I Think We’re Friends Now

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An article of this magnitude surely won’t live up to the insurmountable expectations of all those who are eagerly anticipating it. I can only try my best to deliver the information, and hope that I have managed to convey everything in a manner that ensures this is PRC’s Magnum Opus – the lone article acting as both a mission statement, and pristine example of what we do best.

The Internet Safety category here on PRC.net wasn’t built with CEO’s in mind. Intended to showcase the depths of which rabid fanboys would sink to in defense of their favorite racing simulator, I never imagined we’d be featuring the head of a prominent development studio in such a fashion. We’ve profiled iRacing commentators turned rapists – much to the delight of his victim, there have been articles breaking down the flurry of false DMCA claims thrown about the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season community to supress high quality mods, a fellow attending Buffalo University blaming his failure to complete University thanks to his obsession with collecting rFactor mods was one of my personal favorite pieces, and lastly, the two gentlemen on a mission to proclaim Assetto Corsa has no simulation value were given their fifteen minutes of fame – drawing attention to an ugly viral marketing problem that has plagued modern sim racing.

Developers indeed have their own section on here – entitled Developer Meltdowns, but at the end of the day, the trilogy of articles under this category are merely forum arguments where a prominent figure from one of three separate studios can be seen struggling to deal with genuine criticism. Yes, watching Stefano from Kunos ring in the New Year by flinging shit at other sim racers on RaceDepartment is a bit disappointing, but none of these instances ever crossed the line into the absurd – it was merely an asshole developer being, well, an asshole developer. As a consumer, it sucks to see the people working on these products we all love so much be a downright asshole to the fanbase – it’s the equivalent of a Stone Temple Pilots fan meeting Scott Weiland backstage – but after a week or so, everybody more or less forgets about it, and moves on.

The champion of sim racing… let’s call them what they are… autists… was always supposed to be a community member, and not a developer. Whether it’s Associat0r from the land of rFactor 2, Spork-Juct from Facepunch, or hijinxtattoo from SimRacingDesign, folks like these were individuals who sim racers were intended to use as an example of what happens when you literally don’t leave your basement for years on end. Developers were supposed to carefully keep these rogue members in a corner, where they could do as little damage to the community environment as possible. Developers most certainly weren’t supposed to become one of them. Yet today, I am both incredibly proud and utterly disgusted to introduce The Undisputed World Champion of Sim Racing Mongoloids: The CEO of Slightly Mad Studios.

But before we crown our victor, it’s important we set the scene, and explain how we got to this point.

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Provided you’ve had an active internet connection within the past two years, and display even a remote interest in auto racing video games, you’ve most likely heard of a title by the name of Project CARS. Released for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam distribution platform in May 0f 2015, the hardcore auto racing simulator was intended to fill a much needed gap on next generation consoles thanks to a distinct lack of Gran Turismo, and a woeful Turn 10 Studios release in Forza Motorsport 5. Brought to life by the UK-based Slightly Mad Studios crew, and powered by their Madness engine – an offshoot of the trusty isiMotor powerplant behind most PC racing simulators – the game was essentially a cross between Need for Speed Shift and GTR Evolution; it looked like a next generation console game should and was properly fleshed out with loads of modes and features, but drove like the PC racing simulators most console owners didn’t immediately have access to. On paper, it sounded sweet – the best of both worlds.

The title was built through a unique crowdfunding system not using the Steam Early Access Platform, allowing users to donate upwards of hundreds or even thousands of their own income to aid in the development of the game – receiving special forum privileges or forum access to provide feedback for the title and truly shape the game into being something every racing fan wanted. However, when over 30,000 individuals bought into the program, Slightly Mad Studios realized they straight up could not listen to every goddamn person, and instead pushed many active contributors into being viral marketers. You could not visit a single sim racing forum without some brainwashed group of idiots proclaiming that Project CARS would wipe the floor with the competition upon release. As a backer at one of the lowest levels, I was able to see a message board thread in which Project CARS supporters were actively search for links or discussions being skeptical of the game, or critical of preview builds, and instructing members to attack or discredit the author. As if that wasn’t enough, VirtualR, the biggest and traditionally the most reputable sim racing news site, was bought out by Slightly Mad Studios, and promptly began pushing Project CARS propaganda at a nauseating rate.

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After three delays throughout the initial months of 2015, and stories of financial backers getting the boot from the program for merely questioning the quality of the game so close to release, Project CARS fell flat onto it’s face when launch day arrived. I’ve sat down and reviewed this game on three separate occasions for PretendRaceCars.net, so I’m not exactly unfamiliar with the title and can provide insight about the product on multiple levels.

First and foremost, I’m an American Stock Car guy, and when I gave the Chevrolet Lumina a proper shakedown prior to launch, its performance was highly inaccurate compared to the real thing. Considering this is a racing simulator, getting even the most basic aspects flat-out wrong is a big deal for a game supposedly taking input from 30,000 hardcore auto racing enthusiasts. Next, I penned a piece which discussed the history of the project, before evaluating reviews and initial reports from a massive amount of various sources. Those who had bought Project CARS and didn’t write for mainstream gaming media outlets spoke of a game with such horrendous shovelware-tier bugs, many had already requested refunds, returned the game, or shelved it in anticipation of a future patch. Finally, when I sat down to review the Game of the Year Edition – a bundle featuring all available downloadable content, as well as the Xbox One version my buddy had acquired for $20, I struggled to see how anyone could take this game seriously. Unless you were playing the game in a casual manner – so intentionally configuring races without pit stops, tire wear, long races, difficult AI, or multi-session events – you would be subjected to an abundance of glitches, physics flaws, and irregularities that basically made you want to boot up an older PC racing sim such as GTR Evolution.

However, after the game’s launch and subsequent colossal list of issues, I found myself covering more stories regarding the antics of Slightly Mad Studios themselves. Rather than accept that Project CARS shipped with virtually no Quality Assurance testing, and the multi-platform racing simulator was loaded with a plethora of technical issues that were outright unacceptable for a major release in 2015, CEO Ian Bell and other individuals affiliated with Slightly Mad Studios proceeded to attack virtually anyone who dared to ask what the fuck they had just been sold. It is difficult to summarize Bell’s behavior, along with that of his associates, in a colorful and descriptive paragraph, so I will list off a few titles of articles we published during the summer of 2015 to drill home how utterly bizarre things had gotten. Slightly Mad Studios, and Head of Studio Ian Bell himself, were 100% delusional about their product.

In short, the whole post-release clusterfuck surrounding Project CARS had less to do with the game itself – which was horribly broken – and more to do with how Ian Bell and Slightly Mad Studios had came down with a sudden case of emotional hemophilia. They simply could not fathom the fact that the final product did not reflect the financial resources and manpower dumped into it over a period of four years, and the active userbase graphs on SteamCharts reflected the community’s overall opinion.

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We now fast forward to May of 2016. The popularity of Project CARS is at an all-time low. Ian Bell’s well-documented antics by frustrated Project CARS owners, and complete lack of respect for his audience, have both done irreversible damage on the overall reputation of Slightly Mad Studios. Project CARS 2 was officially announced immediately after the release of the original, though excitement was practically non-existent. World of Speed, a Free to Play title intended to be made public at some point in 2014, still had yet to materialize. Biker Bash, a game previewed within the internal World of Mass Development forums, just sort of disappeared. A Red Bull Air Racing game was announced, but many mocked it and fantasized of elaborate ways Slightly Mad Studios would manage to screw up airplane racing. Here on PRC.net, we continued to receive word of Project CARS being neglected, ignored, and left to rot in a state less than optimal, frustrating those who had bought into the lengthy and time-consuming development process. On many sim racing forums, Project CARS became the punch line of many jokes – a failed experiment doomed from the start due to an incompetent leader.

At some point near the end of the month, I received word from a loyal supporter of PRC and sim racing industry insider – someone who has been with us practically since the start – that Ian Bell had moved to Singapore, leaving behind both his home and Slightly Mad Studios Headquarters in the United Kingdom. Despite being around nine months late to the news – as evidenced by this public forum post someone kindly linked to us after the article went live – there was a very real and tangible reason I chose to run the story; one which will come to light at some point in the future. The simple act of a developer fleeing to the other side of the world, away from his home and place of work, is just a portion of a much bigger story that we plan to stay silent on for the time being.

Anyways, we get predictably mocked for this “non-story”, and late in the evening, the man himself – Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell – shows up in our comments section to leave the 29,000th comment on our site. After an initial amicable exchange, Ian claims his sudden move to Singapore is a carefully calculated decision – one which would benefit the “Asian Push” of Project CARS, though admittedly not essential.

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There’s just one small problem: Project CARS had an international release date of May 8th, 2015. Maybe I’m just a lowly plebeian who doesn’t understand how this strange world of video game development works, but unlike first-party Nintendo 64 titles, Project CARS came out at the same time for everybody, everywhere, and was available through digital distribution platforms. Those who wanted it, have already purchased it, and judging by the Steam graphs above, most have already put it down and moved on. How do you make a specific Asian push for a game which saw an international release? Yes, there’s this random “Perfect Edition” featuring Japanese localization, but it’s not like the Japanese couldn’t obtain this game at all beginning on May 8th, 2015 – PlayAsia can back me up on that.

More dialogue continues back and forth between myself and Ian Bell, and eventually I ask what happened to World of Speed, considering a fair bit of people have been completely left in the dark on this Free to Play title.

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I am left utterly perplexed by his responses. Slightly Mad Studios built World of Speed, and this is evidenced everywhere from media releases, to YouTube trailers, to the game’s Wikipedia page. Originally set for a release in 2014, as of May 2016, head of Slightly Mad Studios Ian Bell has “no clue” what has happened with a game his own team allegedly built. He claims the project was contract work, and the game was sent to the owner for “polishing and publishing”, but everywhere I look, the ones listed who would responsible for polishing and publishing appear to be Slightly Mad Studios themselves. I’m totally lost, but predictably, I am told I do not understand video game development, even as other PRC readers chime in with essentially the same basic questions I’m asking.

Instead, Ian asks me to call him. And add him on Facebook.

A lot.

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These comments began appearing in my WordPress notifications app around 10:00PM local time, on a Tuesday night to close out May 2016. Now for some background information, I’m based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and I work a shift where I have to be up at five in the morning because old people are my spirit animals. At this exact moment, as these comments start rolling into PRC, I am literally sitting in my jammies on Teamspeak with a few of my mates, in zero mood to have any sort of professional conversation with the head of a Triple-A Game Development Studio. I have no recording equipment set up for an audio interview, nor do I have a word document containing a list of specific questions to ask the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios. I literally had just finished up a few games of the EA Sports classic NFL Street, and was planning to head to bed after bidding farewell to my internet homies.

Ian demands I fuck myself over at work in the morning, drop absolutely everything, and place a long distance call to his cell-phone in Singapore, at 10:30PM on a Tuesday night. Nah, not happening. Yet before I really get a chance to digest how truly absurd this situation is, Ian begins to call us all cowards for not conducting a spontaneous interview. I repeat, this is the CEO of a video game company who’s biggest release last year sold over one million copies.

And then he discovers my email address.

10 Call Me GMAIL 1What follows has been documented in the picture above; Ian Bell promptly channels his inner crazy ex-girlfriend and spends the better part of ninety minutes periodically begging me to call his cell phone in Singapore. Had I done a quick mock-up in photoshop and replaced a picture of a drunk Ian Bell at a St. Patrick’s Day parade with a generic piece of jailbait, giving him the upper-class suburban name of Ashley, Brittney, or Courtney, his messages are indistinguishable from those of a girl with severe daddy issues.

Wondering if I can actually get anywhere from conversing with him, I chose to reply by asking Ian to provide a unique picture to confirm his identity – after all, there was a chance this was just some kid from 4Chan playing an elaborate and admittedly fucking hilarious prank.  Ian provides me with a picture of his family instead – then asking me to add him on Facebook because, and I quote: “I think we’re friends now.”

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This did not help things. Again, I receive a diverse platter of short messages over another ninety minute span, encouraging me to conduct a spontaneous interview with Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell when everyone else in the house is asleep. I’m clearly not interested, and made an effort to explain the concept of time zones, but instead, Ian continues to call me a coward, ask me to add him on Facebook, and call him. When he sees me shitposting in the comments section of PRC, ignoring his messages altogether, he becomes increasingly agitated.

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By my own calculations, I passed out around thirty minutes after the clock struck midnight, but this did not deter the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios in the slightest. His tirades eventually grew longer, arriving in my inbox long after I had lost consciousness. He tries to argue that VirtualR remained unbiased towards Project CARS, that no viral marketing for Project CARS took place, Slightly Mad Studios staff members never attacked customers, and that the multi-platform racing simulator met all promises made in the initial pitch, but I’m not exactly awake to argue. I don’t need to be. This dude is straight-up not living in the same reality as we are, his ramblings indicated a genuine problem could be the sign of a Cluster B personality disorder. I can only call it like I see it.

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So I wake up for work around five in the morning – sorry to disappoint you all, but PRC isn’t my full time job – and once I stumble around a bit in search of my phone, I see that Ian’s meltdown lasted a full six hours. I was still receiving Emails from this guy at three in the morning local time; the onslaught beginning just after ten at night. His final message, arriving at 3:31am, compliments me on a selfie I had taken in my old bathroom almost three years ago. Of all the crazy shit that’s happened in 2016 so far, I think the CEO of a video game company calling a dated selfie of mine “cute” at three in the morning is near the top. For the record, first place goes to my car owner trying to intentionally wreck me during the first race of the season as a rite of passage.

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This is what happens when you speak your mind in the world of sim racing. Merely drawing attention to the fact that the CEO of the largest sim racing development team – a developer who’s credentials include partnerships with Red Bull, Electronic Arts, and Namco Bandai – randomly moved to the other side of the planet, apparently warrants six hours of obsessive emails typically composed by clingy teenagers. Had I received any of these exact emails from a girl I’d previously slept with, speed limits would be mere suggestions during my journey to the nearest police station.

Yet even after this article goes live, rabid fanboys, viral marketers, and mentally unstable apologists will somehow act as if this is totally okay – that the head of a Triple-A development studio is perfectly within reason to spend six hours requesting a spontaneous interview, and then proceeding to go on angry tirades well after you’ve fallen asleep – all because you wrote an article informing your readers of something that had been made public in the game’s official forums nine months ago.

This is sim racing in 2016. Some people aren’t here to race. We should probably make a collective effort to change this before it gets out of hand.

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How do I feel about Slightly Mad Studios as a developer, after all of this?

Indifferent.

Tom Thacker is the ultimate definition of a liberal cuck, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop listening to Gob. Kurt Warner desperately needs to cut back on the bible-thumping, but he will always be my favorite NFL quarterback. Top level NASCAR is rigged to all hell, but you can’t deny some races this season have been incredibly fucking awesome. And I’m going to take the same stance with Slightly Mad Studios. For the CEO of their company to act in the manner that’s been documented above is nothing short of appalling, but if the Red Bull game comes out within my life time, and it’s a lot of fun, I’ll be the first to tell you how awesome it is. However, judging by initial feedback in the closed beta forum, things aren’t looking too hot.

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445 thoughts on “I Think We’re Friends Now

  1. Oh here he goes again. Look at you Canada, posting here thinking you just said some smart shit.

    Out of all countries that post here Canadians are the ones that piss me off the most. Their entire fucking culture makes no sense. What exactly is it that you do? Wear flannel shirts and slurp syrup?

    If I think of America I think of guns, pop culture and freedom. Sure, lots of ignorant baboons but at least they wear their retardation like a badge of honor, use it as a cultural identity, their flag promotes the unity of the country with all these stripes and stars.

    Germany is orderly, a country that prides itself on its rules and their citizens who follow them. It’s also the country with the biggest responsibility when it comes to destroying Europe with its two world wars and government sanctioned refugee crisis. Their flag waves strong colors, black, red and gold. A dominant flag for a dominant country.

    Russia is strong and stubborn to a fault. They live hard lives and don’t complain about it. Obviously the entire country is pretty much a shithole but it breeds strong people who can take care of themselves. Their flag represents the cold, the white, the blue but also the burning passion in the red, it all comes together to signify that their country is bleak but there is strength in that.

    But Canada, what are they fucking known for? Being “nice”, i guess? Is that your role in the world? Being fucking nice? That’s not an achievement. Everyone can be nice. It’s easy to be nice. You just don’t have to say anything bad. So what did your fucking country decide to put on their flag to show the entire world what Canada is all about? A leaf. A FUCKING LEAF. You decided that you like to slurp your shitty syrup so damn much that you might as well put the fucking leaf that it’s made of on the flag. You don’t even respect your own country so why the hell should I.

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    1. I can’t make a post so sorry to borrow your ‘reply’ option.

      James. You can have all the fun you want, but posting my private telephone number on a public forum when it was sent to you alone is a new low.

      I fear you’ve lost all control now and stepped beyond what’s legal.

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      1. He’s stepped beyond what’s legal , you stepped beyond what’s legal when you released project cars my friend.

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          1. You falsified everything Ian , I’m pretty sure there would be legal bounds to take your asses to the judge if someone chose to do so ……

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        1. Not at all. There is not agreement that there number was given on any provisor that it was not for resale or publication.

          Selling or publicising personal details is big business. Ian of all people should have known it’d have been leaked.

          There is a very angry group of customers out there who would love more than just his phone number made public.

          PRC is a douche publication, but yes. But Ian’s activity with direct customers has been nothing short of disgusting.

          PCars2 sales have been lost already. That I have no doubt. Our entire race league has dumped project cars from our supported league based purely on the state of the game and the contentious disrespect for his customers.

          Personally I don’t care if he takes notice of PRC or not. I just tell his sponsors what I think of who they support and that it does effect where i spend my money and who I support.

          Working in Audi and hosting events for Ferrari and Bentley in the past. Nobody is untouchable in this industry.

          I would have thought Ian would have acted more tactfully.

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      2. I don’t know why everyone is annoyed? If you read Ian’s emails he clearly gives James permission to share the email and phone number with the “gang” and I assume he means us right?

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      3. I’m just gonna state the obvious here and ask you the simplest question that can answer this whole mystery.
        Mr. Bell, please tell us all why you couldn’t just try to arrange a date and time in the future to organise the interview in a simple and professional manner. You could have asked him what time would suit his schedule, see if it fits with yours, maybe prove your identity in the first message too, and everything would have gone just fine.
        A simple answer is all we need to put this to bed.

