ISI releases new content for North American rFactor 2 fans, nobody cares

rf2During the past few days, Image Space Incorporated have been hard at work pushing out both new content and updates to existing content within rFactor 2, attempting to flesh out the hardcore racing simulator with a selection of cars and tracks that are intended to appeal primarily to the North American Audience. ISI’s fictional version of Darlington Raceway has received a small update, but the big news is the compete revitalization of Joesville Speedway. What was once a track nestled comfortably within a small mountain range is now a lovechild between Stafford Motor Speedway and South Boston Speedway, ISI now listing the track’s location as somewhere in Florida.

Unfortunately, despite the addition of two oval tracks that take a fair bit of skill to drive, nobody seems to care.

stock carsThis screenshot of the online server browser was taken at 10PM EST (so twenty minutes ago), directly in the middle of prime time for North American rFactor 2 users. East Coast rFactor 2 players have just under an hour before their evening news comes on, while California residents sat down at their PC’s about an hour ago. It’s a Tuesday night, and there’s nothing for your average American sim racer to do aside from play video games. You’d think our resident rFactor 2 NASCAR fans would jump on for some laps, right?

Nope.

There is basically nobody online period, and the brand new content released a few days ago, such as Joesville or Brookdale, can’t even be found on the server browser. The lone Stock Car server has the session configured to run Daytona, and even though restrictor plate tracks routinely producing highly exciting online races regardless of the field’s combined skill level, the room is a ghost town.

The 2015 Stock Car add-on for rFactor 2 was highly anticipated in the months leading up to its release. Not even a month later, interest has completely evaporated, while sim racers from all over the globe celebrate another successful message board witch hunt instead.

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49 thoughts on “ISI releases new content for North American rFactor 2 fans, nobody cares

  1. I seriously doubt the Reddit admins banned you because you were criticized AC or another sim, mate. You were probably banned for constantly posting links to your blog, and you should probably actually read the comments on that thread, most aren’t in favour of you being banned.

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    1. Reddit has a 9-1 policy regarding self-promotion, which James failed to comply. (His other posts than shilling for here was posting in a subreddit about BPD… which confirms that James is a literal autist). He was also reported 2 months ago (as of posting) to /r/spam.

      Where he would go now? Voat doesn’t care about simracing because of /pol/acks and fattie witch-hunters polluting the place, while 8chan’s simracing community is very small.

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      1. Are we seriously at the point where we’re so frustrated at a journalist for telling it like it is, we start going through his reddit account and laughing at him for being on a support group?

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      2. lol at u. U say James is an autist and yet all that u prove that sim racing community is kind of intolerance shit. All this post in blog is nothing else but normal critique, and whenether James right or wrong ppl like u look like a douche

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    2. It’s the same reason of why this website has been banned from every other forum, they desperately tried to collect more viewers, because let’s be true: it’s always the same users posting here (including me) despite the sensationalist claims (unless someone really believes there’s 500,000 users reading this website… 🙂 ).
      Self promoting is OK imo… but spamming a website in every damn post with an “excuse” is going to be annoying.

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  2. It Sucks, for all the piss taking ive done to yanks over nascar,Ive been enjoying the stock cars alot,I thought my time zone (NZ) was why none around playing but guess not,at least with this title can actually race ai, the stock cars on road circuits is fucking sick,ancient car with modern materials basically.

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    1. Idk man the Oval AI just isn’t cutting it for me, maybe I need to run longer races so I have to be more gentle on my tyres, but if you can blast by them really easily and just hang out and rest for race, then I would rather run more shorter races . What settings are you running?

      The MP side is more active than it was in 2014, but lots of locked servers and modded content. If they can get it to continue growing slowly (or quickly with steam), then non-league MP may become a real day-to-day option.

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      1. I have to crank ai up to 100 sometimes over, compared to 98ish on most other cars I play, limiter at 0 and ai aggression at 25 although tempted to crank this up, yeah AI not as good as on roads, but Im fairly new to oval finer points, so could be missing a lot of the bad stuff, just something different, but I certainly see oval is far more fun on MP, where as I find the gap on road races between ai and human not as big.

        But yeah for me circuit racing with these bad boys is awesome, feels really good and unique, no idea why NASCAR dont do more circuits, not like they havnt got them.

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      2. Ah okay, I need to work with it more then. I don’t really know what the fuck I’m doing with oval either.

        I haven’t tried circuits with them yet, sounds like good fun.

        No idea what NACAR’s problem is with circuits or what the hell they’re doing in general. I would certainly be more interested in NASCAR if they had more circuit races.

        ‘gonna drive fayst and tuern leaAAft’ is their argument against circuits, I suppose…

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  3. I brought rFactor 2 at launch, and got 18 months of an online subscription. Online was completely dead before my subscription ran out so I didn’t renew, and I assume most people didn’t either. Charging a subscription for a server browser and access to third-party servers is ridiculous, worse than charging for DLC. ISI did this to themselves.

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    1. A dollar a month is hardly braking the bank. Online leagues are very very populated, over subscribed with waiting lists and reserve drivers on some of the more “pro” simracing communities. But I have to admit, if you just want to jump on the lobby and find a pick up race or 2 with more than a handful of racers, your going to be disappointed.

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      1. I do wonder if they will drop that licence thing when the steam launch happens. I never thought it was the best, but leagues seem to do very well online.
        Pickup racing for me is dead in all the sims I go on. iRacing is one massive big league setup, and that really is one I can’t afford to use. So the only choice I have is to get into leagues. Sure as heck that’s worked out better in rF2 than AC for me.

