face until you’re bullied out of the community.
So with an environment like this, you’re right to say Assetto Corsa’s multiplayer will never be improved. And this is a pretty hot topic in the PC sim community, but then masses get their hands on it next year for the Xbox One and Playstation 4, it will get extremely ugly considering people will compare it to Forza Motorsport 6 and wonder what the fuck they just bought.
Despite their flaws, there are four modern sims on the market that are still worth your time: DiRT Rally, RaceRoom Racing Experience, Stock Car Extreme, and rFactor 2. My biggest worry is that if the fanboyism you’ve described above, where people fight endlessly over which game is better or jerk off over fancy graphics, the quality of future titles will regress to the point where every title is as unfinished as Assetto Corsa, because simply asking for features available in games from a decade ago is seen as whining.