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      4. Right, it’s someone else’s fault you got drunk (or are more emotionally unstable than previously realized) and just gave out a personal number, isn’t it? You even STATED ‘give it out yo your gang’.

        Hahaha. You cannot be serious.

        Here’s an idea, why don’t you shut the fuck up and fix your broken game so it aligns with even ~50% of what you promised us on nogrip and actually functions consistently?

        You look like a goddamn molerat. A scamming, dishonest molerat.

        Even falling into line with the with the classic scammer tell, using pictures of your family members for no reason as some token of credibility.

        You must realize how foolish your comments are, right?

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    2. The Xenophobia is strong in this one. You seem to get your notions of what different countries are like from the movies. Try spreading your wings a bit, it’s a big world out there. Don’t trash an entire country and culture for one moron.

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  2. James got cucked, what a complete coward. Sad!

    You posted pictures of his family online, his cellphone,where he is living and you don’t have the balls to actually call his cellphone?

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    1. Again, sorry to borrow your reply option, I can’t make a post myself.

      James, I see you’ve also posted my private email address (as well as my mobile number). I know you’re rattled but that’s no excuse to do this.

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      1. Ian, why no balls. Bitch boy. Husky42 has clearly challenged you numerous times to a boxing match but you being the bitch you are wont even reply.

        Know if he ever see’s you, he’s breaking your fucking nose.

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  3. You’re just as bad as Ian with your dumb post about SJ

    SJ is a decent guy who doesn’t deserve the shit you did to him, including when you proudly proclaimed how you caused the police to turn up at his house

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  4. Admittedly, I don’t have a special place in my heart for racing sims. But as someone who cares about video games in general, I fucking LOVE coming here now and again to read the articles here. Astonishing.

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  5. Nothing I hate more than people ragging on forza 5 because it had less of everything. Unlike all these PC “sims” and gran turismo Turn 10 rebuilt the physics engine, the graphics engine, the audio engine, laser scanned every single track with a 1000% higher accuracy rate and rebuilt every single car model from scratch and designed a complex learning ai system… Again something no other company does since they either reuse their old assets or steal assets from other games.

    Not only did they start from scratch they managed to pull it all off as a launch title that is STILL one of the best looking racing games ever made and its what? 3 years old now? 1080p with a rock solid 60fps.

    Yes let’s whine about how awful that was despite still having more content than any other game you listed as well as a bigger community of hardcore fans right up until the day forza 6 was released.

    If you are OK with companies half assing the games YOU pay for then by all means keep whining about a console launch title but remember that it still has more content than any other game on the market for this generation with only 1 exception. Forza 6.

    Yes I’m a forza fan and I will defend it. I have a full racing setup got PC and both consoles, wheel, chair, shifter, pedals…the whole deal and hands down forza is the most fun with the biggest community and its a community that isn’t full of dicktards. The first few weeks is rough but once the wheat is separated from the chaff the community becomes top tier and provides some of the most exciting racing found anywhere.

    I’ll take forza on my under powered Xbox one over any PC sim running on my absurdly powerful $3000 gaming rig any day of the week

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    1. >$3000 Gaming PC.

      The 90’s called, they want their PC pricing back.

      >Inb4 linking a catalogue to a pre-built.
      >Inb4 stating that people require a 3D rendering workstation to play Tomb Raider.

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      1. My $3000 PC is also used for work bud. Most of that money went into lots of DDR4 and GPU’s because I need their computational power for things other than gaming HOWEVER that also means it games amazingly.

        Dont be jealous. I’m sure your…$800? PC is great playing the latest titles at 15 fps when you turn everything to max above 640×480.

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        1. Why do you need a 3000 pc when the best sim you have is forza 5 on xbox one? That’s just overkill imo. The PC sims are below your standards, d0x360, why do you even bother with pc sims when you something better on xb1?

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          1. You do realize there are more games on PC than racing sims right?

            My PC is great for VR and other games. I enjoy playing witcher 3 at 4k 60fps. I enjoy playing tons of games in tons of genres.

            Its only a waste If you dont use it and can’t afford it. Plus like I said I use the compute power of my GPUs for work as well as play.

            As for forza being my fav and PC sims being below my standard… That’s complex. I enjoy playing PC racing games I just enjoy forza more because of the community that also plays it along with the fact that its a solid game thats as close to bug free as it gets and t10 listens to their community, continues to add content and fix issues and generally has a love for racing.

            Do I wish forza had things like qualifying laps, and a flag system? Hell yea i do. I’d also love if forza 7 was on PC from day 1.

            The series has a level of polish on it that can’t be denied and when played with a proper setup its most certainly a sim. The game uses different settings when using a controller to make it easier but play with a full wheel setup and the racing aspect is on point.

            What I dont understand is how you or anyone (but me) can decide what’s a waste of money when it comes to myself lol. I bought a 4k denon atmos receiver recently…was that a waste of money? Let me tell you something. Playing a racing game that supports Dolby 7.1 in atmos mode is a revelation in audio excellence. You want to feel like your on a track without being there? Come to my house I promise you will not want to leave if you like gaming of any kind.

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                1. Im sorry I feel like a bully, but fuck it, why are you even here,your very clearly very much a mainstream race game guy, that struggles like hell to even drive those even half decently, yet you have the gaul to call “PC” sims out, I dougbt you couuld even get around a track on a sim, how do you have so many vids yet not one single race sim?

                  And dude not only your voice but your “opinions” on your vids paints you in your early 20s MAX, id say late teens, this whole story of you coding in “game” industry just sounds made up, especially when you listen to your vids.

                  Also your “boast” about a DDR4 laden 3000 dollar PC smacks of lack of knowledge, there is very very little gain for DDR4, apart form lower voltage, theres not much reason to buy DDR 4, infact a lot of tests by sites show ddr4 actually performs slower than ddr3, because ddr 4 suffers from high latancy.

                  Stop talking shit, and start playing proper sims.

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                  1. You do realise he most likely does not have any of that gear. In fact he’s probably just a 14 year old or a kissless 30 year old NEET sitting in his bedroom of his parents house with his Xbox One and his dad’s old Acer laptop. When someone brags on the internet about what they have, why it’s better and how someone else can’t afford it, then they’re most likely lying.

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          2. He;s just making up for his small penis. He most likely only has a four year old Acer laptop to big note himself on the internet with.

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            1. Exactly. Thats what I used to play layers of fear on at 1080p 60fps with 4x super sampling on my YouTube channel…a 5 year old laptop that had enough headroom to also capture the video in realtime lol.

              I’m good at optimizing my hardware via poetry

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                1. Oh no note insults! Yea I did buy a better mic but since YouTube isnt my job and was just something I did for my own self enjoyment and to learn a little bit of video editing… Which should be pretty friggen obvious based on how many videos I’ve posted in 4 years I really dont care how many sub’s I do or dont have.

                  I dont need other peoples approval to live my life sorry =[

                  Ooohh the cringe. We have no real arguments so we just keep trying to insult people ooooohh. DDR 4 burbble burbble notebook acrade racer burbble sim something forza microphone.

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                  1. Why do you keep talking about DDR4?
                    What does ‘burbble’ mean?

                    We know this site brings out some 4Chan odd balls, but damn you’re certainly one of a kind.

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                    1. Burrble doesn’t mean a god damn thing which should have been pretty obvious in the context of the post.

                      Why bring up DDR4? Cause someone insulted me for using DDR4. My god man keep up.

                      You couldn’t pay me to visit 4chan, sorry. I’ll take your money and use it for more DDR4 but I won’t go to a chan.

                      This script I wrote to reply without having to visit the site is coming in handy

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                    2. “This script I wrote to reply without having to visit the site is coming in handy”

                      Oh god, now this guy thinks he’s fucking Anonymous.

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          1. Dont know anymore, there is too much whining to keep track at this point.

            Bitching about games bitching about ddr4 bitching about everything. Truly sad.

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    2. “laser scanned every single track with a 1000% higher accuracy”
      “something no other company does since they either reuse their old assets or steal assets from other games.”

      You can’t even tell that Forza 5 and 6 reused their old Road Atlanta, Sebring, and Laguna Seca? You can’t even tell that the Forza tracks that are actually laser-scanned pale in comparison to that of iRacing and Assetto Corsa? Here I was this whole time thinking you were a middleware expert. 😦

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      1. I am an expert. The tracks you listed were rescanned and updated as well. I can’t remember off the top of my head every single track t10 scanned in a 6 month period especially not 15 min before I’m about to go to bed, like James I have to get up early an hour earlier in fact and when I posted it was about midnight ish so I apologize for making a sweeping statement but 99% of what I said was true.

        Now…you can tell I was tired because everything else about the article is a million times note interesting which, 4.5 hours and 2 cups of coffee after I’ve woken up I’ve realized.

        As for middleware (programming, game engines or anything tech related)…if you have any questions I’d be glad to answer them lol but this entire page is so filled with posts I’ve gotten so many emails about it I can’t keep up so we should do that on another article. I’m just subbed to posts and I’m getting an email at least every 60 seconds on this 1 story. Its crazy!

        I’m trying to catch up but its hard because today is the day we are migrating 400 systems to windows 10 and I can’t stop reading PRC which is BAD BAD BAD I should be working. That crazy girlfriend video didn’t help my productivity either.

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  6. “Drama is more popular then content, it’s much easier to hate” -Jackfilms

    Causing drama over Ian Bell instead of the proper news he gave you about WOS and a spin-off, great job…

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  7. Have you actually read the RBAR game forum posts? Or just thread names? The link you posted shows, that most people LOVE what SMS do (there are even commercial pilots there loving the beta). You’re getting really desperate Austin. You had your 15 minutes of fame … maybe it is time for you to do simracing and maybe gaming in general a favour and find another hobby.

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    1. I expect it’s like his screenshots of the AC bug reports forum, if it sounds bad it’s just assumed to be true (cause you consumers always know when a product is broken and it’s not their fault)

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  8. PCars shills are all flocking here to defend Ian Bell ahahahaha! Ian Bell wasting 6 hours of his life doing this is just another why Project Cars is buggy simcade garbage, and is the joke of the sim racing community.

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          1. Ian..simulator? Let’s be honest with each other bud. I’ve worked on a simulation engine before for a large company. It was a multi million dollar project just for the engine itself. We recouped those costs but I can’t say how though you could figure it out via my post history.

            Anyways. Project Cars is not a sim. Neither were your previous racing titles but that doesn’t always matter as long as its close enough and more importly that its enjoyable.

            Project Cars is a title I’d be ashamed to be associated with. Full of bugs, removed or simplified features…and worst of all before fixing them you had the balls to ebeg for project cars 2.

            You are a disgrace and an insult to anyone who works or has worked in this industry and rest assured you do not have the respect of your peers regardless of what they say to your face.

            I already know your phone number and I wouldn’t call it to save my families lives. You are a joke in the industry but your massive ego won’t let you see that

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  9. multi-platform racing simulator met all promises made in the initial pitch . Statement of the year , what a fuckn toss pot !

    The games fucked and so is Ian . Well written article about a complete fuckn wanker .

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  10. “Merely drawing attention to the fact that the CEO of the largest sim racing development team… randomly moved to the other side of the planet”

    Nothing is ever “merely” anything with you. If you merely reported solid facts and didn’t engage in rampant speculation you could say that but instead you always ALWAYS go off on a wild goose chase usually being wrong.

    I’m not interested in Ian Bell or what he said in his 6 hours of ranting but honestly you really want to have it both ways. You want to both shrug off criticisms by agreeing ironically that you’re basically a tabloid, a terrible place to get news from, but then act like you’re doing the community’s good honest work by exploring important topics and revealing important things or whatever.

    You basically want cred for what you do as well as permission to be a total fuck up. You’re the ultimate reflection on the contradictory duality of millennial attitudes.

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    1. “I’m not interested in Ian Bell or what he said in his 6 hours of ranting but honestly you really want to have it both ways. You want to both shrug off criticisms by agreeing ironically that you’re basically a tabloid, a terrible place to get news from, but then act like you’re doing the community’s good honest work by exploring important topics and revealing important things or whatever.

      You basically want cred for what you do as well as permission to be a total fuck up. You’re the ultimate reflection on the contradictory duality of millennial attitudes.”

      +1

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    2. I’m trying to figure out why people who get so angry over a site whose tagline is well known at this point still reading these articles or expecting something out of PRC

      If you truly believe PRC has some kind of impact on the community to the point where you feel like these guys need to be held to the same standards of the developer of the game, then I think you need to reevaluate how you view gaming.

      PRC has broken some interesting news and highlighted some aspects of this genre a lot of sites won’t touch. It’s definitely not a perfect site or editorial system they have here but they’re (mostly) honest and entertaining. Don’t take it too seriously bub

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  11. This site is incredible lmfao. Amazing blog post James. That was a true fucking meltdown by Ian

    People take this site way too seriously. I don’t like everything you post but this is way better than reading the same article on EVERY sim racing site. Kudos. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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    1. No-one would take this shit seriously, if idiot behind it all wouldn’t be trying to do serious damage … TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. Unfortunately there are enough dumbfucks to support this kind of utter garbage. I personally hope Austin get sued to hell and back.

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      1. tell me, how can a blog destroy a community. He doesn’t advertise this on every other platform or force you to read this

        How is this more damaging than an actual developer going full meltdown like this and drawing attention lmao.

        Honestly, I don’t get when people throw around the “ruining the community” card to blogs like PRC. They’re insignificant to the grand scheme of a game.

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          1. Please, tell me how this blog hurts this community over actual Devs who talk shit to their own consumers??

            Look, I don’t drink the whole PRC kool aid of every sim being terrible but they all do have their flaws. All these games have improved graphics, ffb,physics and usually better quality content but they all lack features that were prominent in the older sims that were essential to the sim experience and have their fair share of bugs.

            A blog or a single poster being inflammatory isn’t going to suddenly make everyone stop buying/playing these games. It’s about the devs and the quality of games. If you think that blogs have a larger impact on the community than the games themselves then your perspective is fucked.

            All you have to do is see how Sector 3 interacts with this blog to see that this is a relatively fair space. One studio shows some respect (or doesn’t act like a complete baby over some criticism) and they are shown respect even in critical pieces.

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  12. You want to both shrug off criticisms by agreeing ironically that you’re basically a tabloid, a terrible place to get news from, but then act like you’re doing the community’s good honest work by exploring important topics and revealing important things or whatever.

    Its working , your here

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  13. Oh Ian , Ian you just can’t keep your control can you 🙂 ……..You are a angry man , I have seen how you treat people on your forum and now you cry fowl !

    Jeez I hope you don’t lose your shit at home with your family as much as you do online !

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    1. Are you afraid one of your shills is going to call you?… You can always send a private mail to james in the submission button here, asking him to take it out, instead of crying around…

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        1. You act like you’re not afraid even when people know who you are and what you’re like, someone as small as a 10 year old could fuck you up without you knowing it.

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      1. I hope Ian will do much more and teach the Austin prick a lesson he needs (and deserves) so much. You know, internet is a free place, but law applies even there.

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    2. I don’t know why you are annoyed? If you read all your emails, you clearly gave him permission to share your email and phone number with the “gang” and I assume you mean his readers right?

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  14. This is too fucking weird. Ian, if this is really you, get help mate. You’ve already proven that you are a pretty nasty person through your tirades on the PCars forum, and in my judgment your immaturity and inability to conduct yourself in a levelheaded manner make you unfit to head a company; in any other industry, if you conducted yourself this way in public, you’d find yourself out on your ass pretty quickly.

    I’ve often thought you suffer from mental illness but this incredibly odd behavior has just proved it. I mean, this Austin kid is also a nutter but he pales in comparison to you. Honestly, get help you maniac. Maybe with a clear head you’d be able to direct a studio through the process of creating a functional game, you know, doing things like quality control, thorough bug testing, and creating a handling model actually based in the laws of physics.

    Until then, I hope you have fun dodging taxes in Singapore because it’s very obvious that’s what you’re doing.

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      1. You aren’t nearly as smart as you think you are, and neither is Austin. I’ve never met him, don’t live in the same country as him, never had any interaction with him, and have no desire to do so, as I do not see him as someone I would get along with.

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      2. Your game has many problems. As far as I’m concerned NFS Shift, Shift 2, and PCars were your three strikes. You alone can control how you have treated people online. Any “hate” or hostility you encounter has been brought upon you by your own poor judgment, the horrible way you treat people, and lack of quality output from your studio. If you’re going to be a jerk and make subpar, broken games, guess what Ian, people aren’t going to rush to sing your praises.

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          1. You three crack me up 🙂 I will give you this. Your efforts are tireless and very impressive. I might even consider offering work to people with that level of determination. If it wasn’t for the OCD excesses and the complete departure from reality.

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            1. Its a bit of a worry that you seem to think every negative comment here is from the same three people. There are over 1400 negative reviews on steam alone, are they all alt accounts too?

              Lots of people dislike PCars as a game aswell as the childish and aggresive manner in which you ignore its issues, Ian.

              Take a step back and breathe in reality for a moment…

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              1. And even more people like pCARS as well as Ian. Hmmmm …. what to do now ….

                Or are you trying to tell, that all those negative reviews are sincere while the positive ones are not? C’mon.

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                1. The positive ones didn`t encounter ian`s personality yet, and probably are the same category that always thought Gran Turismo was the most realistic racing game ever created….

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                  1. And the negatives are from self centered entitled kids, who had mostly never driven any car at all (not mentioning driving racecar on a racetrack), while multiple race drivers and racing teams support SMS and pCARS.

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                    1. Let me offer you some insight as someone who has worked in this industry.

                      Those drivers who endorse games and talk about how real they are are PAID TO SAY THAT.

                      Its no different than an athelete endorsing any product. Do you really believe for a second a real driver thinks a game comes anywhere near actually racing?

                      As someone who has also raced cars around a track as well as got some rally training from Team O’Neil I can tell you nothing replicates the experience or the rush of real racing.

                      Its sad that you think these pros are saying good things of their own free will and kinda funny too

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                    2. d0x360 … you know you’re trying to teach an actual developer about game development. Also trying to tell actual SMS employee about something you know nothing about. I was not talking only about the ones you can see in ads and in videos (although none of them – Ben Collins, Nick Hamilton, Rene Rast – have ever said anything about the game they don’t mean. Rene Rast even was not paid driver, he joined as WMD member). I was talking about personal appreciation various SMS team members get, whenever they get in contact with drivers and teams (both for work or just as a personal visit … you know, most of us at SMS have various motorsports as a hobby. We get in touch with people on various occasions.)

