Long believed to be the pinnacle of online racing simulators, where every participant treats their virtual automobile as if it held monetary value, iRacing‘s overall reputation within the sim racing community is that of the ultimate challenge. The racing is allegedly more competitive, the physics allegedly more accurate, and the field of drivers allegedly exhibiting a higher level of maturity than your average Assetto Corsa public lobby. The idea is that once you’ve exhausted all other online racing options, only to grow frustrated by the sheer number of turn one pileups, signing up for an account on the iRacing online service guarantees you’ll be in a field of like-minded auto racing enthusiasts – or so the shills say.
However, thanks to his recent upload of an on-track incident at Charlotte, YouTube user Oliver demonstrates in a little over a minute, why iRacing can occasionally be a nostalgic trip back to the days of Xbox Live.
The video begins with the #14 Chevrolet Camaro moving towards the bottom of the race track, making direct impact with Oliver’s black #3 Camaro, before finally bouncing off and smashing into the outside wall. Oliver can’t physically position his car any lower without driving into the grass, and even before the cars make contact can be seen turning lower to avoid the yellow #14 Camaro attempting to take him out. The driver of the yellow Camaro proceeds to spend the next minute of footage lashing out at Oliver, claiming the entire incident is Oliver’s fault because he didn’t hold his line, and that he was “fucking all over the place.” Anyone with a mere handful of functioning brain cells can see that the black #3 was taking the optimal path through the tri-oval, and the guy cursing him out over voice chat drove across two lanes to smash into him.
None of this matters to the nameless iRacer, who proceeds to shout obscenities at Oliver, including some of the more memorable quotes such as:
- That was partially your fault, too!
- You didn’t hold your line dude! You were fucking wild line all over the place!
- Send it to YouTube! I don’t care who you send it to!
- Sent it to the president of the U-fucking-nited States, I don’t give a shit!
- You came up into me, dude! You came up into me!
- What are you bitching about?
- You DID come up into my line!
- Yeah I wanna report your ass, I am gonna!
I always laugh when I come across these stories, regardless of whether I hear about them on a message board, or get presented with some kind of video evidence of the entire thing taking place. Behind the marketing campaign that claims to offer a mature and organized racing experience, the sheer number of people who act like this within the virtual playground of iRacing is much more than the hyper-aggressive fanboys would like you to believe. In league racing environments, this chaos can be magnified, as individuals who act like this are sometimes also serving as administrators or moderators in charge of policing the field. It’s not uncommon for genuinely good drivers to get the boot from well established leagues for contact or incidents they truly had nothing to do with, and most of the exchanges resemble this kind of delusional bullshit in one form or another.