DeejayKnight Can’t Drive

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Yet another article previewing NASCAR Heat Evolution by DMi Games warrants the exact same introduction as the last: After five years of utterly atrocious officially licensed games by European shovelware developer Eutechnyx, the team behind 2002’s smash hit NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona are set to release their first stock car racing title in fourteen years this September. Powered by the dated yet still incredibly competent NASCAR Heat engine – which first saw action during 1998’s Viper Racing – there is a tangible buzz in the air surrounding this release; a buzz not felt since Winston-branded cigarettes had been a major player in American motorsports. Yes, it took over a decade to get to this point, and in the meantime multiple developers managed to shit out embarrassing NASCAR products, but what matters is that we as NASCAR fans have finally escaped from the dark ages.

It’s just a shame that when the covers were finally taken off of NASCAR Heat Evolution, and carefully-crafted trailers had finally given way to almost an hour of raw gameplay footage, the team at DMi Games recruited the absolute worst possible personality to demonstrate their product.

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According to the content on his Twitch channel homepage, DeejayKnight is primarily a space simulator and science fiction game junkie, with virtually no footage of pretend race cars to be see anywhere in his past broadcast history. For whatever reason, DMi Games believed this individual – who charges $4.99 per subscription –  was the absolute perfect Twitch personality to perform a 52-minute demonstration of NASCAR Heat Evolution for the thousands of hardcore fans jumping at the bit to see live footage of the upcoming game. Unlike most racing simulators launching on the Steam platform, DMi Games publicly announced they would not have any sort of open or close beta program, nor would there be a demo, meaning these extremely rare and spontaneous social media sessions were the only chance NASCAR fans would have to see the product in action prior to the mid-September launch across the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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The 52-minute marathon broadcast was borderline painful to watch, and you can click here to watch the whole thing if cruel and unusual punishments have not yet been outlawed in your state or province. DeejayKnight is obviously not a NASCAR fan by any means, has clearly not touched a racing game in the past five years, and as a result he simply could not keep the car pointed straight – even on the Normal set of physics. Now I actually own all NASCAR products developed by Monster Games, and I can assure you that the Normal driving model has more in common with your average PS2 Need for Speed entry than an asymetrical American Stock Car. It’s pretty hard to fuck this up.

Yet despite this, Deejay struggles to complete multiple attempts at four-lap stints around Daytona, Kansas, Atlanta, and California – always ensuring to use the #19 Arris Camry for some strange reason – but the sheer statistics the game spits out at him via the heads up display are absolutely appalling. During his brief stint at Charlotte, Deejay busts out a 32-second lap time; five seconds off pace, and so slow that he would actually be disqualified for failing to meet minimum competition speed in the real world. At Daytona, there are occasions where Deejay barely manages to stay in the 140 to 160 MPH range thanks to constantly colliding with the wall, when real world Sprint Cup Cars are hitting the 205 MPH mark under green flag conditions. Upon arriving at Kentucky in his created car, Deejay can’t complete more than a lap before binning the car entirely, and causing a multi-car accident. For almost an entire hour, hardcore NASCAR fans – the audience that will rush out to buy and support the game the moment September 16th arrives – are forced to suffer through watching a completely random Twitch streamer fumble his way through NASCAR 2016.

How competent is the artificial intelligence? Well, Deejay can’t answer that question, as he’s driving so poorly, the game starts downshifting to third gear for him, and the adaptive AI slows to a crawl. How accurate is the driving model? Deejay can’t answer that, either – he can’t even keep the car pointed straight at Daytona. Do both tire wear and fuel consumption affect the car’s performance? Deejay can’t stomach an event longer than four laps, so we never get to see. Can Deejay show us the new configuration of Kentucky? Nope, even Kansas is too hard for him. Every possible question the audience may have, Deejay is simply unable to answer, instead uttering variations of #RIP to himself each time he tags the wall, as if his viewers are merely children whom have been instructed by their parents to sit in front of the computer monitor for an hour while the talking man pretends they’re friends and spits out goofy one-liners.

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With so many hardcore sim racers within the NASCAR video game community, and so many individuals who would love to show off a product like this to like-minded individuals, it is absolutely asinine to have someone so clueless and incompetent play the role of infomercial host when this is some of the only footage you’ll see of this game in action prior to release. I do not blame DeejayKnight for this travesty one bit; the guy is clearly not a NASCAR fan, nor does he appear to understand the basics of auto racing – but he’s not required to. This is a Twitch streamer who has an entirely different crowd, and is interested in a line of games that bare no resemblance to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. In short, Deejay fumbling around with NASCAR 2016 would be equivalent to EA Sports giving me free reign of FIFA 17 for an hour. It’s just not the right person for the job.