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                    3. Trying to teach a game developer about game development. Hum…. Interesting because guess what!?

                      I’ll give you a hint about what I used to do for a living. Game development!

                      You work for SMS do you? Pray tell what’s your name? I’ll call you. You dont need to give me your number if you work at SMS I can get it.

                      As for Ben Colin’s and these others drivers do you have any proof a single one of them said these things? I’ve met Ben he’s not into gaming nor does he believe that is an accurate tool.

                      Go ahead and ask him yourself on twitter. I look forward to his response where denies having ever played pcars.

                      I’m sorry I have a hard time believing anything an anonymous coward account posts. If you can’t at the very least post under a user name none of your words matter. You could easily just pretend to be 30 different people for all anyone knows.

                      The fact of the matter is I know a significant amount of information about the development of pcars as well as games Mr Bell had his hands in in the past. I plan on posting some of it without fear of being sued because if the company were to take me to court which I welcome them to do I will have evidence to back up my claims.

                      So Mr “SMS DEV” you may say whatever you want but I know the actual truth. I also know what the development community thinks about “your” company.

                      I’ll wait for you to get me a single tweet from any driver not at a pcars event. If you get 1 just 1 that wasn’t a paid promotion I’ll never post here again.

                      Good luck on that one “game dev”

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                    4. Nope, Won’t give my name. I have a Facebook too and a life. Won’t help individuals like you to turn my personal FB page into one big pile of shit/hateposts. You don’t need to believe me. I don’t care. You are as nameless for me as I’m for you. You opinion does not matter a bit. Opinion of people I met in person on the other hand ….. Btw. Rene’s famous youtube video suits your criteria. It was his personal post on his personal youtube page, played on his personal computer in his own personal rig. But I assume you will call it “viral marketing” …. but then you can call it any other tweet, post or video I could post here. Btw. I’ve personally met local ex-Clio Cup driver who absolutely loved Clio in pCARS. Does his opinion matter less, just because he is just a local young driver who didn’t post about it anywhere? Nope, as he still knows more about racing than you or 99% of comenters on PRC.

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                    5. I dont give a shit about your Facebook page or your life. You dont work at SMS stop saying you do.

                      If you were a developer on the game you wouldn’t care about giving your name but you arent. Also knowing someone’s name doesn’t automatically give you their Facebook you tit.

                      Why would you have a public Facebook account anyways? I know mine is set to friends only.

                      Fact is you won’t say your name because if you did I could easily verify its not you when I call SMS. I know people who work there sadly and as someone who claims to work there you would know why its sad for everyone but you dont.

                      Hell a first name will suffice…you know what I dont need your name at all. Tell Me what team you worked on and I’ll call and verify.

                      BTW Jonathan W from EA says hi. You remember him right? Oh you dont? Thats right you dont nor have you ever worked there or anywhere else in the development community.

                      Pathetic. You SMS shills are a whole new level of bullshit. You are worse than the Sega Nintendo fanboys from the 90s.

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                    6. Ok … if you’re ok with nicknames – Jerry from SMS says Hi! And nope, I don’t know anybody from EA as I started to work for SMS on pCARS. Didn’t work on Shift games. I just hope Ian will come and can confirm who I am. (Wont bother him by asking for that).

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                    7. What team “Jerry”? What team?

                      Surely someone from SMS spoke about their experience from EA. I know EA still talks about it because it was absurd so there is no way in hell you don’t know.

                      But again…dept. I dont need Ian. I am going to literally call you. Unless of course the reception desk has been taken down.

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                    8. What the fuck you don’t understand about remote work? Unfortunately I have no reception desk at my home 😀 nor would I pickup an unknown phone number from some other country. I’m not even in the UK.

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            2. You crack me up Ian. One minute you’re saying the Wii U version of Project CARS is working along fine. The next your raging at Nintendo fans then saying it wont work. Now you’ve spent hours emailing someone because they wont call you. I’m not exactly a fan of James but I can see why the mentally ill cunthole doesn’t want to give you his number

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  15. Ladies and gentlemen, the uncut version.

    You know also what James, you have gotten me very very wrong. I haven’t bought out Vr, I’ve never once asked Rob to amend a post or say anything unfairly advantageous about us. Not once, ask him. I needed a blog guy and he was the best I saw.

    Shilling? What planet are you on? I’m the most straightforward honest person you’ll ever meet, although you won’t, because you’re afraid of me.

    What false promises? pCARS and WMD was a PC only racer, possibly free to play and then we asked people to come aboard. We delivered a triple AAA racer on three platforms, including next gen PS4 and Xbox One, none of which were part of the original plan, and all of the WMD punters are now at 212% returns with more to come for the next two years. What false promises??

    We don’t attack customers critical of the product. Never have done. As of today, we have 14 critical threads up on the official forum. We do remove those who openly breech the rules of the forum. That’s as it has always been. I absolutely stand by that. I want a productive forum that helps our users, not a sea of noise that I’ve seen elsewhere.

    Man, I’m the least insecure person on earth, I assure you. Two minutes in my presence will convince you of that.

    Intimidation? Or do you mean defending ones self?

    James, you’ve shown yourself up by not engaging with me. That’s a fact. Now, spew all the hatred you can manufacture but I know I cam there and offered you a no preconditions, no holds barred, record me and post it discussion. And YOU backed away from it.

    Cheers,

    Ian

    On 1 Jun 2016, at 14:37, Austin Ogonoski wrote:

    Despite being laughed at, banned from everywhere, attacks from fanboys, lawsuit threats… etc… I still post my opinions on the world of sim racing. It’s what I do, because I love this shit and wish it would get better. I’m aware someone could utterly ruin me just by investigating the nutty girl stuff a bit more. The sim community does that sort of thing to people who don’t fit in. Yet here I am; away I post. Brave in the face of impending doom.

    You? Look at you. The shilling. The false promises. Buying out VirtualR. Attacking customers critical of the product. Those are signs of insecurities. If there was nothing to discover behind closed doors, why the intimidation?

    😀

    On Jun 1, 2016 12:29 AM, “Ian Bell” wrote:
    I very much doubt that James. You do seem to be quivering truth be told. It’s one phone call. You have the number.

    On 1 Jun 2016, at 14:27, Austin Ogonoski wrote:

    On a metaphorical level, I’ve got the bigger set of balls.

    On Jun 1, 2016 12:24 AM, “Ian Bell” wrote:
    You know what James, I’m actually taking to you a little. The nutty girl reference tickles me. I suspect you’d enjoy our chat, if you didn’t lack the balls to allow it.

    On 1 Jun 2016, at 14:18, Austin Ogonoski wrote:

    I wouldnt call prc an anonymous hate blog. In Black Flag: A Crash Course in Sim Racing, I reveal who we all are very early in the document. It’s really not a secret anymore, we just lazily roll with fake names so a nutty girl I slept with a while back cant show up and make a mess of the comments section.

    On Jun 1, 2016 12:13 AM, “Ian Bell” wrote:
    Well, for journalistic reasons? this is how it works in the wider world of non anonymous hate blogs. People engage, gather facts.

    I know, I know, silly me 🙂

    On 1 Jun 2016, at 14:11, Austin Ogonoski wrote:

    Not entirely difficult to shitpost on PRC from the comfort of my bed considering modern smart phone technology is phenomenal. I’m still confused as to why you want me to call you?

    On Jun 1, 2016 12:06 AM, “Ian Bell” wrote:
    Keep on posting then James, while you’re asleep presumably.

    I’ll call it now, and pass it along. You’re a bunch of cowards.

    On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:59, Austin Ogonoski wrote:

    Timezones. It is 11:58pm on a Tuesday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A regular shift for me is 6am to 230pm. Spot the issue.

    On May 31, 2016 11:57 PM, “Ian Bell” wrote:
    Come on gentlemen and possibly ladies. Surely this is a win or you. I, the head of studio of the company you are attacking constantly, have stepped up to the mark to engage you live with no preconditions.

    I’ve offered to call you, to pay for the call, to engage with you and to allow you to record the conversation to do with whasotever you desire.

    Are you such a bunch of cowards that you won’t avail of this opportunity?

    > On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:36, Ian Bell wrote:
    >
    > Now, pandering to my ego is a very good thing. I do fall for that regularly.
    >
    > Guys, you’re embarrassing yourselves. Call me for fuck sake.
    >
    >
    >> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:28, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>
    >> Well with a developer of your stature, it’s only natural we’d all want
    >> to meet you at once.
    >>
    >> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:27 PM, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>> Sorry James, I wasn’t aware that you needed a gang to have the balls to talk to me.
    >>>
    >>> Please pass my mobile number to your gang and se if any of you are man enough to communicate, you know, like journalists do.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:24, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> What is this chat supposedly about? And why can’t it be in Teamspeak?
    >>>> PRC is more than just a one man show (I presumed you knew that) and
    >>>> all three of us are currently here.
    >>>>
    >>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:23 PM, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>> Now we seem to be making some progress.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> James, I’m calling you one to one, I think I’m doing you a huge service with this considering.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I’m also rolling in it as I mentioned before so the costs don’t bother me.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Now, let’s have that chat. You can do it.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:19, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Why can’t you just come on Teamspeak? I’m in Alberta, dat long distance fee.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>>>> James, for your own sake, don’t further humiliate yourself here.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> You have my number, have the simple balls to call me.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:13, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Well I pay for a Teamspeak server that lets people show up and discuss
    >>>>>>>> sim racing from all around the world. IDK why you wouldn’t just use
    >>>>>>>> that. Surely as the head of Slightly Mad Studios, you have a PC mic in
    >>>>>>>> your posession?
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:11 PM, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>>>>>> I’m confused as to why you wouldn’t avail of the opportunity to chat to a head of studio live now.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> I think all of your readers would be confused also.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:10, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> I’m confused as to why you want my cell phone number when our
    >>>>>>>>>> Teamspeak server is open to everybody.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:08 PM, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>> Send me your cell phone, or forever prove yourself as being nothing but a
    >>>>>>>>>>> keyboard warrior.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 13:04, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> I don’t see the shoe on your head.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM, Ian Bell
    >>>>>>>>>>> wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Haha, excellent. I’m not your dancing monkey James.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a pic of me and some of my family at Jamie Oliver in Singapore 2
    >>>>>>>>>>>> days ago.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> This is from my Facebook page BTW, please add me as a friend, I think
    >>>>>>>>>>>> we’re friends now.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 12:56, Austin Ogonoski wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Well first I’m gonna need some proof that you are who you say you are.
    >>>>>>>>>>>> No offense towards you, but in the past a few firms have tried to buy
    >>>>>>>>>>>> ad space on PRC (WordPress sends out a beacon to certain agencies if
    >>>>>>>>>>>> you go over X amount of views), and it’s difficult to see if I’m
    >>>>>>>>>>>> talking to a bot/guy from 4chan trolling me/etc…
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Basically, need a quick selfie of you with a shoe on your head, and on
    >>>>>>>>>>>> a piece of paper write the phone number you’ve provided me. Again,
    >>>>>>>>>>>> when people don’t follow through, it’s an instant “this guy is a
    >>>>>>>>>>>> bot/this guy is from 4Chan.”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:52 PM, Ian Bell
    >>>>>>>>>>>> wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Why so shy James? Don’t let it ever be said that you’re merely a keyboard
    >>>>>>>>>>>> warrior. I won’t have that.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 12:38, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Hey James, also feel free to friend me on Facebook.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> I don’t think it’s healthy for you to hide behind an anonymous blog. Let’s
    >>>>>>>>>>>> get close.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> On 1 Jun 2016, at 12:08, Ian Bell wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> I’d love to have a chat with you. Send me your mobile number. Mine is +65
    >>>>>>>>>>>> 86130808.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook.

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    1. That’s all very good but now the important question:

      When will cars stop going through the ground in your triple A game?

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      1. James. You can have all the fun you want, but posting my private telephone number and email address from private correspondence, on a public forum, is an unacceptable action.

        Now you do exactly the same thing ?

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          1. I believe he meant your information.

            also why didn’t you use team speak? it’s open to everyone, all the time.

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    2. Your racing game is not of simulation value and is a buggy unfinished product full of glitches that sends cars to space. I can’t forget to mention that there has been many broken promises you made, as you cancelled content that was promised to be in PCars 1 to be put into PCars 2. Assetto Corsa, iRacing, rFactor2, AMS, and RaceRoom provides a much more enjoyable and less frustrating experience than PCars, and I am happy that I will never play your “sim” again.

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    3. Wow a whopping 14 critical threads! Because there are only 14 complaints about this debacle. How about you spend less time bitching at people online and fix your damn game. I’d like to be able to play it without having my car spontaneously hit an invisible wall and explode. I’d also like tires that actually obey the laws of physics. Oh wait you’ve already moved on to the sequel because you’re a money grubbing pig who can’t be bothered to fix it.

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    4. Honestly, the more of this shit I read, the more I’m thinking James was right not to call or answer you. Given the hyper forward and aggressive nature of your requests, who the fuck would want to engage in that conversation.

      Imagine some dude sending you emails to take an angry phone call… is a fair bet you wouldn’t want to engage with that either.

      Regardless of how tough or how sizable you think yours balls are. That was simply a dick bully tactic backed by your own admission.

      I wouldn’t take that call, and I’m sure nobody else would either.

      And for what it is worth. I’ve never seen anyone banned in the pcars forum as self defense or defending the company. I’ve seen people with genuine constructive questions and criticism life banned because you just happened to be in a mood that night.

      Your a CEO.. your not supposed to have enough free time to troll forums. You have staff for that. Permanent bans are not the way to deal with WMD backers especially!

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    5. Instead of trying to ‘get close’ to people (you creep me out tbh), why note start by making the tyre model’s heat retention more in line with the ps4 version? How about you fix the camber problems?

      You know, so there’s a penalty for using poor basic driving technique, or doing insane things with pressure and camber (OR basically disabling it).

      Also, a basic overhaul of AI lines and exit speed is in order. They brake too late to get a fast exit more often than not. The netcode and general MP experience is rubbish.

      However, some of the above are basic things that can improve the game when it isn’t experiencing critical bugs.

      Don’t be conceited about lying to everyone and taking their money, you have a very flawed memory of what happened soon after shift 2 release.

      Once you stop bullshitting and deal with the reality that you changed cloaks and still made shift 3 in everything but name. Is it EA’s fault again? Atari? Simbin slip bugs into your code? No, perhaps it’s the on consistent factor behind all of these shoddy titles…. Mr. Bell! 😀

      People stop paying attention to the title and start remembering studios eventually.

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  16. well…ill leave the drama to you two. but 99% certain the “asian push” is in reference to pCARS2. nissans already very prominent & im sure theres hope for honda+suzuka as well.

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    1. He’s moved to Singapore to avoid the high taxes in the UK. That’s the Asian Push. Pushing to keep more money in his bank account. Singapore is a well known tax haven.

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      1. im not naive, he didnt relocate his entire family to the other side of the world to secure some licenses. but thats what he’s referring to when he implies it also helps pCARS. whether his move is beneficial AT ALL is pure speculation, but there is credible evidence to suggest an “asian push” from SMS is a very real thing.

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  17. Triple A game , mate you are on drugs ! The game crashes to the point you lose all the previous settings including the

    farkn ridiculous ffb that you have to spend months fuckn around with

    the cars go through the ground as mention above

    flag system is screwed

    cars hitting invisible walls

    cars sticking to each other like magnets

    damage has been completely dumbed down to the point its just useless

    no vr for ps4 as promised

    no oval tracks as promised

    multiplayer crashing or players being kicked without reason.

    Every patch you guys at SMS produced was a complete abortion , trying to fix one thing only to make another 10 issues , I have seen some bad games produced but nothing even comes close to this product you created .

    You produce 10 or so patches that were just rubbish at the end of the day ……………

    Hey nice looking graphics 🙂 but the rest is shit!

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      1. Can’t ban us now Mr. Bell. We are not inside your dictatorship where you can ban people who disagree with you and criticize the game.

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    1. We wish. The sales on Shift were phenomenal. Last I heard it was 9 million or so over the two games.

      I appreciate the compliment but can’t take it. We would surely need the might of EA to create a proper Shift 3.

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      1. I was referring to the dog shit physics and force feedback and the complete disregard for quality control and I am sure you know that. I can’t blame you for any success you have had though. I wish I could find a grift like you have that would allow me to sleep at night but so far, my conscience has not allowed for it.

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        1. Yup, we focused on dog shit physics throughout. And yes I struggle to sleep at night with all the accolades continuing to roll in. Now, go get James his Pizza.

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          1. Truth told Mr.Bell, as much as I don’t agree with things said on the official forums etc, I will buy pCars 2 if it has addressed my issues with pCars 1. Waiting for reviews this time, I hope I get a pleasant surprise. 🙂

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              1. I was so dissapointed when someone purchased ProjectShill as a gift for me on steam. I was so excited to not give you any of my money and that was stolen away from me with that steam gift.

                Thanks for making a sequel so I can realise my dream of not giving you a cent of my hard earned.

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              2. I wanted to get into P CARS. Visually speaking when you turn off all the unecessary effects it is the most imersive among all racing stuff out there. But man… you could have done so much better on physics, I understand it is a game for the masses tho. I just wish you’d license isimotor 2.5 for P CARS 2 and not dumb it down.

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          2. Oh I am quite sure you guys thought you were focusing on some very hardcore and realistic physics. The problem comes down to incompetence but it made a profit so who cares, right?

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  18. Talking about criticism to kunos or assetto corsa. Why do they have to accept and take in toxic criticism when they don’t even agree with the criticism? They can handle well legit criticism, reviews, bug/issues reports, but not when it comes in toxic form and most of the time lacking in proper arguments or proof.
    Not even you James take all type of criticism. I’ve seen you and sev defend this blog a lot of times when people don’t agree with what you write or how you do things. So why do they have to accept everything certain people say about the game?

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    1. “Talking about criticism to kunos or assetto corsa. Why do they have to accept and take in toxic criticism when they don’t even agree with the criticism? They can handle well legit criticism, reviews, bug/issues reports, but not when it comes in toxic form and most of the time lacking in proper arguments or proof.
      Not even you James take all type of criticism. I’ve seen you and sev defend this blog a lot of times when people don’t agree with what you write or how you do things. So why do they have to accept everything certain people say about the game?”

      No one has to respect, acknowledge or respect critisicm of any kind.

