Muh Diversity

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It wasn’t until Hero of the Day went live a few months ago that I could properly explore how serious some iRacers were taking what is otherwise a fairly lighthearted hobby. Yes, inside certain iRacing sessions, you’ll sometimes hear people make sarcastic remarks about “NASCAR Scouts” spectating Top Split events, and cringe-worthy stories occasionally circulate of a sim racer trying their hand at piloting an amateur race car – only to fail miserably – but demonstrating all of this stuff out in the open for the readers of PRC.net was proving to be quite difficult. No matter how much you talk about specific elements and individuals of the iRacing community whom are going above and beyond what is appropriate for a simulated auto racing environment, there will always be people that flat-out don’t believe you, or assume you’re on some sort of irrational campaign to smear the reputation of others. That is, however, until we caught wind of Slip Angle Motorsports handing out physical Hero Cards at actual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events; an act that while admittedly harmless for all involved, was transcending into laughable territory for those who took a look at the bigger picture: a virtual stock car team had a bigger media presence than most actual auto racing teams.

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And yes, that is a die-cast version of someone’s iRacing car. You can get custom die-casts made of your own car thanks to dedicated individuals in the forums, but this image could be found floating around on a prominent iRacing team’s website, indicating there possibly may have been bigger plans for the future.

Now despite how many people are well aware that my name isn’t actually James, I still fly under the radar in quite a few communities, and believe me, I’ve read some of the comments that quite simply told me to “fuck off” for reporting on the hero card fiasco in the first place. Some iRacing fanboys called me jealous, others said there wasn’t much of a need to talk about it, and a few individuals got extremely defensive – as if printing out pictures of your fake race car and passing it out at events for real race cars was somehow a good thing for sim racing, and not extremely delusional behavior carried out by man-children unable to acquire a seat behind a wheel not attached to a desk. I mean, if there are people who are genuinely for this sort of thing, I’ll throw up a signed photograph of my Madden Superstar Mode player from a few years ago so you can make a couple bucks off it via eBay, but your average person is going to find this all a bit weird.

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Now despite the iRacing fanboys predictably being whipped into a frenzy over someone daring to imply that dudes playing NASCAR in their underwear don’t deserve a massive media push behind them, I made a set of unlikely friends by running the Hero Card article. I’m not going to leak exact names, and by obfuscating the identities of certain individuals I will undoubtedly draw out an even bigger crowd of skeptics claiming I’ve doctored the whole thing, but regardless, a surprising amount of iRacing.com Peak Anti-Freeze Series drivers actually came to me in private over the span of a day or two to voice their gratitude for the Hero Card post. Again, I will not outright list their names, nor will I drop hints of their identities via the use of iRacing screenshots with their cars front and center, but I will say this: a quick count, and it was basically one representative from each major team in the Peak Anti-Freeze Series.

It is absolutely hilarious how the rabid iRacing shills were so adamant that the Hero Card post was little more than another hate-piece from PRC, yet the drivers who actually matter on the service and are paraded around as prominent individuals who should act as ambassadors for the community… They agreed with the sentiment I’d expressed.

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But, and you’ve probably figured out from the above shot by now, that’s not all. Some drivers, again, under anonymity, offered very similar bits of supplementary information to flesh out the story behind the Hero Cards. I can’t exactly speak for the accuracy of these rumors, but I will say that no less than five different individuals – some of which whom weren’t even friends with one another based on my own, outdated knowledge of the iRacing community – regurgitated what was more or less the exact same story surrounding Slip Angle Motorsports.

As Driver #4 hints at above, there was a campaign to use this weird, delusional promotional push for a fake race team to help land an ARCA ride, and it completely backfired when real teams essentially laughed at them. There is nothing wrong with using racing simulators to help improve your skill and maybe prepare for your first steps into an amateur motor racing series using low powered shitboxes, but from what I’ve been told, the approach taken by Slip Angle team – hero cards and all – was awkward, and actually pissed off several real life ARCA teams. I stress that this is 100% hearsay, but I also stress that five people told me what’s more or less the exact same story, and some of them would never frequent the same Teamspeak server as one another, much less collude on the specific details of a single rumor.

So I began to wonder how deep this rabbit hole of delusion truly went, and how dedicated this group of individuals was to acting out their race car driver fantasies through the use of iRacing, and an article by none other than our boy Milo Yiannopoulos sparked memories of something I’d pushed aside from a few years ago – but most probably aren’t aware of.

