You know how these work by now, as it’s time for another Reader Submission here at PRC.net. Today’s mail comes from longtime reader and comments section shit disturber Hash, wondering why a fantastic 2015 BTCC mod is being completely ignored by many other sim racing publications.
Hey mate, first time submitting something to PRC. It’s Hash, and you’ve probably seen me a whole bunch in the comments section. Just thought I’d mention something maybe worth writing about. Just more bullshit evidence of BSim Racing and VirtualR shilling, if that still matters to you.
I thought this mod was locked behind a league wall when I first saw it, but found out recently it’s actually a public release, and the tracks they have available are pretty high quality as well. So I decided to search BTCC on BSim Racing and VirtualR, no surprises there mate and you can see for yourself, three stories about the BTCC Honda in rFactor 2, and about a million previews of one BTCC car in Assetto Corsa – the 1998 Nissan Primera. Not one mention of the very good BTCC mod linked above.
Without being a dick, I could say that the team behind the rFactor 2 BTCC mod were very quiet about the release and can’t be assed “marketing” their mod to all the proper news sites. However, if I put a cynical hat on, things seem really dodgey. In Europe, especially the United Kingdom, the BTCC and sister series the WTCC are HUGE. Both series have large European audiences, and in the comments of many 1999 Primera articles, there are a bunch of people saying “I wish there was a full BTCC mod to download.”
I refuse to see how this was missed by European based sim racing websites. To me, it really looks like these guys thought it would be a MAJOR drawing card to rFactor 2 if this mod was publicly announced. I know for a fact people would buy rFactor 2 solely for this pack, and they know this. It doesn’t make sense to me. Either way, this BTCC mod should have a lot more exposure. It’s up there, if not better than R3E’s very popular WTCC packs.
No idea if this interests you, but it’s annoyed me a bit. Everyone’s wanting a BTCC pack, there’s a really good one available for rFactor 2, and it’s like the proper news sites are ignoring it.
Well, you’re not wrong to jump to certain conclusions. I mean, as much as the theory about sites like VirtualR and BSim Racing are pushing modders to switch to Assetto Corsa sounds like something formed out of a late night trip on magic mushrooms, the screenshots don’t lie. Barely a peep about rFactor 2’s Honda Civic, but we’re subjected to three pages of 1999 Nissan Primera articles on VirtualR alone, a third party mod that is still largely a work in progress.
And then you have the shot above from BSim Racing owner Wim saying that rFactor 2 is currently “not up to standards with Assetto Corsa,” and of course over the months here at PRC.net we’ve pretty clearly displayed which title isn’t worth your time.
We can sit here and debate until we’re blue in the face over which game is better (hint: there’s a reason why ISI software is used both in commercial applications, and by serious online leagues), but here are the facts:
- The guy running BSimRacing openly says he prefers Assetto Corsa over rFactor 2, and doesn’t really say why.
- There are an influx of Assetto Corsa modding articles on both VirtualR and BSim Racing. Can’t deny the screenshots.
- Rumors exist of Kunos Simulazioni paying mod teams to make the jump to Assetto Corsa, and helping out with third party mods such as the Shelby Cobra, Lamborghini Muira, and Mazda 787B.
- When a mod people are genuinely interested in is released for rFactor 2, instead we are drowning in articles about some Assetto Corsa mod that isn’t even finished yet.
However, all is not lost. OnWheelsTV indeed reported the launch of the 2015 BTCC mod, but I’m not entire sure how many people go there on a daily basis compared to heavyweights like VirtualR and BSim.