      HOWEVER.

      To hunt down and ban people far and wide for expressing their disagreement, or swearing at them, making them seem insane, launching propaganda campains to turn people into viral marketers, bribing game reviewers, and sending out snobbish packs of fans to vilify anyone who doesn’t like your game…

      That is something ENTIRELY different.

      You can leave criticism on your feedback forum and ignore it if you don’t agree with it as a game developer, but seriously, to go nuts like Ian Bell and Stefona did, is absurd and sad beyond words.

      It’s just more reason to dislike Asseto Corsa and Project CARS, especially when these games don’t quite live up to the expectations of enthusiasts who like simracing. It’s also an important reason to dislike people like you. It’s like some of you guys are living in an alternate reality and pretending these things never happened.

      In spite of all the bad things people may say about PRC, you’re are actually allowed to say what you want here, without being censored or banned or whatever. PRC receives some incredibly nasty and toxic replies too, and I’m sure James doesn’t agree with everything being said in the comments either. But the fact he allows it shows he is more honest and genuine than the aforementioned developers. While like most people I don’t agree with everything being said on this blog, I like the general departure of the censored, commerial sim racing news sites. Some of the stories on this site have been very revealing and enlightening.

      Also I just want to touch on something that’s been said in this particular article:

      “As a backer at one of the lowest levels, I was able to see a message board thread in which Project CARS supporters were actively search for links or discussions being skeptical of the game, or critical of preview builds, and instructing members to attack or discredit the author.”

      I’ve seen James talk about this issue before, and mentioning that the simracing community is rotten, cancerous, autistic, (insert random offensive adjective) etc, but I can tell you from personal experience this issue is not limited to simracing. This is just a small spec of a far greater shitstain that’s covering society, and the internet in general. We are talking about a behavior, a mental attitude that is present in all facets of life. All over social websites and forums there’s lying, manipulating assholes, egotistical powertrippers, backstabbing rats, and dedicated attack groups who are out on censoring and persecuting people who don’t agree with a certain worldview/moral value. Outside of the web, the professional life is no different, and it’s the exact same thing in social circles.

      It is a sad fact that a lot of people simply demand that you agree with them and they’ll stop at nothing to make you conform to their beliefs. If you want an example of what I mean, all you need to do is scroll down the comment section of any random article of this site. It’s really pathetic, but also very eye-opening. Without censorship, people show their true colors.

      And that is why I like PRC so much. The world NEEDS websites like this. Please keep it up James, and the rest of you guys. Whatever anyone says, you are doing the right thing.

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      1. Posting private contact emails and telephone number is the “right thing” for you? What can I say? I am glad I am not you.

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      2. First, James isn’t selling a game. Second, the support forum isn’t for toxic behavior and attitudes. There are paying customers who want to use that place where moderation exists.

        “It’s just more reason to dislike Asseto Corsa and Project CARS, especially when these games don’t quite live up to the expectations of enthusiasts who like simracing. It’s also an important reason to dislike people like you. It’s like some of you guys are living in an alternate reality and pretending these things never happened.”

        I’ve been to several sim racing forums and people also got banned there. rfactor2 is an example where people get banned. I doubt AC, Pcars, and rF2 forums are the only gaming forums in the world where people are banned or threads are locked. So, you won’t buy any of those games because there is moderation in place? That’s up to you obviously.

        Pretty sure people also stopped coming here at PRC because they don’t like the content or they don’t like the gathering in these comments. So this already tells the way PRC handles the comments section isn’t the perfect solution for everybody.

        Is also strange how you’re easily influenced by whatever this blog puts out and you think of it as liberating, as enlightening, as eye opener. When in fact is just a biased blog, judging things only from one perspective. You’re so easily buying all this speculation and controversy about games, about updates, about certain people, and about the companies behind the sims. When in fact you’re just gullible behind a leader with a voice. I bet James doesn’t even have to prove [insert your hated sim here] that is unrealistic, or an aspect of it doesn’t work right or unrealistic; he only has to make an article and say it with confidence. Then people just support him when all he does is use his voice (type writing skills) without actually carrying to analyze and compare it with the real world cars or other aspects.

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        1. “I’ve been to several sim racing forums and people also got banned there. rfactor2 is an example where people get banned. I doubt AC, Pcars, and rF2 forums are the only gaming forums in the world where people are banned or threads are locked. So, you won’t buy any of those games because there is moderation in place? That’s up to you obviously.”

          Look Mr. Anonymous, this is precisely the issue I was outlining in the last part of my comment; I KNOW most forums and websites are moderated. (or more accurately: censored) I do not believe it is the right thing to do, and that is why I like PRC.net. The bloggers here actually have an opinion and are not afraid to express it, they don’t give a shit about anymore even if offended children come here to the comment section saying stuff like “YOU CAN’T SAY THAT! YOU HURT MY FEELINGS! *CRY SOB SOB!*”

          I really respect the fact they dare to say what they think. In this day and age, where people commit suicide if someone calls them a loser on facebook, we genuinely need that sort of thing. Nowadays people can’t deal with criticism anymore, and it’s pretty much illegal to have an opinion these days. You can’t say anything anymore without someone wanting to sue you. PRC deviates from the mainstream in not giving a fuck and posting any rumor and issue they see fit. And that’s good. I know not everything is true, and not everything is always correct. But guess what? The same is true for mainstream sites.

          Believe it or not, but everyone is biased, Mr Anonymous. You are biased, I am biased, PRC is biased, the whole world is biased. It’s a human flaw. No one is always 100% objective and 100% honest and true, even if we think we are. Not a problem, just so long as we admit to it, and do our best to be as genuine as we humanly can be.

          This blog is a revelation and an eye opener, in part because of what happens here in the comment section. To me, it is perfectly normal and understandable that you accuse me of believing everything James writes. After all, I said something positive about PRC, and that is against the norm, that is not politically correct, and thus I am stupid and gullible and and I suck James’ cock and whatnot.

          This site reveals the many psychological issues people tend to have. Yes, it’s not pretty, but I feel it is very important that we don’t hide it. Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away. I believe we need to confront the issues. Speaking of which, are you visiting a psychiatrist at the moment?

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          1. You are really missing the point.
            Posting a negative opinion is perfectly normal and reasonable.
            Posting lies is not.
            Saying that Ian moved to Singapore was not news, and saying that because Ian had moved to Singapore there must be something bad happening at the company was at best making an unreasonable leap of logic and at worst a deliberate lie, and quite possibly a deliberate attempt to damage the company.
            There have been cases before where an article on here is very negative about Project CARS, but they haven’t attracted people in to object like this because it’s not unreasonable for the guy to give his opinion about something he doesn’t like. Hell, he even said some nice things about the game in one article.
            Picking fault with the game is a good thing – even if SMS didn’t fix everything, if they see people complaining about issues then maybe they will include fixes and improvements in the next game.
            But trying to claim that the company is in trouble when it clearly isn’t doesn’t do anybody any favours.

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            1. You gave a simple mind. Yes the head of a studio moving to a different continent while that studio is in active development is huge news and also is a significant identifier of major trouble especially when you consider the redbull incident where they talked of the studio being EMPTY. No major studio is ever that empty. NOT EVER. Not on weekends, not at night, not on holidays.

              How dense can you be?

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                1. i seriously dont think there are many staff at all making PC, and i dont think there ever have been although thats only an opinion as im not there to know, just a hunch.

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              1. You’re clearly out of touch with reality there.
                Just because you have worked in other studios doesn’t make you an expert on how SMS works.
                But then from your other comments it’s pretty clear that you have an agenda to follow, so I’ll stop wasting my time.

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                1. You’re right I’m not an expert in how SMS operates but I dont need to be to know that making a AAA title where the majority of your workforce isnt in the office together just doesn’t work.

                  If SMS couldn’t build the original pcars properly when they were in studio i can’t imagine them doing it this way without going bankrupt.

                  Is having your team work from home possible? Sure it is. Does it make sense from an efficiency and budgetary standpoint? No. Does it make sense from a creativity and collaborative standpoint? No.

                  All that being said if the game comes out and its not just project cars 1.5 and its not full of bugs then I will happily congratulate them on a job well done and for doing something no other AAA studio has ever managed to do.

                  I have no agenda as some people have suggested. I own pcars, I bought it day 1 on steam. I was looking forward to it like a 6 year old looks forward to Christmas morning. I built a new PC for working at home but I also made sure it was more than capable for gaming and I based my hardware choices on a set of games and those games were Witcher 3, Project Cars and Star Citizen as well as VR.

                  Apparently I’m a liar though because I haven’t made a YouTube video about a PC sim despite the fact that I’m not a “YouTuber” and I only made a couple videos to teach myself how to use video editing software.

                  I guess I should make one, after all if you dont have a YouTube video and an imgur account with pictures of your PC it must be fake.

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            2. I don’t know if you are Mr. Anonymous who replied to me earlier, but either way, you don’t have a point.

              Lying is considered to be totally normal and acceptable in today’s modern society. We are actually at a point that we expect each other to lie and become offended if someone doesn’t lie at the right time.

              “Does this dress make me look fat?” => “No, your fat rolls make you look fat.”

              People lie all the time, about everything. It’s very sad, but true.

              Personally I am not OK with this habit, especially since telling sensitive truths often leads to very unfavorable consequences. I still believe being honest is the right thing to do, but many disagree sadly.

              “Saying that Ian moved to Singapore was not news, and saying that because Ian had moved to Singapore there must be something bad happening at the company was at best making an unreasonable leap of logic and at worst a deliberate lie, and quite possibly a deliberate attempt to damage the company.”

              That’s a lot of assumptions on your end. Either way, who cares? If you’re not a friend or relative of his, it shouldn’t matter to you. James says he has more info on this story he’s holding back so we’ll see if it’s true or not. I don’t see any problem here really. It’s his blog, he can say whatever he wants. If you can’t handle it, I do suggest getting mental help. We’re talking about racing games here, so lighten up.

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          2. Censorship? Nope, is moderation. With censorship they would have deleted what those people posted, but they didn’t, everyone can read their posts, so instead they just locked the thread and/or banned the user because that person can’t make proper arguments or can’t show proof/data, instead just accuse the game or devs of being wrong.

            So you want the sim racing forums to be “all you can say”? Well, the AC forum is a support forum, moderated by the company behind the game and offered to the customers. There are plenty of customers who don’t want toxic people there, so you have to follow guidelines of behavior. You can say what you want, but they just don’t want your attitude there. Which means they block you from using their support forum. That has nothing to do with censorship. You can still play the game, you can still say your mind in other places, just not with such attitude on their home.

            Why don’t you create a sim racing forum where people can write anything they want, including the toxic and nasty stuff? Nvm, people already do this in this blog. Good luck having a reasonable discussion with them and actually discussing simulation. They’ll just tell you is simcade and will promote their favorite game instead.

            How is this blog a revelation and eye opener if is simply the biased side of the author? With that logic anyone that writes his opinion or speculation is a revelation and eye opener for others. Really?

            The problem is not that you said something positive about PRC, the problem is that everything that PRC says is regarded as the truth and is never questioned and everything a dev says is regarded as marketing, and everyone that likes the game in question and says something positive about that game is seen as shill and fanboy.
            Are you so afraid and insecure that you need to pull the card of saying the person you’re discussing with has psychological issues and implying is visiting a psychiatrist? I am more wary of people who suggest such things than of people who actually visit a psychiatrist and work out their problems and doubts.

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            1. “Censorship? Nope, is moderation. With censorship they would have deleted what those people posted, but they didn’t, everyone can read their posts, so instead they just locked the thread and/or banned the user because that person can’t make proper arguments or can’t show proof/data, instead just accuse the game or devs of being wrong.”

              I think I get what you’re saying: the posts are still there, we can still read them so the posts are not censored in your mind. But that’s not what I meant.

              Locking threads, blocking and banning users IS censorship. Censorship of people. Stopping them from saying what they want to say. That is exactly what censorship means, no matter how you look at it. Censorship is censorship.

              “So you want the sim racing forums to be “all you can say”?”

              I am all for 100% transparancy and honesty, and a strong supporter of free speech. I want much more than that. I want all forums, not just for racing games but ALL forums to be free speech. I also want no restrictions on expression in real life. I want to be able to say what I like, what I don’t like, and what i believe in any way I please. I want to be able to say I hate my boss straight to his face, I want to be able to say I think someone is ugly or fat, I want to be able to say I’m disgusted by a certain culture or world view. Without suffering any conseqences for expressing my opinions, of course. THAT’s what I want.

              “You can say what you want, but they just don’t want your attitude there. Which means they block you from using their support forum. That has nothing to do with censorship. You can still play the game, you can still say your mind in other places, just not with such attitude on their home.”

              Blocking someone from using a forum based on what they think and post is censorship. That’s literally what the word means. I know why you disagree, though. You think blocking opinions and expressions you don’t like is not censorship. But as soon as a opinion you agree with is blocked or removed, you suddenly do call it censorship.

              I’ve seen it all too often. I hope one day you’ll overcome your hypocrisy.

              “The problem is not that you said something positive about PRC, the problem is that everything that PRC says is regarded as the truth and is never questioned and everything a dev says is regarded as marketing, and everyone that likes the game in question and says something positive about that game is seen as shill and fanboy.”

              I’m assuming you’re talking just about the authors of PRC. If this is truly what you believe, that’s more of a personal problem, than a problem with PRC. It’s not quite this black and white. They’ve covered some issues that are clearly present in this industry, it’s not just PRC that talks about the problems of shilling, bribing, marketing, bugs and broken physics and broken promises. Look around, take off the eyeflaps. Ultimately, you may believe what you want, but from what I see you do certainly have a problem specifically with people who like PRC.

              I’m not quite sure what to say. My condoleances to you perhaps?

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              1. I don’t have a problem with people who like PRC. Is more about the people who mindlessly follow everything this guy writes and reviews about these sims. I know you’re gonna say “but there are mindless player who accept these games despite its flaws”…. well, is not that mindless. If you do enjoy and like to play these sims, then you’re not mindless. You’re doing something you like. Maybe what James says is a problem, but for them isn’t a problem. What he says is just his opinion, despite him trying to pose it as news or facts. About actual news, yes sometimes he posts them, but there he isn’t right nor wrong, is just news, which may or may not be valid. Such as the pseudo news of turn 10 kunos thing.

                “I am all for 100% transparancy and honesty, and a strong supporter of free speech. I want much more than that. I want all forums, not just for racing games but ALL forums to be free speech. I also want no restrictions on expression in real life. I want to be able to say what I like, what I don’t like, and what i believe in any way I please. I want to be able to say I hate my boss straight to his face, I want to be able to say I think someone is ugly or fat, I want to be able to say I’m disgusted by a certain culture or world view. Without suffering any conseqences for expressing my opinions, of course. THAT’s what I want.”

                You’re too naive to want to say everything you want to people or about things/games and expect nothing back. By that I don’t mean people should be physically violent as retribution. But people don’t have to put up with what you include in your free speech. That isn’t censorship. That is simply not wanting to listen to you any more, so they don’t let you in their house any more. I hope you got the idea now. You can do all the free speech you want, but people don’t have to listen to you. If you insult your boss because you have the right to free speech, he also has the right to not allow such conduct. That isn’t censorship. That is everyone doing what they want, and they don’t want to listen to you, so they don’t allow you to be on their property, for example the forum, which is their digital property, and they have every right, they aren’t infringing human rights.

                You’re wishing me condolences? You are terrible at ending your posts.

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                1. I admit I didn’t read your full post, I’m at work and this article has caused an obscene number of comments BUT…

                  I do agree that nobody should blindly follow PRC and just rip apart every game because of little flaws without seeing any merit in them.

                  PRC should be a resource. I believe its a much needed resource in fact and thats because a lot of sites that just cover sim racing are often hard to trust due to sponsorship deals that go undisclosed.

                  It doesn’t help that there are so few games to actually write about. That said going back to PRC I think it’s important to have a strong voice dissent in the community but at the same time I also agree that at times the audience can be overly critical and negative.

                  Yes the state of PC racing sims right now isn’t exactly great and thats because there are too many games! We will never get THE premier polished full featured sim we all want until a big publisher sees profit in the PC market.

                  Sadly if that game were to be made the audience would come…on The flip side since no modern game puts up big enough numbers publishers write the genre off. Its a giant circle of despair.

                  Project Cars could have changed all that. Showing that the audience is there and profits can be made but they bungled it. They came sort of close but not close enough and since they jumped into pcars 2 way too early they will lose fans.

                  SMS should have supported this game hardcore for at least a year with a mix of free and paid dlc and they should have made damn sure they worked out the bugs.

                  Its really unfortunate they went the direction they did because even if SMS wasn’t the studio to make THE game they could have done a lot to help prove the market exists

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                  1. “SMS should have supported this game hardcore for at least a year with a mix of free and paid dlc and they should have made damn sure they worked out the bugs.”
                    They did – there are some bugs they didn’t fix, but the list they did fix is enormous, and they did support the game with a mix of free and paid content.

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                    1. Sure they had some dlc and they fixed some issues but the support for the game and brand wasn’t what I would call hardcore.

                      For what the game is, the sum of its parts it doesn’t run very well. It should have better performance than it does and yes they worked on that but not nearly enough.

                      The game still has bugs and the devs actively insult their own community for talking about them. Thats not cool. If you want to engage with your community dont insult them.

                      My biggest issue isnt that bugs still exist or that features were removed. My biggest issue is before fixing the bugs they announced project cars 2 which is basically them throwing up the middle finger.

                      A studio that believes in its product shouldn’t be talking about a sequel 6 months after launch. There is no need for a sequel yet. They should have built off the original game until it had all its promised features then supported that game for a year with dlc BEFORE even mentioning a new game.

                      Why buy dlc or get deep into a game that you know is being replaced ASAP? Its why I stopped playing. The moment they mentioned a new game they removed any incentive to support and play the original.

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              2. This must be one of those well known PC power heads, apologists and blow job givers such as cluck, remco van cock smoker or roger anal payne, looks like you are the one that needs to get a life.

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  19. This really is a new low for PRC, and there have been a lot of lows. Its a fucking game, everyone knows you don’t like it James, and we all know you’re cranky about it, and you’re entitled to voice your opinion. But this is way beyond acceptable.

    You’ve broken the “try not to be a dick” rule

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    1. >2 cis white men have an internet argument about chauvinistic patriarch car games
      apart from grinding trannies I don’t think they’ll care.