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The formation of Slip Angle Motorsports in 2014 was accompanied by an actual press release for the team – which at the time consisting of Ray Alfalla and Byron Daley – as well as a lengthy announcement detailing the team’s objectives for the upcoming season as outlined by owner Lisa Pineda. Now, on a personal level, I don’t think we need an official press release for a video game racing team; all that’s needed for a team to be created on iRacing – or any racing simulator for that matter – is literally telling your buddy “bro, type in Buttfuck Autosport as your team name” and… well… congratulations, you’re a team! So, I mean, if that’s important enough to warrant a press release, I can do up some stuff for my Career Mode progression on Ratbag’s Saturday Night Speedway, but most normal people who understand that we’re all just playing video games with shitty plastic wheels, this is overkill. I’m sorry, but it is.

Yet, then we get into the actual text of the press release and subsequent news article – which you can read here – and the whole thing makes me cringe on levels not typically recommended by your family doctor. As Milo touched on in his article I’ve linked above, women have a tendency to just sort of show up into random communities and display attention seeking behavior at inappropriate times. In this instance, before we even know who’s on the team, what series they’ll be driving in, or what their cars look like, issues that don’t matter in the slightest when it comes to online racing – such as the presence of a vagina, or the team owner’s skin color – are shoved in our faces instead. Diversity! Girl Power! Social Justice!

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I could use this opportunity to go on a rant about women that would firmly place myself into neckbeard territory for the foreseeable future, but I’d much rather deconstruct the actual text of the press release. It’s actually easier to do so.

Oppression doesn’t exist in the world of sim racing. Unlike how short track managers treated Wendell Scott during his auto racing career, no official iRacing steward is going to come on the microphone, call you a nigger every three laps, and add the maximum allotted weight penalty to your car during the first round of pit stops at Daytona. And if you’re one of the admittedly few females chilling out in the community, such as the extremely talented Monica Clara Brand from the iRacing IndyCar Series, you’ll be regarded as one of the cornerstones of the community because you can drive circles around the competition. Nobody will be sitting in the chat box calling you a whore; in my experience, a lot of new guys actually went to Monica for driving advice and saw her as one of the most level-headed participants in a series utterly dominated by drama. Hell, even though I can’t say I’ve totally bought into the liberal ideology being pushed through social media, the few transgendered individuals I’ve competed against on Race2Play have also been treated with nothing but the utmost of respect by their competitors, and this comes during a time where a popular American department store is obsessing over transgender bathroom laws. In short, your plastic steering wheel doesn’t know what your skin color is or what gender you identify as, and your competitors don’t care in the slightest, because a solid 50% never even use each simulator’s built-in chat functions.

So for someone to bust onto the scene, throwing a much bigger media campaign at their pretend racing team than some real teams can even dream of, and immediately shouting things like diversity, girl power, and minority as if social justice issues matter in a computer game that never had them to begin with, it comes across as rather embarrassing, deluded, attenti0n-seeking behavior more than anything.

It is extremely cool to be proud of your hobby. In fact, if you’re a skilled competitor, a lot of people actually find it neat to run into aliens of not just sim racing, but any particular genre. A buddy of mine who lives no more than a five minute drive away from me is one of the best Hockey Ultimate Team players in the EA Sports line of NHL games, and it’s astounding how he’s mastered the game on a technical level – glitches and all. And as a sim racer who’s got a wide variety of people on Facebook, you’d be surprised at how mesmerized people are when you reveal that you’re “that asshole on the leaderboards with an inhuman time.” Just as there are people who are astounded by Dance Dance Revolution videos played – and perfected – at the highest difficulty, some find top level online racing incredibly exciting to watch. Don’t not be proud of that. You’re good at something. It’s cool.

But, and this is a big but, don’t be delusional about it. You don’t need press releases. You don’t need to fight for diversity, or girl power, or any sort of irrelevant social justice issues that simply don’t affect sim racing in the slightest. You don’t need to pass out Hero Cards at real NASCAR sanctioned events, pretending you’re every bit as talented and respected as humans flinging themselves around a race track at speeds quadruple the rate of what most of us can put up with. And you don’t need to try and find yourself an ARCA ride on your sim racing talents alone, pissing off real teams with real drivers in the process – otherwise you end up looking like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite. And people weren’t laughing with, Uncle Rico, they were laughing at him.