I will, however, point the finger at DMi Games for giving this whole endeavor the thumbs up. Thankfully, I was able to check this stream out at my own leisure, and could skip through the video until I found something interesting. May others didn’t have that option, and were suckered into watching it live thanks to the campaign by DMI Games on social media to generate interest in this event. That’s an hour of their lives they won’t get back, and none of the genuine questions they’ve had about NASCAR Heat 2016 have been answered in the slightest.

Send EmptyBox a beta key, and tell him to record a few videos in his classic format. Give Jeff Favignano access to a pre-release version, and instruct him to run a full-length race at like, Phoenix or something. Hell, toss a few keys our way, so not only can Dustin give the team at DMi proper car setup feedback, we can potentially generate interest in the title by directly addressing the game’s simulation value – provided it’s actually good. There are at least a hundred hardcore stock car guys who would love to take time out of their day to demonstrate this game to your target audience, and DMi instead believed that was a job left for some random guy playing through random crap on Twitch. If these kinds of decisions are being made by DMi at the most basic level, what kind of ugly surprises are we in store for when NASCAR Heat Evolution drops in September?

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90 thoughts on “DeejayKnight Can’t Drive

  1. I never knew dark black people were into sim racing?
    I didn’t think they could afford it or be able to use it?
    He does look very dopey so I’m not surprised he’s struggling.

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    1. I knew you AC fanboys were racists. But you filth are also pedophiles, rapists, and murderers so I shouldn’t be surprised.

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  2. I have enjoyed one nascar game , nascar 2003 , I’m not a major fan of the sport but hell did I enjoy that game ………

    The add for the game worried me , this worries me even more when the dev doesn’t pass it on to someone who has stature within the sim racing community or any interest in racing games whatsoever ……May be because its crap!

    I will wait for another 13 years 😦 …. I don’t get it .

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  3. I can already tell that this game has zero simulation value compared to rFactor 2. rF2 devs made a conscious choice to leave content to external modders, because there are so many series out there with their own set of rules. This way they could focus their efforts on more important essential matters like simulation value. Is it ideal? Yes it is.

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    1. I personally quite enjoy it. Not at the top of my list as our V8 Supercars are better, but it’s certainly something I like to watch and follow.

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  4. Seriously, how will it ever be possible to make NASCAR _simulation_ where you can be competitive at Daytona with a _gamepad_?

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  5. Well it’s not Deejay’s fault. If a dumb developer without any knowledge about the community wants his game to be presented that’s what’s happening

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  6. “#Blacklivesmatter”(?), think about it.

    I’m trying to not be racist, but I agree that there are better, or at least more popular gaming-personalities to choose from, so why else pick someone who isn’t into sim-racing, or isn’t as far-known/popular like FailRace/Jacksepticeye, other than PR-moves rather than technical/critical analysis.

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  7. NASCAR has no entertainment value and the simplified physics are well-suited to the series’ inbred, feeble-minded fans.

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      1. Actually, yes. It was. Most of it came from the GP2 races, but I’d still take a “boring” F1 Baku over an “exciting” Talladega anyway.

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        1. I have more respect for NASCAR and its fans, then F1 and the utter little bitch’s that drive that series (and a degree follow it), kinda in same boat as tennis players and gay arse cyclists, just manboys in every respect, Id take V8s, BBQs,guns and bad arse bitch’s (this is Aussie, NZ culture too,just on circuits) over rich fuck mama’s manboys running around in vacum cleaners on tracks with zero character in shitty arse countrys that threw enough money at F1.

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          1. So Nascar should happen in all countries as the most popular motor racing form, along with V8 racing, guns, BBQs, and bad arse bitch’s?

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            1. “So Nascar should happen in all countries as the most popular motor racing form,”

              Not sure where you heading with that, my point was interest and respect, the modern Nascars are basically old school v8s, built with modern materials, with plenty of character and flawed characters driving them, often coming up from genuine grass root level,and a awesome “spectacle” when there in person,pretty much what F1 used to be like.

              I cant stand the boring,spoilt, commercial idiots that drive modern F1s for the most part, the cars practically drive them self and are one step from being glorified Prius’s with wings attached,held in stupidly overpriced clinical environments and the whole thing is run by muppets.