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  20. “Remember how bad Project CARS is, guys? Slightly Mad Studios suck so bad. Guys?”
    “I still don’t know anything about game development, so I’m going to double down on what little I think I know”
    “Meany pants developer is harassing me guys interviews scare me I’m just a tabloid help :(“

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  21. I was bored this morning so I started to read this post. Less than halfway through I realised I was never going to get these moments back, so I stopped.

    Everyone has a right to the own opinion, its called free speech, but soap boxing is a little different, and internet trolling and baiting is just plain dirty.

    Naming and shaming is one thing, but needlessly and maliciously posting someones personal contact details all over the internet is out of bounds, and again crossing a line that no decent person would.

    Having spat in the face of free speech, personal privacy and common decency, may I advise you to take the next logical step and recommend you actively start trying to win a Darwin award just as soon as possible, because IMHO the sooner your vitriol is removed from the gene pool the better.

    Thanks

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  22. Guys,

    Really ! How can there be that much hate. Honestly shame on you all.

    If you do not like the game move on, get a life.

    Every person who stayed the course with PCars was rewarded for it.

    Ian is not just defending himself and PCars , but the people who work for him and the families that those people support.

    No game is ever perfect. But to attack the man for trying to do his best is just not on.

    I have over 15 years of game development experience working on some very big titles and I can tell you I do not go into work every day sit at my desk and go hmm how shall we screw some people over.
    I go in trying to improve what I have created bit by bit (when I am old it is what I will show to my kids and say , Daddy made this)

    People got access to a game before it was complete, you got to post to forums where you could give developers feedback, as a developer I would hate that.. but the guys in SMS from what I can see worked with WMD the best they could, it might not have been perfect but like everything what is.

    Also to the people posting all this hate.
    Have you ever created something, worked on it 24/7 sacrificed spending time with your family to see it come to the world only then to have people say they hate it.

    I have and it hurts but somethings are just not for everyone I get that.

    What I do not get is how you could hate something so much that you would you actively go about abusing a man public.
    Posting personal contact details , are you mental ! He has a family and from his profile picture
    2 young kids.

    IT IS A RACING GAME if you do not like it request a refund and move on.

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    1. I don’t like the game , I don’t like the man and I don’t like the way they have made completely false statements about there product , we have every right to complain and voice them complaints when the opportunity arises , like now!

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  23. Guys,

    Really ! How can there be that much hate. Honestly shame on you all.

    If you do not like the game move on, get a life.

    Every person who stayed the course with PCars was rewarded for it.

    Ian is not just defending himself and PCars , but the people who work for him and the families that those people support.

    No game is ever perfect. But to attack the man for trying to do his best is just not on.

    I have over 15 years of game development experience working on some very big titles and I can tell you I do not go into work every day sit at my desk and go hmm how shall we screw some people over.
    I go in trying to improve what I have created bit by bit (when I am old it is what I will show to my kids and say , Daddy made this)

    People got access to a game before it was complete, you got to post to forums where you could give developers feedback, as a developer I would hate that.. but the guys in SMS from what I can see worked with WMD the best they could, it might not have been perfect but like everything what is.

    Also to the people posting all this hate.
    Have you ever created something, worked on it 24/7 sacrificed spending time with your family to see it come to the world only then to have people say they hate it.

    I have and it hurts but somethings are just not for everyone I get that.

    What I do not get is how you could hate something so much that you would you actively go about abusing a man public.
    Posting personal contact details , are you mental ! He has a family and from his profile picture
    2 young kids.

    IT IS A RACING GAME if you do not like it request a refund and move on.

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  24. Thanks guys. I have to admit that the vitriol and lack of respect for privacy from the guys here at PRC has rocked me this time. I’m normally immune to this stuff but posting my personal email, my mobile number and my personal pictures from Facebook is shocking.

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    1. 1. Send personal contact details to someone known for leaking “insider info”, even though there were several ways to contact him without having to bring your personal details into it
      2. Wait until said info gets posted on the blog
      3. Feign innocence and blame James for going too far as if you never expected this to happen
      4. ???
      5. Profit!

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    2. What’s really shocking here is someone who uses Facebook claims to care about privacy. It doesn’t get much more contradictory than that.

      That’s like a morbidly obese person who’s feasting on big macs 24/7 and claims to care about their health. I mean really, what the hell?

      On the other hand, I have to be honest I don’t like doxxing either, but as the head of a game development studio your personal details are pretty easy to obtain, and anyone who wants to certainly will. So what exactly are you so shocked about really? If you are a public figure who behaves in such an abnormal way this is the outcome you can expect.

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      1. The only way to have true privacy is to live on an island just by yourself. Otherwise you’re just fooling yourself if privacy is what you’re seeking.

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  25. Posting someone else private details over the internet in the attempt of attacking him after a rage, ….and for a video game? I noticed that you have problems, but James please contact a medic (and a lawyer), you are losing your mind, you are mixing your shit with the real life, this is not good.

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  26. So, James (is this your real name? or it’s Jenny?), you run a blog where you talk about simracing, pretending to have first hand informations on what happens inside the studios of Kunos, SMS and others, you write many articles bashing AC and pCars and their developers and when you have the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios inviting you to speak with him on the phone you say no because it’s midnight and you have to get up early in the morning? That’s a bad excuse kid. What are you ten years old, that you can’t afford to stay on the phone at night and go to work early in the morning? You had the chance to destroy the guy, to humiliate him with your superior knowledge, to force him in a corner speaking of the SMS secret strategies that only you know about, you had this incredible opportunity, but instead you decide to refuse the call, because it’s late? Was too late for a 30 minutes phone call, where you could have just said hello and arranged a proper interview, but still early for Teamspeak, uh? So tired and busy at work, but still lot of time to mess around with this shithole and photoshop to make this new blog post? Who do you want to fool?
    You don’t know shit about videogame’s industry and developers work, so you wouldn’t stand a chance in a live conversation with the developers or the CEO of one of the companies you keep offending and criticizing here. And this is why you didn’t take that call. No balls, no arguments and no facts to backup your nonsense. But it’s not a surprise.

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    1. 1. Google how much a phone call from Canada to Singapore is
      2. look at those emails and ask yourself if you want that person having your phone number

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  27. Dick move posting anyone phone number or personal mail on the internet for everyone to see. But hey, what can you expect from an autist. It’s obvious that is not a mistake from Jennies part.

    We want to know more how it’s *insider’s* fault for tipping you nine months too late about this guys relocation to some other country, and why this information is so relevant to our lives.

    Also how about you tells us more about Kunos buying Turn 10.

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  28. PRC is a ridiculous hate blog. Now it’s dropping lower than ever, when this caricature of journalist attacks Slightly Mad leader on a personal level. More interesting stuff in a reasonable meaning can be found on Project Cars 2 forums. The developers there take their job 100% seriously, and moreover they seem to be quite excited about their jobs. I never write anything there, it’s just so interesting to follow that all. There’s also a sub forum where some successful real life race drivers give feedback to the devs. Very interesting.

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  29. This forum gives disgusted, can not let a sick person bring to light personal information to harm, simply because it does not like his game.

    James is not able to put your personal data and makes the data of others.

    This person is sick and should be punished.

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  30. It baffles me why you guys would post someone’s personal contact details like that – you should at least have blanked them out so it was obvious what was being sent but not giving the actual details out.

    As for the other stuff, it wouldn’t be an issue if all you did was say you hated the game (that’s your opinion, nobody can take that away from you) but to say things that have no basis in reality is kinda dumb.

    For example, there is information all over the internet about how SMS is structured – they have almost all their developers working from home, all over the planet – so to write that it is worrying that their office is kinda empty is just plain dumb. They don’t need people to be in the office together because they work together over the internet.

    The stuff about the Asian push too – you may not have noticed, but the original game didn’t support any Asian languages, it was all the European ones, but no Chinese or Japanese. It’s pretty well established in the games industry that people in all parts of the world prefer to play games in their own language, and will often wait for them to come out in those languages. So doing a translation – and all the associated changes needed, like new fonts, support for wider character range, handling of different types of formatting, different needs for user interface – is what goes into an Asian push.

    And that stuff about World of Speed, wasn’t there some kind of partnership with my.com announced around the same time, maybe that’s what’s behind it all.

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    1. So if they are all working from home the game should be a hell of a lot cheaper to make, id love to see a breakdown of where all the funds went, not suggesting anything underhand, just interested to hear how much cheaper it is to make when everybody works from home

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  31. literally right below the comment box is the teamspeak server information. if ian bell really wanted to chat with James, or anyone at PRC, or hell any random person on the server, all he has to do is hop on.

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  32. All what you want… but what the hell this has to do with posting private data of a person because you don’t like a video game (that you may not to buy…).
    Don’t you see the guy have gone mad and passed all the acceptable boundaries? It’s not that he is like 12 years old.. damn he’s supposed to be an adult.
    This is crazy .. really, people are not aware of the consequences, mixing the real life with a game.
    He could face legal consequences… and what the hell did he earned? He could have turned this into a good thing, but now he will be probably forced to shut down everything for his stupidity.
    Seriously, I can understand someone going mad and rage… but wtf a little bit of self control and thinking twice before doing something, is asking too much?

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  33. Hello.

    Whilst many of us here at SMS occasionally read these pages with a combination of awe, confusion and giggles, I have to say this latest debacle has crossed a line.

    The post from a couple of days ago is just a conspiracy theory, created by mangling two distinct and separate non-stories into some bonkers gestalt bastard.

    Here’s a fact: SMS is built from the ground up to support home-working. This isn’t news. We have, what, 130ish people. The vast majority of those work from home, wherever home happens to be – London, Yorkshire, Köln, Prague, Canada, wherever. Remote working, spread right across the planet, works for us. It’s part of the DNA of the company, and – although I’ve only been with the company for about a third of its life – I’m confident in saying that there was never a time where the entire gang worked out of a single location. The commute costs alone would be killer.

    So, element one of the conspiracy has no legs.

    The other element seems to be that Ian has upped sticks and moved to Singapore. He has. And he’s having a whale of a bloody time. But you know what? There’s nothing menacing going on there. Do I know all of the specific reasons behind him wanting to move to Singapore? I don’t. Is it any of my business? Not really. Is it any of yours? Certainly fucking not. Has it made one iota of difference to the way that we work at SMS? It has not. Is it the sign of an impending disaster? Nope, not that, either. Quite the opposite.

    Although I do miss Ian’s lovely bald head popping up at the office occasionally (and it was ‘occasionally’ – if you think that Ian was at HQ daily, corralling and motivating the troops, then you’re very much mistaken; as outlined above, everyone’s already working from home), that he no longer pops in has made not one jot of difference.

    So element two of the conspiracy has no legs.

    With Ian’s move to Singapore stripped of all meaning, and the employee-lite office stripped of all meaning, what are we left with? Not a lot, to be honest.

    Ian offered for you to call him. If I were you, I’d have taken him up on the offer. Rather than spew vitriol based on half-truths and incorrect assumptions, why not go straight to the man himself? He’s quite a nice chap, and I’m sure you’d have had an enjoyable and memorable conversation.

    But this really crosses the line when you published his personal mobile number. Distinctly not cool. Proves beyond any reasonably measure of doubt that this isn’t about any flavour of actual objective journalism, and is rather just about some weird personal vendetta.

    You may not like SMS. You may not like what we put out. That’s fine. Videogames is a world of polarised opinions, exaggerated by the echo chamber of the internet. And sim-racing is a magnified microcosm of that. But we’re genuinely proud of what we work on, and we’ve found an audience that agrees with us. Those that backed us originally at WMD have been rewarded – financially – very handsomely for their faith. We know that not everyone likes what we do, and that’s okay. There’s plenty more out there in the sim-racing space, and competition benefits us all.

    But when it comes to publishing personal information on the internet, that’s not okay.

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  34. The fact is that the majority of the 30 or so core team members that got together over a decade ago to work with Ian are still working with Ian.

    If he was such a twat we’d have told him so and gone elsewhere a long time ago

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  35. In my opinion this Bell thing deserves all the negative response he’s getting here, it’s just a throwback from all the retard moves he made towards his customers. What a lowbrainer.

    Thank you PRC for showing the retard psycho mind that this arrogant asshole is.

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    1. It seems you kind of don’t understand what is going on here. James the journalist is the one getting all the negative response here.

      But you are free to believe what ever you want.

      Carry on…

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  36. Hello Mr. Bell, my name is neither james nor i’m your mate.
    Must be nice to get unfiltered response to your psycho behaviour and sit there all night’n day reading it.

    Here you are treated with the same words and form of respect you are showing towards former supporters in your forum where you named them idiots.

    It’s a nice read for me, I’m having fun, do you?

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    1. I think you didn’t read the comments of this article (and the previous one).
      With this dick move, the guy turned against him even his “fanbase”… it’s not that all the people out there doesn’t have a brain, there’s a difference between having an opinion and being an idiot because of a rage. Posting private data of a person, because you have no more bullets, is wrong, no matter how much you hate Mr. Ian Bell, or how much you love this James guy. You must be really a pussy to act like this.

      I hope he will face the consequences, because we’re on internet, but we’re also real persons to live in the society.. this is the real life, not a video game.

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      1. i am a friend of James, from long before PRC, but I think he messed up here, and I told him so.
        at the same time, you’re not doing yourself any favors. I know the anonymous nature of the comment section can make it seem like it’s the same group of people posting multiple times, but if you dismiss everyone as either a friend of James, or samefagging, as we call it, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
        yes, many people I’m sure enjoy pcars. many enjoyed it from launch till now, but many people were upset at the bugs, some of the features, and how you personally treated them.

        I encouraged James to publicly admit to his mistakes, you cornered him on world of speed, and then he totally changed the subject, but I think you should too.

        I understand that bugs happen, they’re hard to iron out, im sure you all worked very hard to fix them, but do you feel like the way pcars shipped was acceptable?

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  37. Sounds like the rantings of a drug induced schizophrenic, Ian are you on lithium or any other type of heavy medication or drugs?, you are not on the ice pipe are you Ian?

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      1. Keeping cordial at this point won’t change the fact that you acted like a dick many times in your own forum or just recently while spamming James with your requests.
        As a CEO of a big company you should act cordially in all situations. People have memory. Now you may fool only the fools.

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        1. He’s being cordial today , every other day of his life he acts like a asshole . C’mon Ian bring out your true colours , I’ve seen them many times , show everyone who you really are ……..

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  38. Ian can buy a new phone fast and easy, and throw this one into the river…i can feel bad if he didnt be a rich guy, but with money he can buy not a new phone, he can buy a ferrari whit a new phone inside, so dont make drama about personal info, this Ian bell guy post photos of hes kids in the internet, he doesnt care about private life, i was able yesterday to see hes facebook page, and he reposted today hes phone number.

    Probably all that is a plan, read the post, go in your nice car to the shop, buy a phone and try to call this idiotic journalist and try to make him to look stupid, dont make yourself a victim now, or even go to the police to cry, because, atleast for me, the one who sounds dangerouns in the conversation, and has the money to travel and make some noise are you Ian, so, less care about what is writted here at PRC, take the money you can and live the life, but dont try to silence the people, if people shit talk about your work in a blog about your work, you have 2 options, dont join and read and probably be dissapointed, or change your work…But try to intimidate the guy and call him coward for dont be an idiot and dont give you hes number…well…

    This is so fun, if yesterdey you had been a little bit more stupid, today we will have your phone number and a picture of you with a shoe in the head (FACEPALM).

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    1. Don’t ever dare talk about my children. I have them nowhere but my private Facebook, for invited friends only. You have severely crossed the line again.

      I’m done with this site now. There’s a limit that all humanity should adhere to, you guys have no clue.

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      1. Im not talking about your childrends you mad or what? dont even dare, oh my god are you crazy? i have no childrens im not famous and im not rich, and if someday i have children i will not upload even a single photo to the inet why? because this is my opinion, just that, i didnt talk about your family, not even a single word. Just about what i consider a weak privacy for a famous person. Im finis with you, i dont want to talk more about you or about that. Be in peace. Im off to play some rFactor2.

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      2. Maybe you shouldn’t be using a picture of what I assume is your family right now then, huh?

        Really, what is wrong with you? Your lies are endless…

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    2. I see he offered an interview to the guy, and gave him his phone number.. but he refused (with pathetic excuses: like.. I have to work tomorrow and I can’t be late!) …but then he posted his private info here on the blog as vendetta, because he looked dumb in his previous article.
      From any side you see… I don’t see anything “fun”, it’s the wrong move you do when you’re desperate: he painted himself even more dumb than before plus he did something illegal… do you think it is smart?
      Maybe he didn’t realized what he did.. but IMO he should face the reality and understand how the “real life” work, so facing a little legal issue may actually teach him the rules of this world.. or at least to behave like a man (he’s 22-23? …not 14 after all).

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      1. My friend, enough, i can give you my number, and you can post it here, then you did the ilegal isue, but im the idiot here because i give it to you, world has stupid laws, this is one of them, im not here to discuss about laws, because we can stay then all day here. He should have used teamspeak instead of joining that stupid “private” conversations with a guy, hes actions are not my problems mate.

        So fucking easy, join TS just click on this web, talk to him set up a private TS chanel, record it, make a nice interview, but all that didnt has that purpose so…its finished for me all that drama. From my part every time someone try to silence me, im going to talk more loud, no problem if i lost my life in the process

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        1. What logic is this? I’m angry then I post your private info on internet? …and for what purpose? How’s all this related to a video game and an article wrote on a blog?
          It’s like those guys who post their ex GF naked pictures on internet because they have been throw away… you’re a pussy doing so. Grow up.

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  39. As a someone with real life racing experience, not in my life have I seen such mindfuckery like this in my life.

    Honestly, we’re getting offended and upset by someone not liking a videogame featuring cars. This is why real racers laugh at the hardcore sim racer. Because we look like psychopaths.

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  40. Wow, this topic has become a private witchhunt on a public blog. Why do you guys not just come to an end or the wiser head gives in?

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  41. This is Pathetic.
    I already had an opinion on SMS and i m not a Jame’s mate but just a customer in the microcosm of sim-racing. This blog is an alternative. People are smart enough (i hope) to make their own opinion. there is no need to believe this blog and no need to believe others and moreover the offcials forums of the product.
    But when a head of a studio come here and contact the blogger trying to influence is view and experience, this is fu****g abusive. If the blogger has nothing to say about the game than anything else that the game is “the ultime experience”, he would have said that.
    As the COE of SMS is used to say : “if you are not happy : you are welcome not to buy our products”, dear COE “if you are not happy with this blog : you are welcome not to read and never come back again”.