60 thoughts on “Muh Diversity

  1. Don’t shove your agenda down our throats! Don’t be so loud about it. Wait your turn! Sim racing is genderless and colorblind, you CUCKS!

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      1. “Sim racing is literally 99% dudes. That’s not normal. You could just ignore it but it’s not going to make it any more normal.”

        First stop making up statistics up to suit your very poorly thought out reasoning, second 99 per cent of horse shit women mags are bought by women, what the actual fuck is your point.

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        1. 99% is not a statistic, it’s just a short way to write something much more specific than “the majority of sim racers are male”. But in actual fact it’s probably close to the truth. And does it really matter if it’s 1 in 50 or 1 in 100? It’s still hella uneven.

          And the point is, the majority doesn’t declare itself because people are already aware they’re in the majority. Teams don’t have to announce they’re led by a white dude; people know that’s the case.

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          1. “99% is not a statistic”

            Perhaps not but its wearing the garb of a statistic and you’ve chosen to represent your casual not-really-accurate-number with the literal wording one uses when quoting an actual statistic that is intended to measure actual verified observations.

            I suggest you either reconsider your new short hand, as being too lazy to type ‘majority’ is pretty lame, or you reconsider the excuse you use for getting caught making up statistics because this excuse is pretty bad too.

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            1. Okay, what’s the next shortest phrase that means “a number between 98 and 100 percent” that the average person will understand correctly. The shortest is obviously the one I used.

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              1. Last time I checked 99 out of 100 isn’t the only way or even the most accurate way of describing a perceived but non specific majority among people.

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        2. And if something about sim racing is male-specific in the way articles about how to do your eyeliner to look like Hillary Duff or whoever is female-specific, what is it? And what does it have to do with racing?

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          1. Are eyeliner techniques considered female-specific because guys physiologically can’t do it? Or because 99.9% (heh) of men want nothing to do with eyeliner? I’ll let that sink in.

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      2. Ask yourself a few questions, besides “why am I such a fucking faggot holy shit”

        What do you need to be a sim racing team owner? Nothing.
        What do you have to do as a sim racing team owner? Nothing.
        What does a hispanic woman being a sim racing team owner do to further the cause of minorities in sim racing, as if that is a meaningful cause? At best, nothing.

        I’ll let you in on the better joke though. The people who participate in sim racing are of almost the exact same background as the people who watch and participate in the real racing of that type. Nobody is going to go “OH SHIT VIRTUAL NASCAR IS SO DIVERSE” when they don’t give a shit about NASCAR. Pretending your video game series followed by 100 people has any social relevance to try to get pussy just makes you look like an idiot.

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        1. – What do you need to be a sim racing team owner?
          Know enough people to actually call it a team, not “I drive with a name on the hood for the lulz”
          – What do you have to do as a sim racing team owner?
          Arrange a communication platform (teamspeak, private forum, dropbox folder, email list, whatever), set goals for the team, and make sure the people on the team are working on those goals
          – The cause?
          Representation, role models, etc. That shit does in fact make a difference.
          – Why am I such a fucking faggot holy shit?
          I’m a millennial, it goes with being born between 1980 and 2000 as far as I know.

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        2. >Pretending your video game series followed by 100 people has any social relevance to try to get pussy just makes you look like an idiot.

          It always makes me wonder, why do some people think people support minority advancement/openness/lack of discrimination simply to get laid, rather than simply being nice people? That says more about you than about them.

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  2. I agree about people taking iRacing too seriously and I agree that a press release for a virtual race team is laughable. I’m not some far left winger when it comes to social issues, but regarding the women thing, come on man, it’s obvious from several of your writings that you don’t think much of women and have clearly been hammered flat by some chick(s) in your past. I advise you get over it and stop taking things that Milo Yiannopoulos says seriously because I can assure you that’s only making things worse for you in the girl department.

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    1. James has always been a massive alt rightest.

      The second half of this article is really just him having some awkward outburst I feel.

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      1. If you wanna talk about awkward, it would be a good idea to start with the pretend race team owner writing a very real press release about non-existent diversity barriers in an online league that barely anybody watches.

        But ok.

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        1. I don’t find anything awkward about someone bringing up something they think is an issue, (regardless of how silly one could perceive it to be)

          Something that you have DONE many times before.

          But I do think a grown man angrily rambling on about identity politics on his racing game blog is a bit more awkward..

