A difficult subject to address in a politically correct manner, online communities surrounding niche hobbies such as sim racing often bring together contrasting groups of people under one roof, with predictably disastourous results. Managers of retail establishments and even real-world race car drivers are in direct contact with children getting their first taste of the internet, as well as individuals suffering from certain spectrum disorders.
When issues within the world of sim racing arise, the contrast in social skills and overall logic becomes a problem unto itself. Not only do community members routinely find themselves at odds with one another over petty subjects, some individuals shift into high gear and make you question how these people operate away from the computer screen. When these types of sim racers are upset, their absurd reactions produce genuine comedy gold. And by that, I mean they threaten to sue us.
Do they ever follow through?
Of course not.
You used my screenshot illegally!
Maple wrote our most recent iRacing review, and as the editor of PRC.net, I’m tasked with cleaning up sentence structure and inserting screenshots wherever I see fit. A good 70% of the pictures appearing on here are from my own personal inventory, while the rest are found by quick google searches.
A month after the review went live, some guy was so asshurt over a screenshot he took appearing on PRC, he begged us to take it down, using the word Illegal in the title of the Email to imply we’d get our shit stomped if we didn’t comply.
You can’t make this stuff up
You caught me shilling!
As the disciples of Slightly Mad Studios rushed across messages boards far and wide to spread the gospel of Project CARS, our boy with a Greg Moore avatar became the symbol of crazed investors hell bent on generating hype and sales figures by any means necessary. Openly admitting to lying about the game’s car and track selection to con others into pre-ordering Project Cars, we used his hilarious confession in the private WMD forums as the ultimate example of intrusive viral marketing.
Of course, he was pretty irritated that he got caught in the act, but in the end didn’t succeed in his efforts to remove the proof he was nothing more than a mindless drone.
Your account is under Legal Investigation!
Earlier this year, RaceDepartment handed out 38 minutes in penalties during a league event in Assetto Corsa featuring the race-spec BMW 235i. The resulting backlash saw us publish two Reader Submissions featuring insight from those close to RaceDepartment staff members, both of which believed the site was going downhill for various reasons. One of these dealt with some interesting financial aspects of the website.
A few days after the articles were posted, I received the error above upon trying to log into RaceDepartment. Despite my account being under a legal investigation, access was restored a few days later, and nothing actually happened.
You play with someone who actually has the time, means, and money to do this, and you expect somehow not to get burnt?
Prior to establishing PRC.net, I dropped a complete bombshell on the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season community. Thanks to my extensive knowledge of the massive modding scene and comprehensive collection of add-ons dating back to the game’s launch, I created a website featuring every noteworthy piece of third party content in one place. An encyclopedia, if you will.
Most diehard PC Stock Car fans were jacked. Some of the mods, tracks, and carsets featured on my site lacked working original download links for a number of years, others came from sites that had been offline since President Bush was America’s leader.
SimRacingDesign instead believed I had stolen from them and after filing several false DMCA complaints to have my sites immediately taken offline, users from SRD wrote lengthy forum babble threatening to take my ass to court over both freeware mods for an abandonware NASCAR game, and a pirated copy of the game uploaded by someone else on an extremely popular torrent site.
Still waiting to get served.
You’re telling lies! Companies near you might call the police!
The aims of the successful summer-long crowdfunding campaign by Reiza Studios, one which managed to raise over $100,000 thanks to a very generous sim racing community, pulled a complete 180 overnight. While the initial plan by the popular South American developer was to use the funds to help bring more international content to Stock Car Extreme, as well as develop an entirely new game for release in 2017, Reiza changed their minds a few months after the funds had been secured. A stopgap title, nicknamed Reiza2015, will be released in the coming months, and be a complete repackage of Stock Car Extreme with a different name. Essentially, the company is going to re-release rFactor for a fourth time, believing that a name change is the key to attracting a larger audience.
Spoiler: It’s not.
Taking screenshots of forum posts made by the developers outlining their plans, as well as respected forum members such as EmptyBox blasting the decision for a whole host of reasons… Apparently that is spreading lies about companies, and we here at PRC.net should be cautious of companies that are within close proximity to us, as they may pursue legal options to combat our “twisted” information.
That dude from SimRacingDesign. Yeah, that one.
Now at the command of a fairly popular sim racing news blog, I wrote three separate pieces detailing the bizarre antics of SimRacingDesign’s userbase, one who constantly threatened to sue both myself and a fellow named Todd Weaver from Portland, Oregon over the alleged “theft” of mods from their website. As the weeks progressed and an increasing amount of traffic on our site were indeed residents from SimRacingDesign, it was clear we were not dealing with your average group of NASCAR fan, but a group of individuals suffering from varying levels of schizophrenia.
The most noteworthy of the bunch was none other than a user going by the handle of hijinxtattoo. While we’ve never really figured out who this guy was, or what role he played within the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season community, this guy would sit in the comments section of PRC.net shitposting at a rate that is matched only by the elite neckbeards of 4Chan’s sports board.
Despite his crazed ramblings, hijinx occasionally claimed we were the ones harassing him and his friends from an obscure NASCAR Racing 2003 season modding team. While other site members did get involved, each with their own set of laughable legal threats, the 3 AM schizophrenic ramblings of hijinxtattoo accusing myself and some random guy from the Pacific Northwest of harassing him will be a permanent reminder of the strange folk you can meet playing and talking about video games over the internet.
Somebody at your site is using my username! That’s defamation of character!
I actually received this one earlier today, and I’m still trying to comprehend what exactly the guy is trying to say. Nearly five months after the whole SimRacingDesign bullshit ended, and those from SRD sticking around to fight with readers of PRC had fucked off or the final time, someone by the name of Kevin Springer claimed hijinxtattoo was somehow slandering him.He doesn’t say how, when, or where, only claiming that it happened. Of course, he doesn’t provide any pictures, so I have no clue what the fuck the guy is talking about, but of course, legal jargon, and I just have to listen to his demands. I mean, sure I remember a bunch of posts from hijinx telling myself and Todd to go fuck ourselves (or that we were the same person operating under aliases), but this was something most people have moved on from.
Pressing onwards, Springer says he’d appreciate it if I didn’t delete anything from my site that is viable information for my users.
Well, for one, we don’t have “users.” We have “readers.” And two, fuck you, I ain’t deleting shit.
Three sentences later, he asks me to delete everything written by hijinxtattoo. Of course, this dude hasn’t specified what posts are problematic, why they need to be deleted, what exactly is slanderous about them and to be honest, I don’t ever recall this guy’s name popping up on PRC.net anywhere.
So I’m a bit lost, but given what you’ve seen above, an Email like this is a mere statistic at this point.
When all those wild public service announcements came out in the early 2000’s warning us about the dangers of meeting people from MSN chat rooms, this is basically what they were talking about. Even in this incredibly niche hobby where everyone in theory should be a hardcore auto racing fan, you can still be subjected to some extremely strange examples of society just by doing your thing. In the past year, schizophrenic NASCAR fans, viral marketers for Slightly Mad Studios, large website owners, and even your average iRacer have all threatened to take legal action against myself and what we do here at PRC.net.
Did any single one of these people follow through?
The next time you get into a sim racing forum argument with someone who’s completely fucking retarded, just remember that their intelligence may be on par with that of the people listed above. These are some of your fellow sim racers.