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    1. I’m sorry what? This blogger started with accusations and utter lies, attacking whole dev team and boss. Ian Bell reacted (and rightly so).
      At first I started reading this article and was laughing how stupid this author can be. But later I got more and more angry. I’m one of the SMS dev team so I know all details. ANd it’s disgusting to read such article full of lies. And it’s really difficult to let it be.

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      1. I agree that this site and it’s speculations are mostly nonsense to get page clicks.
        However as a SMS dev team you should know that pCars is still a broken mess (mostly MP), lacks features that should be in by default in a proper sim, also features that were promised in pCars got “postponed” to pCars2. Also Ian and his followers has been insulting other users in the official forum. These are the facts that James mentioned few times already (in his own sensationalist style to blow things out of the proportions).

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      2. And I am disgusted with the product that you guys have released. Project Cars at launch was just as broken as Battlefield 4, and it still suffers from many bugs to this very day. The vehicle physics are nowhere near the level of your competition, and oval racing was promised for PCars 1 was scrapped.

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  42. NEWSFLASH!
    Jumped up wannabe internet journalist, with bug up his ass due to pCARS being “too hard”, picks fight with legally safe CEO.

    Who get’s f*cked? Stay tuned to find out!!

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  43. Hint for Mr. Beran & team: Maybe fixing project bugs would help.

    Another hint after reading Idiot Bell writing: […Don’t ever dare talk about my children. I have them nowhere but my private Facebook, for invited friends only. You have severely crossed the line again…]

    Maybe help your retard boss understanding basic internet stuff & privacy settings in facebook because his “private facebook” (LOL) is public and can be read by everyone.

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  44. Going back to the article.

    “This is sim racing in 2016. Some people aren’t here to race. We should probably make a collective effort to change this before it gets out of hand.”

    James, make a championship. Make a forum to organize it and lets race…I can help you to manage it, we just need to discus, the sim, and the cars/tracks, we could make road and oval class, and even some dirt.

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      1. I think the car’s the reason for that. Another V8 Supercar series on R2P at the same time had the exact same problem, and no one seems interested in the car anymore when talking about it. Seems like it was just a novelty.

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  45. Assuming you’re the real Ian and not just some douche using your name, was somebody actually that stupid to pay £10.000 during the funding stage of the game for a Ferrari and a dinner in a 5* restaurant with you?

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  46. I had loads of fun reading the article, but man it’s not even close to the fun im having with all these pCars shills in the comments section saying how bad PRC is -but they read and comment about pretty much every article-.

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    1. Wrong .. I read mostly only comments, as there is no value (of any kind) in the articles. I’m just having fun watching how far can human idiocy go with these PRC supporters. Your sincere SMS guy (can’t be arsed to make an account here or to disclose my real name to this pathetic excuse for a human named Austin ….. or James or whatever)

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  47. PRC is nothing but a clickbait hate site. I truly hope James gets sued to hell and back for the garbage he posts in the name of ‘journalism’. SMS are a passionate team who deserve plaudits for trying to push the genre forward.

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    1. James can’t get sued for posting the information. Ian not only sent it to him unsolicited but he never said it was meant to be Private but even if he did James has zero legal obligation to keep it private.

      He is allowed to post anything sent to him and as long as the information is rooted in facts and isn’t slander he hasnt violated any laws.

      Even speaking bad about Ian and SMS is fine because this is a blog. Its HIS OPINION and is protected by the first amendment.

      All you morons spouting off about James getting sued or in trouble might consider actually knowing the laws before you type out your bullshit

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      1. Uh? The US/Canada law covers it under the term “Private Fact”: you cannot disclose fact or information obtained privately (that are not disclosed already public).
        It is illegal in the USA and Canada to publish someone’s else phone number when you obtained it privately.
        It is also illegal to publish his connection information (in this case the IP number) when has been collected by the system/server (you are breaking the privacy law).

        Opinions are opinions (when they aren’t insults, that are also covered by the law.. even if they are written on a internet blog), but publish the private information of a person is not an opinion.

        Law apart (whenever I hope the guy will be sued) …the main issue here is not that he did something illegal, but that he did a dick and childish move, that is no way related to the “gaming world”, only because of a “internet rage”. This is so stupid that you can’t even comment it.

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  48. So just to recap what’s happened here:

    Ian approaches you and offers you to talk in a civil manner and your reaction is *this*? Are you serious?

    Not only is what you’ve done totally uncalled for by any basic human standard, it is especially absurd considering how incredibly patient Ian has been with you. You`ve been abusing SMS and him personally for months and still he’s the bigger man, offering you to talk it all out.

    And instead of manning up and solving this situation like a honorable person, this is your reaction? Sad does not even begin to describe it I’m afraid.

    Also, to add some basic facts to your drivel:

    VirtualR was never *bought* by SMS in any shape or form, I was hired by SMS to work for them, end of story. No one in the company ever asked me to post anything pCARS related or tried to influence the content in any shape or form…ever.

    Do you seriously think that if SMS would own VirtualR, the content would look the way it is now, for a large portion promotion the studios’ competition? If anything, the fact that VirtualR still exists in the shape it is now is a sign of Ian’s generosity, he wouldn’t have been out of line to ask for certain changes, but that never happened.

    Normal people would appreciate the man for that, the way they would appreciate the offer of solving this issue you`ve created with your site here. But it seems like you rather live in your little conspiracy theory world instead of reacting like a decent human being.

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    1. You ian bell/pcars shills are hilarious. Here we have a man and a company who lied to fans, banned people for talking about bugs, removed promised features and content and started a new game before fixing the one people paid for and you STILL defend him.

      You have to either Be absolutely insane or employees of SMS. I can’t believe for one second you are truly this stupid.

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      1. So let me get this straight: You, the guy who defends someone who posted up personal data of a person without their permission on their blog after that person has offered to start a civil conversation, you consider yourself to be one of the sane ones?

        Alright then…

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        1. I never once claimed what James posted in regards to Ian’s contact info was in good taste. What I did say is that it wasn’t illegal which is a fact.

          If you can’t separate your emotional reactions from factual information you really have no business attempting to debate anyone… Ever

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      2. You know when you call others shills or fanboys you just come across as hater. That goes for many people, not just you.

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    2. What are you doing here, don’t you have some boring press release to post on your irrelevant website? The fact that you of all people are here shilling for Bell is what’s really sad.

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    3. >VirtualR was never *bought* by SMS in any shape or form, I was hired by SMS to work for them, end of story

      This smells like a conflict of interest nonetheless.

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  49. The Slightly Mad Studios are too kind. Considering the false, defamatory and offensive material posted in this website against their company and their persons, they shouldn’t even discuss with these morons, but just say the lawyers to deal with this.

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      1. Posting public someone else personal data (Phone number and IP address), without his consent, is illegal in most Countries (it’s surely illegal in Canada)… I’m not sure where you live.

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        1. What about when phone books used to be a thing a decade ago? In there you had the name, home phone, and home address.

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            1. That’s a good explanation, and collecting phone books to either to printed or online form is most likely covered “in law” there too, it’s in Finland at least (7.11.2014/917 85§). The telecom service provides are bind to collect and publish “a book” in virtual or physical format that is reasonably priced to use for the average customer, it’s OPT-OUT, meaning if you don’t want your phone off the book, it will be there and it’s all written in the contract every customer READS and signs with their blood! 😀

              I used to “enjoy”, if it can be called that, reading this blog about what is wrong in every racing/driving game, but these latest sensationalist pieces of bullshit without any fact checking are really wearing me thin.

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    1. Are you that italian moron that wished drivers to crash and die at the N24 last week? If so, I hope Ian doesn’t use lube tonight before raping your mouth.

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  50. The industry is already dying. All we hear about are FPS, RPG and RTS games. And then this nonsense happens, WE ARE KILLING OUR OWN INDUSTRY. You want better sims? SUPPORT THE SIM MAKERS! Thank god for Alan at VVV, he does a respectable job as a racing games journalist.

    The SMS team took a big chance, working with the community and setting the feature bar so high even Kaz’s new GTSport cannot meet all the features pCARS delivered 1 year ago. Agree, things fell short of the mark, the quality was not perfect in all areas. Perhaps you didn’t get your $60 worth. Fine, I paid for many movies that also fell short. BUT I DIDN’T PUBLICLY THREATEN THE DIRECTOR/PRODUCERS/ACTORS PERSONAL LIVES!

    WTF is this mentality? Are we actually advancing our sim-racing cause here? No, we are accelerating our deaths. Please do not also next destroy Kunos, I don’t want my choices to remain iRacing or Forza/GT. It’s nice to have additional companies in this otherwise wasteland. People here championing Live For Speed…..when they hell was that game written? Move forward people, support each other! We may have better sim games in the future as a result.

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    1. Because one review of a game is not enough. You need 10-20 articles rehashing the same stuff. This is how you know things got personal with the writer.

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    2. Amen! Great post. With Forza and GT as the only options on console previously, sim fans should welcome more options. I never thought I would see pCARS or AC on console, it’s fantastic! I’m all for devs and publishers taking risks to bring these to a bigger market.

      I swear folks on this site hate every racing game made.

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      1. Ding ding ding!

        First off having multiple games built around the same engine is a horrible mistake. Second building a new engine especially one designed for complex simulation is a multi million dollar project. That doesn’t include building assets like the cars, tracks, audio, ai etc.

        The issue here is all these small studios simply dont have the resources to do that.

        A major publisher would fund such a game BUT since the community is split across multiple games statistics show them that no single game sells enough to invest the kind of money needed. That further compounds the issue because subpar games are released and that causes fans to stop buying which lowers sales even more.

        I hate to bring it up again but Microsoft did it the best possible way with forza. Forza started its life as a simulation engine designed for insurance companies and law enforcement to recreate conditions of accidents as well as simulate vehicles in conditions to help determine insurance rates.

        They then turned around and used that engine which had by that point paid for itself and used it to build a game.

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          1. Sure…on easy with assists and a controller. Play with a wheel and run simulation mode with the difficulty cranked and its an entirely different game, a game where hidden assists are disabled, assists that allow you to play with a controller comfortably and without crashing every 5 seconds vanish when you use a wheel.

            Forza is a game which you clearly have never played properly but dont take my word for it. Go ahead and look at the telemetry, capture the footage at 60fps and watch it frame by frame…or better yet play it with a wheel then go outside and get in your civic and drive.

            But what would I know right.

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            1. I have played Forza 6 with wheel all assists off and physics were absolutely horrendous without sligthest real life correspond.

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        1. Even forza fans in forza forums say that physics are simcade.
          There are also people with RL track experience who claim forza is far away from reality compared to hardcore sims.

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      2. thank you! Acting like PRC has ANY impact to how this community goes is absolutely ridiculous. All it does is rile people up. It doesn’t cause people to buy more/less games. JFC @ the people who think so

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    3. While I enjoy most of his videos, Allan at VVV is a pCARS backer and works with Ian to put pCARS in a positive light. Some screenshots of Allan’s posts in the official SMS forums can be found on this site. I take what Allan has to say about other games seriously, but not pCARS.

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  51. I have no special love for Ian or SMS. I bought the game on pc. It’s a good game in some areas, not so good in others, kind of like most games. But this attack on the part of PRC, while not unexpected, smacks of the little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar and then falling on the floor crying and screaming and blaming his little brother. There’s no “journalism” on this site, it’s simply the hysterical ravings of a spoiled brat who is untouchable because internet. It’s drivel pure and simple. Any legitimate criticisms of Ian and SMS, and they do exist, are completely lost in the immaturity and obvious partisanship with which the articles are “crafted”.

    This stuff is so bad it actually makes Ian look like the good guy and that takes some skill..or a huge lack of it.

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  52. I see, that if you are unable to make something, that millions of people likes and appreciate,, you have an option to write childish lies and constructions about people, that are more capable than you. You won’t be needed or appreciated, but you will get some temporary attention … hopefully one day you will grow up and start understanding the difference. Fingers crossed 🙂

    What I don’t understand is, why developers, who can really do something valuable, are wasting their time with furious kids with Pinocchio syndrome practicing their writing skills on internet, Appreciate, that they are giving a chance for discussion to anyone, even those obviously slightly retarded, but it seems they overestimated their skills here. Go to work on another great game guys and leave author of this blog to spend some time with his therapist and to grow up 🙂

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    1. ” I see, that if you are unable to make something, that millions of people likes and appreciate,, you have an option to write childish lies and constructions about people, that are more capable than you. ”
      Couldn’t argree more, this is what PRC is all about, this is exactly where these wannabe somebodys get their energy.

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  53. I see, that if you are unable to make something, that millions of people likes and appreciate,, you have an option to write childish lies and constructions about people, that are more capable than you. You won’t be needed or appreciated, but you will get some temporary attention … hopefully one day you will grow up and start understanding the difference. Fingers crossed 🙂

    What I don’t understand is, why developers, who can really do something valuable, are wasting their time with furious kids with Pinocchio syndrome practicing their writing skills on internet, Appreciate, that they are giving a chance for discussion to anyone, even those obviously slightly retarded, but it seems they overestimated their skills here. Go to work on another great game guys and leave author of this blog to spend some time with his therapist and to grow up 🙂

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  54. You know I don’t care what country the head of a game studio moves to especially when it’s news from almost a year ago. I don’t care if that same guy is a flaming asshole and will censor anything negative said in his sandbox. I really don’t care.

    You admit you saw Bell’s invitation to talk that night. And here you give the lamest of excuses, I had to go to work the next day. You could have said “Great, thank you, how about XX:XX tomorrow or later in the week? I’d like to have an opportunity to prepare some questions.” Or you could have responded with “You know what, I’ll pass.” You couldn’t do that, but that’s what a real news journalist does. Instead you let your ego get the best of you and write this piece of garbage. God damn grow up. This is not sim racing news, just another personal blog/diary/tabloid/soapbox.

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    1. Keep crying shill, Bell could have gone to teamspeak. He didn’t. Why would James want to talk with him on the phone, when he can talk with him through the official teamspeak?

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        1. So?
          The call was Ian’s initiative. Ian should have called James in that case instead of asking for James to call. I am sure Ian can afford the call. While calling to a number in Singapore is too costly for a gamer as James is.

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          1. Ian asked for his number and offered to call him. inb4 James replies to this post, I’m not talking if you wanted or not to speak to him at that time, this post is only to clarify the anonymous user above.

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      1. lol, why would Bell care about “official teamspeak”? Bell offered chance and everything else is just inability to accept it 🙂

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  55. I’m exhausted from reading the info and the comments and cannot believe this is what a community of reasonably like minded individuals create for themselves, whether you’re a gamer, blogger, developer, or random passer by, this has so gone too far from every perspective. No one is going to come out of this well and whilst it may seem like an important crusade from all sides, there’s a hell of a lot worse things going on in the world, in your respective countries, your communities or even your families to concern yourselves with than the waste of energy this has turned into. Time to reboot, move on.

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    1. That’s because this blog wanted to make sims better but all they did was feed more toxicity to the community. And the people are to blame as well. All this blog ever did was to give a bigger voice to people who talk shit about “adversary” sims, incited by the authors themselves.

      Here’s a tip for the authors of PRC, start reading this other blog and get some ideas next time you want to talk about how the simulation is in the racing sims, and how to present your statements when you consider this or that sim is or isn’t realistic: https://drracing.wordpress.com/

      If you don’t want to talk about that, but instead want to talk about sim and game features, then be more useful and motivate the companies behind the sims you want to improve by offering actual suggestions/plans and how much it can impact the players, not just a tiny portion of them. Motivate them to be better at these aspects, don’t start pointing fingers and only judge. Because anyone can do that, that is the easy part. Everyone can give criticism to others, but often they are not capable to do it at themselves. So if you really want sims to improve, be less toxic or none at all, don’t antagonize the players and the devs, cause then you’re just writing empty words and statements.

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      1. Its not James or anyone’s Job at PRC to pander to developers or teach them how to do their work. If they release bad games, they should face criticism, and if they cant release a decent product, they should change jobs. Sim racing is not a charity venture, we are not here to give money to people who come up with excuses for failing to deliver a good product, nor are we terapists to “motivate” developers. We are all CUSTOMERS, and if Ian Bell, Stefano, or others can’t keep us satisfied, we have all the right to bitch around, because this stuff isn’t free!

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        1. I completely agree… but bitching (or being critic in general), or say bad things about a game, is legit.. while invading others privacy and life, by publishing personal data has nothing to do with gaming. You are doing something illegal, for a fucking videogame, there’s so many things wrong here that you don’t even know where to start. How you would not understand a such simple concept?

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          1. Ian Bell gave him is contact PRIVATELY, not for publishing it on the web, don’t tell me that you don’t understand the difference? :O

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        2. But why is your criticism valid? If you can’t make proper arguments and analysis, why would devs change anything in the simulation if they think or have data that suggest they are right. Then just comes a random person making some crying criticism that the sim is wrong, the devs are wrong, this drives too easy, this drives too hard.
          That’s not how you make criticism of a simulation game. Therefore the devs don’t have to listen to you because you haven’t showed the devs they are wrong.

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  56. This guy is not doing journalism. How could we treat this blog as serious info when he said :”The worst site you could possibly visit for Sim Racing news”.
    How could people, and even the head of a big studio “130 people” take car of what this guy said knowing this.
    If not intersted just move guys…

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  57. I’m loving all this drama. You are BOTH a couple of pussies and I’d whip the two of you combined. I know kung fu.

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  58. So end of the story is that this Ian guy is super nice, PC doesn´t have any kind of problems/issues at all. So all are happy, slightly mad is happy with its product does not need to improve it, why then come here and search a conversation. You aim to convince this guy the game isn´t that bad and make a point, i´ll suggest you make this shit your hobby => search out the guy in person as he hides safely behind a keyboard and crudely insert some stuff up his ass (without vaseline just the natural way) because there will never be a reasonable conversation anyway.

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  59. It would have been enough to say: ”Look, it’s late at night where I live and I need to be up for work early so I cannot talk now but let;s agree on a date and time and we will have this conversation later, OK?”

    That would have saved us all from this melodrama that followed. I guess that would have been mature, even. Personally, I’d have picked up that damned phone and called – after all, after your less-than-flattering articles about the state of pCARS it would have been fair to let the other side have his say, wouldn’t it? That’s what good journalists do.