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      2. It doesn’t fucking matter, people won’t pay for something they don’t use, and they won’t use it if people aren’t paying. You’ve put a huge real world barrier up around your online mode in a world where developers are trying to remove them and get as many people to move from offline to online as possible.

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  4. The way I see it is, you pay your 12 dollars a year sub’s and get free updates and dlc for the lifetime of the title. Pay lifetime membership and you get the same minus the yearly sub’s. Don’t pay the 12 dollars a year and you STILL get free auto updates and free dlc for its lifetime. Put that in perspective to 2 or 3 dlc packs for Ac or pCars per year… Gonna cost you more than 12 bucks and let’s face it you have to buy the dlc to go online because as soon as something new comes out, all the servers have the content hosted. This was the same with race 07/gtr evo. If you didn’t pay for the many dlc packs you couldn’t get an online race. Personally I think the 12 dollars is cheap…. But I can totally see why someone thinking about renewing his online sub’s would be hesitant when looking at the lobby. Its only really worth it if you are involved in league racing and its a lot less layout than iracing.

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    1. You do not need to buy DLC for pCARS to play it online if host forces DLC car. You get to play it for FREE. You only need to buy it to be able to select it by yourself or play it offline. Same goes for DLC tracks. Pretty neat way to let people try DLC before buying, isn’t it?

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      1. That is pretty cool. I would like to see everyone else follow their lead on this. Solves a lot of problems with a simple solution.

        Though, to be honest, it may just be a bug in pcars that allows it to work unintentionally, haha.

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  5. Worry not James, Reddit did its work and got this off the ground. All it´s good for is for spamming its huge userbase.

    You´ll see your hit rate slow down a fair bit now but think how many hits it got you and how many readers it got here.

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  6. I woulnd’t say nobody cares because of few people on public servers, that are almost dead since a lot ago. I’d love to see public servers full in rf2…but the reality is that you would only see this in league’s servers where the sim really is a success.

    Maybe the launch in steam reverses this situation but i’m not specially optimist about this.

    PS: my english sucks, i know.

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  7. Pickup races were a thing 10+ years ago during the Papyrus days. There was SOME of it during the rFactor days, especially with the VHR mods, as flawed as they were.

    rF2 public racing has been a massive disappointment from very early on and I don’t see any signs of it ever picking up strength. Everyone just “knows” that rF2 is supposed to be for league racing.

    That means rF2 doesn’t see much time on my screen, because I don’t have the time or energy to commit to a league these days.

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  8. The rest of the world doesn’t care about Nascar. It may be popular in North America, but the fans they have worldwide are very “few” compared to the american ones. The real sport is a joke with its rules and the stupid chase system, and most non-american motorsport enthusiasts think it’s boring to run around in circles for 200 lap. It’s that simple.

    If people want to play Nascar they play iRacing. Like it or not, it’s sadly the only “known” plattform because they don’t think that there’s any alternative.

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  9. Once again, according to PRC, “If no one is online for pickup races no one cares!”. Not the case, people who want to race online use leagues because pick up races are a mess.

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  10. If you want online pickup races then you could get GT6 or Forza 5. For the most part simracers prefer leagues for races and practice sessions.

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  11. This article rings of the “SuperV8 released, no one cares!” one from a few weeks back.

    There’s probably more to this than content and/or ‘prime-time’, I don’t know what exactly, but some guesses would be people waiting for the future Steam release – and with it a possible price change, or the whole online subscription debacle, who knows.

    In my opinion though, 10pm EST isn’t prime time (unless you’re jobless or something), those with real world responsibility would see 8pm, possibly an hour or so earlier, as the more likely ‘prime’ time, giving a few hours to game before hitting the hay.

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    1. I have disagree with your assessment. If most Aussie racers like myself that work full-time and spend most time after work being husbands and fathers, then prime-time for us would be around the 9:30-10:30 mark (once kids are in bed and you’ve had a chat to the missus about the day or caught up on a TV show). I usually book in an iRacing race around then if not later and find it very busy still.

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      1. I should’ve specified – and I realize I’m way late on this, but I was speaking with an American perspective, as someone who also works full-time and such. I could totally see 10pm being ‘prime-time’ in other time zones due to various factors, especially more-or-less being almost on the other side of the planet.

        And it looks like 10pm for you, is near that “8pm, possibly an hour or so earlier” prime-time range I mentioned, so maybe there’s something there for a global prime-time…

        But for the America/Canada similarities in times, I still have to disagree with James’ ‘prime-time’.

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  12. These new headers are great. Like this one, talking about sausages and something about ‘… on salt doctor before use.’ It’s just good stuff and adds more to site. Very good idea.

    I think I’ll throw one together for good measure.

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    1. Apparently.

      He did say he would add anything you guys submit. I think I know which ones is yours, it is nice, but it is not funny like the others 😉

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      1. If you’re talking about the one I think you’re talking about… You need to step the fuck off and go make some more. That is by far my favorite so far, it’s just legit.

        Is that a kidney grille I see?

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      2. I did another one for James, but he deemed it too offensive. Which I can’t fault him on, the sim racing autists hate him enough as it is.

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        1. It’s not that it offended me, this site walks the line between being a credible source of info AND being a troll blog, there’s certain internet lingo that’s better left to the comment section.

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      3. Sorry, that’s what I was meant to say, James. All good. I will try and have some better taste ones through today. It’s going to be a productive day at work for sure.

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