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  3. disclaimer: don’t take this out of context. This doesn’t happen in the real society. This clip is from Law&Order:SVU tv show (special victims unit).

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    1. oh and this video is a parody, with scene editing… the scene with crowd cheering is them watching a game on the big screen, not cheering at the intimidation that was happening in the bathroom.

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      1. I’ve actually seen the episode (actually the whole series, don’t ask). This watching this episode as not only a gamer, but someone who follows the CSGO pro scene avidly, this episode made me cringe soooo fucking hard when watching it. It’s so full of generic stereotypes about games and gamers I almost didn’t care to watch the rest. The only good thing about how they handled the episode is that they actually had a decent amount of “normal” people in the crowds.

        Also, another tid-bit about the episode, A lot of SVU’s episodes are written with inspiration from real life events (they had one that was very similar to the cases around Michael Jackson and the sexual assault allegations). I’m pretty sure this one was made after and took inspiration from the gamer-gate saga

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        1. It was, and the whole gamer-gate saga was caused by a whore who fucked game journalists behind her boyfriend’s back so they would write good things about her shitty game, and then the SJW brigade came out in full force and guilt-tripped the boyfriend for making Quinn’s whoring-around public. These people are a fucking disgrace

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  4. Good article,made with opinionated common filucking sense,I’m literally ashamed to tell folks I’m an iracing member,hell a gamer in general.

    But when you have a activity dominated by nerds you can’t not expect some weird shit.

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    1. I’m, quite frankly, a little embarrassed when I think about how much I’ve spent over the years on this hobby, and everything I currently own for this crap would not cost as much as that Samsung at the top. By my rough estimation, they could have taken the money for that setup alone, bought a rough but prepared hooptie off of racingjunk.com, and still have had some cash for some gear and spares and the entry fee at a real goddamn race.

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      1. oh, that would explain it

        if you got people flying out to get some, that’s some hero card level game imo, I don’t care who you are.

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  5. Erm, I looked at the site but from what I saw the only thing diversity-related was that sumple statement about her hope for more of it – which is fine with me.

    Feel free to point out where on the site they do any ‘diversity’-related proselytizing, though … I might have missed something blatantly obvious. Obvious to you peepz, at least – apparently … assuming you didn’t just throw a hissy fit bc someone with boobs used the word ‘diversity’ in one short sentence.

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    1. He hates women, and that’s exactly what happened. Hissy fit. Claims to despise SJWs but apparently is just as sensitive.

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      1. I think you’d be onto something if the entire article dove into the personal life of Slip Angle’s team owner and shed light on some of the rumors that aren’t smart to publish in this setting.

        But the article didn’t focus on any of that. The attention seeking behavior attempting to fight for social justice in a hobby where those issues don’t even exist in the first place is the exclamation point on what’s already questionable practices. You’ve got computer nerds playing an oddball NASCAR game walking around as if they’re real life race car drivers, and when individuals like that are trying to introduce sim racing to the masses, it paints us out to be obsessed, delusional nerds.

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              1. James did talk about it…

                As much I consider gender to be an touchy subject nowadays, I would like to state that hardline feminists are people who like to move goalposts – what I mean is that, first they talk about lack of representation of women in (insert category/media here) and once that is fulfilled, they proceed about objectification in that.

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  6. YOUR NAME IS NOT JAMES???
    OH MY FOKIN GOD MY WHOLE LIFE IS IN RUIN NOW!
    WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO!?
    THE SEVEREST OF BLOWS!
    RUN I MUST…

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  7. Yay, misogyny! BTW, one of those “computer nerds” as you call them is about to win $10K for the third time. I wish I could be a loser and win that much money racing my desk. lol @ your comment regarding sim racers pretending to be “as good” as real world drivers…yeah because a sim racer can’t possibly be better than a real world driver, right? Go home, OP.

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    1. The only simracers EVER to make it big coming from simracing was Lucas Ordonez and Jann Mardenborough to some extent and even those two actually came from a karting background….Both Alfalla and Huttu (world’s best oval and world’s best road racers respectively and supposedly) got their chances in real race cars and both embarrassed themselves quite a bit. Go home, iFanBoi.

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          1. I wouldn’t call that embarrassment when you sit for the first time in real race car and are only couple seconds off the pace, when he probably wasn’t even hotlapping during those few pratice laps.

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            1. He had 3 full days of testing which only consisted of hotlapping since he had to throw up after more than a couple of laps every time, that’s just embarrassing m8

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