    Instead, James, you went for the sulks.

    Now, I am not going to defend (or accuse) Ian Bell here – I played pCARS for about 20 hours; I stopped because I couldn’t tolerate the simplified physics model that the AI cars had and their overzealousness – I mean overtaking the player’s car while doing 30 mph more than it is possible in a given corner and with all four wheels on the grass – that’s arcadish – but other racing sims/games have a thing or two on their conscience as well and in my view pCARS is neither better nor worse in this respect. Unfortunately, there is no finished and complete racing sim around and by the looks of things, I don’t know if there will ever be one in the forseeable future. I wish we could have something as polished and sim-ish as NR2003 or GTR1.

    And BTW – revealing Ian Bells’ private phone number when it was given to you in private is a no-no. Not professional.

    I still like you James, I believe you’re a good guy and an excellent simracer, just…it didn’t work out this time. Ian Beel has won this round, I’m afraid, won it by default.

    See you :).

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      1. but did the “boyfriend” say no or said we’ll schedule other time for a talk/interview because right now I need to sleep for work tomorrow? Or instead the “boyfriend” just let Ian talk alone and he decided to write an article to tell us why he didn’t reply back/phoned to Ian instead of not letting the man wait for a reply. This could have been handled much easier if James stated that he couldn’t talk at that time as he had to sleep for work the next day. But no, let him talk alone and tomorrow I’ll just write a big ass article and explain everything. Well, Ian wanted to talk personally with James, but James wanted to be the protagonist in this story to fill up prc with one more self-article.

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        1. Yes, poor Mr Bell, who refused to come on teamspeak, and kept crying for James to call him for SIX FUCKING HOURS, is that even normal?…

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          1. Why the hell you want someone to use a PC, install a software and go on a teamspeak server, when you can just pick your phone up? There isn’t even the excuse of the call cost (Ian would have called him), and neither to hide his number: Austin mobile number is published on his twitter!
            Ahahah.. you must be crazy! …or to be precise: it must be hard to find a proper excuse of all this shame.

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            1. Isn’t Mr Bell at work? Or he is there in singapore just kicking around? And who the hell is Bell to demand anyone to call him just because he wishes it? Nice try shill, keep trying, maybe you will be able to make your master sound less crazy… or maybe not.

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      1. You know you can totally forget about the current sims and go play the older ones. But no, lets make 20 articles on each, about why I don’t like the current sims or why some aspects aren’t very good or how I want them. Apparently the current sims are good for others, otherwise you’d see people flooding the older games. Oh.. so you don’t want to play alone those games? Well, ask iracing truce, then you’ll be a happy sim racer again.

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          1. Players in the last two weeks:

            Project Cars: 82,223
            Assetto Corsa: 61,556
            Raceroom: 39,128
            Automobilista: 6,999
            Race07: 6,203
            rFactor 2: 4,295
            Stock Car Extreme: 1,272
            rFactor: 1,272

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      2. I miss when racing sims were based on a series (1967 F1 cars, 2003 FIA GT, whatever) instead of this survey-sim nonsense, but otherwise most of the shit I see you complaining about in your blog is the same shit people have been bitching about for 20 years. Physics bugs, shitty AI, shitty netcode, missing features, etc. I’ve been simracing since Indycar 1 and I’m still waiting for a sim that doesn’t suck in one of those areas.

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            1. Haha ty but I gotta be honest I’ve never been a fan of my voice either. It doesn’t suit how I look. I should have gone to Muppet school.

              As for YouTube I really have no plans, maybe if I had more time but like in said somewhere on here I put up a couple videos just so I could teach myself video editing. I think the last thing I posted was NFS directly from the Xbox one and I only posted that because it has some crazy physics bugs and i had a laugh with it. Weirdest racing game I’ve ever played. Sometimes the controls are great and sometimes it’s like you have zero control at all.

              I’m gonna have to post a video of some project cars and a couple other PC sims i was told I dont own because apparently if you also play console games there is no way you can own a pc unless its a 5 year old laptop or something. A 5 year old laptop that runs pcars at 120fps maxed out =P

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    1. Oh god no. I never have or would work for Ian Bell. No I worked for a couple much more successful companies until I left the industry entirely of my own free will because I got offered a job that paid significantly more for significantly less hours and much better benefits.

      I enjoyed my time in the industry because I worked with good people who had a passion for games before it became about milking every cent possible from the consumer based.

      I’m far happier now though even if I do miss the creative aspects but I also enjoy money and being able to have free time and real vacations. 6 weeks a year with roll over and 2 weeks of sick days plus if my wife has a child I get a month off if I want it.

      As fun as game development is or can be its not the highest paying most secure job. I mean hell people who make simple productivity software get paid better and work less hours.

      Game development is more a sacrifice than a job. One which requires passion otherwise you will be miserable. I achieved what I wanted and moved on to greener grass.

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      1. “Game development is more a sacrifice than a job. One which requires passion otherwise you will be miserable. I achieved what I wanted and moved on to greener grass.”

        Please remind the author of this blog of that the next time he goes rambling about game/sim decisions and development in article after article. The more he repeats his opinion in several articles, the more it becomes a fact and is often linked as a source in the new piece 🙂

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        1. I might be inclined to but I dont see passion in any of the recent PC sims aside from dirt.

          What i see is a bunch of miserable employees working for the only studio around them getting paid dirt to make something they aren’t that excited about.

          I’ve never seen these companies promote their games in any form that would signify they actually enjoy the process or product

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          1. “I’ve never seen these companies promote their games in any form that would signify they actually enjoy the process or product”

            Kunos does promote their game on social media, but they also took the next step and invited both players of the game and youtubers/journalists for the Vallelunga press event. There people could try the game on the mounted rigs and also take a lap(s) around the real life Vallelunga (driving themselves or for some cars just passenger).

            To me this shows passion for their simulation, product, and its promotion. The fact that they are also working on popular features and content for new updates, like was the case with VR support not long ago, it shows their commitment to keep supporting the game.

            And when the car physics dev takes real life cars and compares them directly with the one in game, some would say is just marketing, but others would say is passion for his work and research to always trying to improve the sim.

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            1. You really felt an emotional connection there? Interesting. I saw a company needing people to give it money for the same thing…again

              We can agree to disagree there. I can’t offer any insight into that studio. They are far outside the scope of anyone I know or knows them on a personal level.

              At the very least their marketing machine was trying but on the side you also need to consider what was happening in their community and how they handle the game and issues with it going forward.

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              1. I don’t know what you want or expecting. You say you’re a great programmer with lots of experience, have you tried to actually produce a game as the size of a racing sim? Then you will see what it takes to market it, what it takes to have funds to develop it, what it takes to please people and to sell copies, to keep improving it for years and at the same time still make money to support that continuous development.

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                1. I dont expect anything. Yes I do know what goes into making a racing game. I also know what goes into making games that are far more complex.

                  That doesn’t mean racing games are easy because they aren’t but most of today’s PC sims are using the same damn engine which is where 99% of the complexity lies so its a pretty pointless thing to debate.

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                  1. Well, but Kunos developed a new engine for Assetto Corsa. If you want to accuse that pc sims are the same old same old, then just look next door and see that Forza is actually the same old same old. I’m not saying anything is right or wrong with that, but you’ve been saying over these months that the problems of pc sims is because they reuse the physics engine. Well, the consoles racing games also reuse the physics engine, that goes for forza and gran turismo. The only recent sim that didn’t reuse the physics engine is Assetto Corsa. Probably for AC2 they’re gonna use it again, as it makes perfect sense for them to do so because if they would make a new one, possibly the end result would feel similar to AC1, so is better to just improve it instead of starting from scratch in terms of the engine. Now for graphics engine, it could need something better from scratch, but that possibly is years from now.

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            2. To be fair, most of the attendees were YouTube kiddies who just sort of shout gibberish on camera for their fans and bounce off the walls. Send someone like Sev there, and the results are different. Hell, call the event “A Cup of Haterate” and invite all your biggest critics out there.

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              1. All the critics are just gonna say the game is wrong. So what’s the point? The formula abarth Sev considered one of the best cars in sim racing still drives well as in 1.0 version or even better now in 1.6, as is less grippy and can spin more easily when pushed wrongly, so is more dangerous when tyres are cold or when going over bumps, kerbs, or putting a tyre off road. And the bmw 235i still drives well as it did before when Sev considered it a great simulation.

                I hope some day you can post a piece about AC or any other sim you consider wrong, simcade, or dumbed down, but with actual analysis between sim and real life, maybe with some data/telemetry on the mix, that would be more correct for the simulation.
                Otherwise the critics will say “AC is wrong”, then devs will say “AC isn’t wrong”. Because that’s the only answer they can offer you. Because if they go in depth, then you will just post a one line sarcastic response and they’re just wasting their time. So, bring some factual analysis, you, Sev, or one of your prolific insiders.

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                1. Every new game and every new update is a chance to win over your biggest critics. The best way to show them you believe in your game is to invite them to these events, let them play and talk to them.

                  When you freeze them out you only add to the hostilities

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                  1. They can also try the game and the updates at home, they can write in the forum and can discuss with the devs there. Stefano and Aris do discuss the sim in the forum. In spite of any beef with certain people, both devs contribute to several discussions about the game and the simulation.
                    So if Sev or any critic really wants to come forward and discuss it as civilized people who can make proper arguments and analysis, then devs are more inclined to participate. But when you’re just harshly criticizing and dismissing everything about the simulation or dev’s insight, then you’re just making them lose their time, and your critique is pretty much worthless. And that applies to every racing sim.

                    “Every new game and every new update is a chance to win over your biggest critics.”

                    The biggest critics simply ignore what the devs say that improved in each update. The biggest critics say nothing improved and say the sim got dumbed down. Now that must be a pleasant and useful simulation discussion.

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                    1. First the forza engine was made by Microsoft not bought or licensed. Second the engine in forza 6 isnt even the same engine that was in 5. They share some of the same basic code base because certain things don’t change but with each iteration it evolves and gets additional code branches.

                      Got example since forza 2 they have always simulated things like wind resistance, downforce etc. Today the engine is simulating dynamic atmospheric conditions, air pressure, humidity etc. These things effect the very basis of the physics model of the vehicle itself and the separate physics model of the tires.

                      Capture footage of forza and watch it back frame by frame. You can see simulated joy animated tire deformation and tread wear and thats just a small example of an addition.

                      So yes forza runs on the forza engine but with every iteration that engine simulates more aspects of the world and vehicle on top of improving what its already simulating.

                      The only reason for this is because Microsoft started with an already accurate simulation for a different project and evolved it over time with their near unlimited resources. The engine team at Turn10 is bigger than entire PC sim studios.

                      Believe me when I say I want the PC sim genre to be the absolute best but the money just isnt there right now for us to get the best. When I say just a proper engine alone costs millions of dollars its not a made up figure.

                      What we need to be honest is for Microsoft to turn the dial to 11 and use that engine to give PC players the game of their dreams because quite frankly no other company can afford it. Even code masters had to scale back and rely on crowd funding for dirt. That’s not a good situation to be in but hopefully they take that engine and use it for more than rally. It may not simulate as many this as turn10 does but its a lot closer than anything else.

                      We are all fighting with each other here but we have the exact same want and thats a high quality highly polished PC sim with lots of cars and tracks for a reasonable price.

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                    2. Ask any serious simracer and they will tell you that Forza’s physics are dogshit compared to proper sims.

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                    3. My own experience in actual cars at speed says otherwise and I really don’t give a shit what “simracers” have to say.

                      Perhaps you could provide me a video of forza gameplay where you do commentary and point out exactly where a vehicle is misbehaving. Oh and run it split screen with a PC sim. Same car, same track, same tune both playing with a wheel and assists turned off with the difficulty up.

                      We will see how different they are. Let’s also go to the certainly not paid shill pro race drivers who claim every game under the sun is true to life.

                      One thing I do know is when I went to Team O’Neil for rally lessons their favorite game was forza 4…

                      Last year i rented a 458 Italia. Aside from the lack of gforce the handling characteristics were pretty damn accurate in forza 6 right down to the slip angle of the front wheels where the rear tires would break away at the same throttle position. Seemed accurate enough for me and just as important it was FUN and wasn’t a constantly broken bug filled mess.

                      No game is ever going to be 100% perfect all the time but the fact that coveted PC sims constantly receive tweaks to vehicles outside of simulation values should tell you something.

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                  2. DX360 is full of shit, rents a Ferrari, yet can hardly play arcade racers well let alone “sims”, and big write ups on forzas great physics on a sim blog, lol like going on a NRA page and talking NERF guns lol, ill repost this as think been lost in comments….

                    Im sorry I feel like a bully, but fuck it, why are you even here,your very clearly very much a mainstream race game guy, that struggles like hell to even drive those even half decently, yet you have the gaul to call “PC” sims out, I dougbt you couuld even get around a track on a sim, how do you have so many vids yet not one single race sim?

                    And dude not only your voice but your “opinions” on your vids paints you in your early 20s MAX, id say late teens, this whole story of you coding in “game” industry just sounds made up, especially when you listen to your vids.

                    Also your “boast” about a DDR4 laden 3000 dollar PC smacks of lack of knowledge, there is very very little gain for DDR4, apart form lower voltage, theres not much reason to buy DDR 4, infact a lot of tests by sites show ddr4 actually performs slower than ddr3, because ddr 4 suffers from high latancy.

                    Stop talking shit, and start playing proper sims.

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                    1. You can rent one too if you want. I had one for 4 hours on birthday. Generally you need to go to a city to find a rental place that has excotics and they usually charge by the hour.

                      Also I’m a badass at any racing game. Sim or arcade. Dont be jealou

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                    2. Wow such anger sir. Does not posting videos to YouTube mean I dont play sims on PC? Can I see your YouTube videos?

                      I’ve been a bit busy myself so I haven’t really made any videos aside from a goof video showing absurd physics in NFS.

                      ANYWAYS. DDR 4 isnt about lower voltage its about higher speeds and I dont know what planet your living on but it there are no latency issues at all. I suppose you have ddr5 in your PC yea?

                      I’m sorry if my expensive PC bothers you but like I said I use it for work and for gaming. The specs meet my own personal needs and if you had my PC you would probably sex it daily.

                      The level of jealously from you people is off the scales.

                      Omg he likes forza how dare he post here! Omg he has ddr4 dont you know thats stupid!?

                      Call your mother she will gladly hear you out about your station in life.

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                    3. http://www.howtogeek.com/238990/whats-the-difference-between-ddr3-and-ddr4-ram/

                      there is many more tests showing same thing.

                      Basic stuff, shit talking and bullshiting works better when you at least google this shit,yes ddr 4 can achieve higher speed but that goes hand in hand with highe latency issues, proofs in the pudding, the fact you claim higher clock speed but not higher latency shows massive holes in your knowledge,this is basic shit too, not even nerd stuff, thought a programmer what eva you claim to be would know.

                      No game is devved from home? again full of shit, theres whole recording sessions of kunos for example codding from home, among plenty more examples.

                      And the reason I decided to tackle your posts is that you have written so much BS as fact, also you quite frankly rediculus opinion about where forza sits in physics etc, claim pcars isnt a sim ( which end of day is ISI based engine) yet forza is? gis a break.

                      “omg I agree with hash here. This is news worthy of a dedicated prc article.”

                      Mate you always agree with me, just depends if you choose to lie to yourself or not.

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                    4. Thank you for the link genius. Unfortunately as I’ve said multiple times my PC isnt just for gaming. That being said the latency has zero effect on games. Zero. If I can play games I enjoy maxed out at 60fps then I think it works just fine. Doom for example, maxed out 1080p 2x SS 60fps. I guess I should downgrade from x99 and get a lower end CPU too?

                      In other posts I’ve given the required info to properly compare forza against any PC sim. When you take up the challenge and post a video then we can talk. Until then I’ll still have fun playing forza just as I have fun playing sims despite their massive issues and bugs.

                      Pcars runs on isi? Funny I thought it ran on physx…crazy me.

                      Also never said games can’t be made from home. I said a game like pcars2 wouldn’t be made from home. No AAA game studio would work that way. Its horribly inefficient and poses a huge security risk in top of slowing down the ability to test fixes against other peoples code. Every time you wanted to merge a code base you would have to download the entire thing again from off site to account for any changes. It would be slow and absolutely moronic to do this.

                      Yes its possible but on a large projects it would double your budget in time alone no to mention time wasted on fixing issues caused my multiple people working on different builds.

                      If you support a dev wasting massive amounts of time and money then by all means do so but when this studio folds under its own weight we will see just who was right.

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                    5. The more you writte the more BS you reveal….

                      “Pcars runs on isi? Funny I thought it ran on physx…crazy me.”

                      Now this confirms a hundred and ten percent you are full of shit, Physx is very rudimentary “plugin” for physics, in pcars it handles things like the leaves and rubber bouncing around the the track, it only effects the cars when they leave the ground,Physx is not a engine, or something you produce a game with, its a plugin, crazy you indeed, you assuming physx was a “engine” that ran pcars or ANY GAME is fucking hilarious.

                      Your constant assertion that AAA devs need office space adn ppl all to move to one location is funny too,its not only gaming, in pretty much every single industry where production doesnt require a office space, is moving toward more home work FACT, its like you are living in the nineties, funny considering you appear to be 15 years old.

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                    6. You misunderstand cupcake. Last I read project cars ran on an in-house physics engine built around physx.

                      No its not a rudimentary plugin. Its a technology that uses compute cores on a GPU for physics calculations instead of a CPU due to the GPU being significantly faster at the math.

                      Try again.

                      Actually go on for as long as you like the floor is entirely yours. I’ve spent enough time today getting exactly what I needed and I thank you for that.

                      James, I’m ready.

                      Night.

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                    7. “If you support a dev wasting massive amounts of time and money then by all means do so but when this studio folds under its own weight we will see just who was right.”

                      Oh and not a fan of PCars in any respect, biggest team and money ever to go in too a sim, and Id call it very average at best, what annoys me is they started with a great engine (ISI’S) and then 3 games later they fucked it, even made the AI worse, although rf1 AI getting on a bit now, it still half decent yet somehow SMS made it worse

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                    8. “You misunderstand cupcake. Last I read project cars ran on an in-house physics engine built around physx.”

                      Yeah they just pulled a brand new engine outta their arse in 4 years, Im done too, between your Cringe worthy Youtube vids, and the utter BS youve left on here Ill leave it for others to decide whether your opinion and “knowledge” is worth anything.

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                    9. Your a idiot, yet more evidence of that fact,at least you are trying to use gooogle/wiki now, they built a graphics engine to go with the isi motor they began with, as did raceroom,your experience in making a super doper “sim” engine (lol) should of told you that ya twat, physx is there for anything outside the realm of the vehicle simulation, like I said leaves, rubber marbles, cars flying through air,and is actually responsable for many of the bugs present, unlike you I get to know the product Im criticizing or praising.

                      You are a text book young console dweeb,you are so cliche I hardly believe it….

                      Claim to have a awesome 3000 dollar PC yet plays nothing but shit console games,check

                      Claims its that expensive because of super duper RAM check, ever since sony market the DDR5 ram for PS4’s console, plebs think RAM is the bees knees, when reality is its the smallest sum of the parts

                      Constantly getting shit wrong and half truths about programming, engines and game dev in general,check.

                      Showing insecurity over the fact pretty much anyone with a clue knows forza is pure game,check, it doesnt come close to what a proper sim can do in any way.

                      Bag PC games youve clearly never even played,check, do you even have a wheel? since you like vids maybe post one of driving a actual sim, give ya a clue, burnout, forza and NFS dont count.

                      accuse ppl that choose to enjoy and play actual sims as being “too hardcore”… check

                      Cant even drive for shit on arcade games, getting even basics completely wrong, check

                      Oh god is that a driving line, good god man, check

                      Bash actual arcade games for poor physics that were never designed for realism in any way, check

                      Balls yet to drop, check.

                      So cliche its gotta be a troll.

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                    10. Worlds going down …. I have to agree with Hash …. for the first time ever. I did a bit of google searching for this d0x360 clown. Yea, he may be 33, but he’s no developer. Just a guy desperately trying to get his youtube an Twitch going. Also he’s not playing any other racing titles except Forza. He plays shit like The Division. And he’s an avid XBone fanboy.

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      2. Your childish voice and youtube channel really proves you are an industry veteran with years of experience who left for better 😀 Like really ….. who are you trying to fool?

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        1. My YouTube channel is quite obviously a sma hobby not something I do to make a job of.

          As for my age perhaps I sound younger than I am but since I’m barely in my 30s and started coding when I was 15..well I really have no response.

          I guess I can blame my parents that my voice doesn’t sound old enough for you but considering my wife has also posted videos to my channel maybe you can watch those you might like her voice better.

          I do enjoy how you can’t actually. Make a good point or argument so you decide you need to make fun of my voice. Unfortunately I agree with you…my voice was never meant for radio or youtube. Good thing I taught myself how to code eh?

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          1. Kudos to you for a reasonable answer. On the other hand I was not making fun of your voice, just trying to point out, that you are trying to sound like an 50 year old guy with more experience than anybody else. While you probably has less experience than most in SMS. Also starting coding at 15 is nothing exceptional … more the other way .. most good coders start younger.

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            1. Well if you weren’t you by all means can, I do.

              As for most coders starting younger..maybe I should rephrase. No wrote my first working program using complex windows APIs around 15. I started playing with code around 13.

              When in was 16 I got a job in the industry part-time when I was 19 I was working full time. I left the industry when I was 31 as a team leader working on advanced AI routines.

              Number of years or age isn’t an important metric. What is important is skill level, efficiency, creativity, time management and in some cases the ability to coordinate with other depts and lead your own.

              I have plenty of experience across both small and large companies and should I ever choose I could return at any time.

              People with zero experience bring up something which I refute based on my own first hand experience as well as the experiences of a great many people I know who still work in gaming.

              There are signifiers that can help you find answers when none are available. For instance turmoil at SMS is evident based on certain signifiers. Game development isn’t done from home unless you are working on fan made mods. Chances are if your boss suddenly moves to another country thats also bad news.

              This whole thing boils down to 1 studio and thats SMS. How its fans can not even be skeptical is…incredibly odd.

              Also I enjoy forza. I enjoy its level of polish. I enjoy its community. It is by no means perfect but a game is a sum of its parts which is why its the game I prefer to play. Hence my glowing review. If project cars was as well made I’d give it a good review as well regardless of Ian Bell and the way he runs a studio. All that matters is the product.

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              1. “There are signifiers that can help you find answers when none are available. For instance turmoil at SMS is evident based on certain signifiers. Game development isn’t done from home unless you are working on fan made mods. Chances are if your boss suddenly moves to another country thats also bad news.”
                Seriously, how far wrong can you be ….
                The team at SMS have been coding from home for over a decade, because it works well, not because they are modders. Check through the credits list for the game, and then look them up online – they’ve worked on a huge range of well known titles.
                Many of them were already working in game development while you were still at school, and have remained in game development because they love it. (Plenty of people quit the games industry after 10-15 years, but these guys are mostly at 20+ years, and who would do that if they didn’t love it ?)
                As for the boss moving to another country, when your company is already spread across 23 countries, it doesn’t matter at all.

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              2. “Game development isn’t done from home unless you are working on fan made mods.”

                And that is where you are completely wrong. It’s what makes SMS progressive company and what makes people to choose to stay with SMS even when they are offered to go work for example for Playground Games on Forza Horizon franchise (which you’d probably take as moving up … I did not).

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                1. Truly stupid. If you actually knew ANYTHING about game development you would know thats not true. Progressive my ass lol.

                  Yes let’s separate everyone and make it harder to collaborate! No wonder the games are a ****ing mess.

                  ….ROFL…

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                  1. Although your comments evince an absolutely laughable stupidity, Maple’s (apparently genuine) appreciation is actually disturbing.

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  60. Looks like sim racing is on life support with how many people bandwagon and dickride games that are bad and shouldnt be sold for the price they are sold. Ian ive never bought your game nor will i but what im upset with you about is instead of addressing issues in your game you choose to ignore it. Now this is yours and James beef but when you outright ban people that criticise or try to address issues on your game they are going to go to an outlet that lets them slander your game. Sorry but this is your mess as much as it is James at this point.

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      1. Idk if this is troll attempt but ill be genuine. Gaming has become a part of the subculture and is a big time money maker but without any”real” legal rules and what not its like the Wild West with developers and producers vs. consumers battling it out where developers and producers are screwing their fan base on promises and features and it causes this kinda bs. What happen to when producers and developers cared? What happened to consumers who didnt want mediocre? Come on!

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  61. Hi all Ian Bell’s friends here! I just bought Shift, now I have all the car games developed by his teams, GTR, GTR2, Shift, Shift2 and Project Cars. Waiting for PCARS2!

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  62. Hi all Ian Bell’s friends here. I just bought Shift, now I have all the car games developed by his teams, GTR, GTR2, Shift, Shift2 and Project Cars!

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    1. Dont forget to install any gan made patches.

      Also I could be wrong but I believe 1 or 2 of those games were made before the company basically split in half with Ian Bell taking the bad half with the express purpose of milking people out of their money.

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          1. I suppose that means the days of your stunningly wit filled rhetorts are coming to a close.

            Be original for 5 seconds in your life before the cancer takes over completely.

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  63. What the fuck happened to this genre…

    I just want to play pretend race cars (and make engine sounds while I do so), but instead I’m watching a grown ass man, with a wife and kids, have some form of mental breakdown in the comments section of a blog about said pretend race cars.

    The last time I was this entertained/confused was last Saturday actually, when fucking Alex ‘Indycar is a stepping stone to f1’ Rossi won the fucking 100th Indy 500 with a fucking fuel strategy. Fuck.

    Thanks PRC.

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  64. Jesus christ i’ll happily call the guy and record it if he still gave permission, it’s not hard to just call someone, it’s no different than replying on the internet apart from the fact you have to reply and be ‘witty’ within around 2 seconds and can’t stare at the screen for a few minutes coming up with something clever.

    i’d ask whatever questions people seem to be afraid to ask. I’ll assume Ian may have changed his number at this point also so my point is probably moot.

    Both are to blame for what has happened so far and are now just doing cheap shots at each other which is a shame, if this was handled in a more mature manner it would’ve made THIS site look good as it would’ve been a big step for the site and proven it does do just more than write articles and it probably would’ve helped Mr Bells image as well, at least for engaging with someone.

    It’s now got to a point where both sides are basically trolling one another, it seems Ian has rattled the cage here a bit which is actually surprising.

    The whole privacy violin session is a tad stupid though for many reasons as has been posted numerous times already here. It does make you wonder if there is a sub plot, time will tell, but i’ll try not to sound too cynical with that one.

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    1. You don’t need the car to drive upwards to be considered a sim.

      So lets say they fix this and make it able to complete the loop ramp, then you already consider AC a sim? And how good of a sim? See, that part is irrelevant to track racing. There are arcade racers that can complete a loop ramp, are they a sim? Or do they need more than that to be one?

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    2. You can´t just push the problem on the game´s side only. It´s a modded object in a modded environment. Since the car clips straight through the object on half the way up, you should also check the collision object of the loop for not working correctly…probably.

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  65. Well maybe you should fucking call him? You guys could chat it out voice to voice, record it like he said and throw it up here. The amount of publicity you would draw is insane.

    What are you scared of mate? That you guys might actually get along? Or that he’d shoot you down to cinders with no remorse?

    P.S still never had any game breaking bugs and enjoying every race I complete in PCARS. 🙂 and thoroughly enjoying the new cars and tracks in pC2 as well. Great stuff is definitely coming… especially the live track 3.0 developments :O

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  66. What the hell, NeoGAF? This is me, and don’t you doubt it. I’ll come over there and whip YOUR pussy asses with my fu skills. Would that convince you?

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    1. Wow Dan went from one of the most genuine nicest guys in the industry to a shitlord all over a single article lol.

      It will be OK Da…wait a second Dan doesn’t visit Neogaf. This must be some kind of trick.

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    2. Yo yo yo, what’s all this smack talk, fool? Nothing worse than a ginger ninja claiming fu skills from behind the safety of his keyboard. Fact is, I would kick ALL your asses, Ian Bell and this James oddity too. Combined. All at once. Blindfolded.

      Anyway, when my opus GT Sport comes out, Project CARS, Forza and ALL other sims will vanish in a puff of smoke, like they never even existed. OK, the audio will still be terrible but who cares about sounds? Not me, and not the Sony suits who write my cheques. So bring your A-game, suckers, then kneel at the altar of PD. Positively Dayum.

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      1. Kaz, I respect your work, but you’ve overstepped the line. Yes I’m the Ginger Ninja, but I’m also Dan the Man, the G-Man, Danny Boy and Redbeard all rolled into one. Do you really want to invite that pain into your life? Anyway, enough chat. Let’s settle this like men: shirts off and a wrestle to the death. And to the victor, the spoils: undisputed King Of Sims.

        Let’s do this.

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        1. You little bitches need to put up or shut up. Both of you, put your knickers back on and go make me a cup of tea.

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  67. I don’t care for Forza that much anymore. I like the Motorsport season career and race weekend format of pCARS.
    Fight me.

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    1. Not to comment stalk, but you were one of my favorite Forza 2 painters, and it’s great to see you’re still around.

      Jamesways, Duffman and StickyDilJoe (sp?)!

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      1. Wow, thanks Michael! I think I spent more time painting than racing in FM2 much to the girlfriend’s (now wife’s) dismay. I wonder if Duffman is still painting…
        It was an awesome community back then.

        I enjoy games with a little more motorsport focus, but I’m hoping Turn 10 bring in more fan requested features with FM7. It’ll be interesting to see the progression of the jump to PC.

        It’s a great time to be alive as a console racing game fan though, this gen is becoming great for different options.

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  68. James its time to pull back and regroup. Also stop being so quick with the trigger (verify before posting, theirs not a lot of competition for breaking sim racing news i.e none.) your not dealing with dipshits and retards here. These motherfuckers know how to turn a buck, Ian bell saw that their was a huge gaping hole in the current console generation for a racing game (just a game not a good one) and he took his big old project cars cock and fucked the shit out of the market until it squirted that glorious profit allover his smug fucken face and for that I applaud him, job well done. He also saw that Kunos was able to make you look incompetent and untrustworthy with just a little disinformation, so he attacked wile you where still licking your wounds and you took the bait (if it is actually Bell). even if you where able to gain the upper hand in a verbal dispute he has his shill army to utterly overwhelm any area of dispute. As has been demonstrated before.

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  69. It was stated on several occasions that pCARS didn’t feature ANY Shift assets, however this is false. Certainly in terms of environment assets, there is a fair amount carried over from their previous title.

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  70. Assetto Corsa IS NOT a COMMUNITY ASSISTED JOKE and has NO COMMUNITY ASSISTED VALUE

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    1. Or SMS is going to fold up shop or move into something else in some fashion and Ian is going to screw the backers over.

      It would probably be best for the racing genre overall. He can tout sales numbers all he wants, that shouldn’t be a point of pride. Making a quality product should be and his games have been glitch ridden trash that’s likely turned quite a few away from racing games in general.

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  71. I agree totally sprooking numbers when at the end of the day you don’t give a rats about the community and the game itself , lacking any pride for what the final product actually ends up like.

    5 or 6 years to make that rubbish .

    Sales 9 million for NFS3

    110 million for rocket league 🙂

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    1. Correction: sales of 9 million for both shit 1 and 2. If I read correctly. Meaning pcars is significantly below that. I would guess 3-4 mil at most after refunds.

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  72. Instead of writing up your thoughts, questions and quips for an interview with Ian Bell the next day, you spend 2 hours writing up this further ammunition in a mud flinging contest? Come on man, if this is your magnum opus, you’re not being true to yourself. Yeah, he had a meltdown but you can’t just chicken out of an opportunity like this just to make this girly drama show public between a blog and a AAA developer.
    This is why sims are still considered games. They are made and played by manchildren.
    Are you truly not interested in a live phone conversation with him? I know I would consider this a missed opportunity if I were you. It’d be sad. And with all the running gags here, I expected you to jump on this train just for the chance to exclusive fuel for the fire burning here at PRC.

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  73. This is going to be my first (and possibly last) post on here, and (no surprises people) is directed at Ian (Bell)

    q. “Shut up you idiot.” – Ian Bell

    Now Ian, I am a professional who works across the pond. I have spent 8+ years working with the general public. I value my customers (all of them) – therefore I would NEVER say anything of that nature to them, especially in a public sphere. Saying something that odious and upsetting will not only lose you customers in the short term, but also in the long term, as people (like myself) can quote you (see above).

    I was also a member of the original PCars forum, and over time I watched the forums developed an increasingly cult-like air. Only ‘you’ know why you made people divulge their names as a requirement for signing up to the PCars 2 forum – but I can make a speculation: it’s because you wanted to create a controlling environment free of any and all criticism (a normal, healthy thing when done constructively).

    Where’s Big Ron when you need him?

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  74. This gave me many good laughs. Pure gold.

    God. What a mess.

    This is why you should let your PR handle your community stuff as much as possible and/or take advice from your co-workers and avoid exposition as much as possible.

    At the same time I’m thankful Mr Ian doesn’t think this way.

    The show must continue!

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  75. Lol. I deal with complaints about government for a living. You can always pick the complainant whose grievance is baseless or trivial. They write copious amounts about their issues, become so personally invested in their cause they lose all objectivity. They love quoting people. They’re so persistent that as time progresses their original issues take a back seat to their grievances about the treatment by those they bring their complaint against.

    You can’t reason with these people. You remain polite but ignore them. Without the fuel they eventually look elsewhere. They steadily become so unreasonable that eventually no one listens to them at all.

    The best thing thing PRD ever did was to provide a forum for the aggrieved. The comment threads elsewhere are now much better for it.

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  76. the byproduct of not keeping the mentally ill in institutions. damn this is funny. 2 retards going at it.
    Frankie say: two tribes go to war

    everyone else enjoys the shit throwing show.

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  77. While reading this i remembered the time, when it was ability for someone to take lunch with Bell and ride on Ferrari.
    I havent get this.
    I cant get this now.
    Even if its not real Ian Bell, he’s behave like a big rock star, i dont get it.

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  78. James and Mr. Bell it is, then. I agree with Ian, you should totally call him. Then you two wackos can give each other treatment.

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  79. 400+ comments?, what. the. shiiit.

    Also, if that’s actually Ian, let’s see the Ian over at the SMS forum confirm it.

    No phone call BS
    No timezone/muh privacy BS

    Just straight “that is/isn’t me”, and be done with it.

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    1. Oh, I’m pretty sure it’s him. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a decent profile. In my (unprofessional) opinion, he may be dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome.

      If true, it would be unfortunate, while also explaining a good many things about his behavior and portrayal of himself.

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  80. Is time for a new article. A shift of focus to something else. Either that, or really schedule an interview with Ian Bell.

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        1. Plot twist…
          Ian has already bought them out, and this was his big hit article to bring hundreds of new viewers and posters to the site …

          The interview will then take place with thousands of new subscribers, ian and James will become friends, no more real posts from James and this site turns into virtualR!

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          1. Further plot twist.. pCars will keep getting trashed by James, James will be “surprised” when pCars2 releases and crown it best sim available

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            1. If pcars 2 released and it by some miracle was the best sim I’d be Happy. It would not only show a complete shift in the studios philosophy I’d love to buy the sim to end all sims

              That being said if SMS still treated their community poorly and insulted them I’d say eat shit and not play the best sim ever made on principle.

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  81. Amazing how some people think Ian Bell is absolutely innocent in this. He acted like a huge manchild during this whole thing, and if he didn’t beg James for 6 hours straight while he was sleeping then this article wouldn’t have happened. Shame that the CEO of SMS is no different than some of the trolls in the sim racing community.

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    1. Note, installing WP and carrying over PRC to a new host is (relatively speaking) very easy and can be a seamless transition.

      The hardest part is getting the few dependencies in order for WP if you’re hosting it on your own server and that’s still going to be pretty easy for you to get running.

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  82. Neither pary has come out of this well. Do you really want to be a blogger, a journalist? If I did, and I was offered an interview, I’d try to arrange it for when i was available.

    I can’t do it because it’s past my bedtime?

    Shut this kids blog down. You’re not serious about it.

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  83. Jesus fuck. What a bunch of cocksucker James bullshit. You got issues dude. Sorry I haven’t had time to be more active in reminding you that despite your ego, you are just a cowardly pussy kid, hiding behind internet slander. Just go rim job Todd and fuck each other to death.

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      1. I am surprised you have time for this shitty ass site, seeing as filling your stomach with semen must be a full time job.

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