              Its my opinion and not a order for the rest of the world to enjoy something, However I agree with you that V8 racing, guns, BBQs, and bad arse bitch’s should be most popular in every country.

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              1. I still don’t understand why you despise F1 and its drivers. I really doubt the “cars that drive for themselves” are up for anyone’s grab and be as competitive as the current drivers. There’s a lot of skill in them that goes beyond what the car does.

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              2. Forgot to add. These F1 drivers didn’t just land into F1 cars out of nothing. They learned skills and gained experienced in various other forms of auto racing. Unless you think the current F1 drivers were just random people recruited at a stop sign driving their road car in the city and then given an F1 car to compete.

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                1. Yep. Like the young Verstappen, or Kvyat, how old was he when he got the F1 seat, 19? Plenty of experience behind his belt, that’s for sure. 🙂

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                  1. Actually yes, he had plenty of experience you ignorant cunt.
                    While I’m in no way a fan of Verstappen Jr, he started racing with karts when he was 3 years old, moved into F3, smashed the competition, moved straight to F1 at 17 years old and now he’s 18 and already a F1 winner.

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            2. We loathe Nascar in Australia and laugh at it every chance, so NO we don’t want it here.
              But we LOVE Darryl Waltrip!!

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      2. yeah, I’ll agree with that. I expected more.

        however, I expected Austria to be boring, and it was really good, as was Silverstone.

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      1. Does the steering wheel actually turn or do you just lean like a skateboard to control the cars?
        You wouldn’t really need a steering wheel would you?

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  8. Nascar has absolutley no entertainment value (unless you like the sound of the engine and the smell of a hairy redneck plummer who is sitting in front of you). There is just no reason to watch Nascar, and I know all you Nascar fans are the idiots who think their Camaro or Mustang is the coolest car on the planet with its loud exhaust and brand new racing stripes.

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      1. What are you babbling about? There isn’t just the FIA over here. We have tenths of championships sanctioned by other bodies other than FIA. And even FIA-sanctioned championships are not bad at all.

        But if you want to play the “FIA does stupid rules” card, at least FIA doesn’t act like IMSA and Nascar rigging races to play favorites.

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    1. To me, it does. Way more entertaining than F1. And I drive a plain silver Alfa Romeo.

      And if you don’t understand how demanding a NASCAR race actually is for a driver then, well, you might as well go out and stick your head into a moist, steaming pile of compost for that is where it belongs.

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  9. This game will major failure since only middle aged rednecks are interested in NASCAR and they don’t play video games.

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      1. That’s cause no one makes NASCAR mods anymore, can’t remove them if they’re not there. The last half decent mod I remember was the VHR Stockcar mod for rFactor. It wasn’t the most realistic mod but the league racing was quite good, ran a couple of good sized leagues in Australia with the 2009 and 2010 versions.

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  10. The F1 and FIA cucks are out in full force again. You guys can go fuck yourselves with your boring ass Tilke tracks, while we enjoy our oval racing that has real entertainment value.

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    1. I’m sure you also enjoy guns and screwing your sister and are also an active member of your local Klan chapter. Enjoy your cars built with stone age technology and all that variety that oval tracks bring. So interesting…

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      1. Yet you Europeans are constantly getting fucked in the ass by FOM and FIA. F1 is on life support and this is the least popular F1 has ever been, while every great racing track is getting turned into boring Tilke tracks.

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          1. You forget that “American” people are in fact Europeans, Africans, Asians, South Americans. The true Americans are the native people that were there before other cultures occupied those lands.

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    2. The only good thing that has happened to Nascar in the recent past is that douchebag Logano getting raped in the ass by Kenseth. Oh boy, that Martinsville clash was glorious.

      But then you remember that they rig races, allow cheaters to win on a weekly basis and have retarded rules such as the mighty Caution Clock in the CWTS, the Chase in the NSCS and Cup drivers allowed to rape NXS kids, and there you have your real entertainment value.

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  11. FUCK F1. I am ex European, and I’d rather watch grown men going around in circles then some young faggot pay per seat cuck driver.

    remember guys, according to GTPLANET preteens, ‘F1 drivers are the most skilled in the world’

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  12. Sim racers are the world’s worst humans. Every time I run into one he becomes the biggest wanker I have met, then there is this site that acts as proof of my theory. I am good at pretending to be a race driver===I need to be a giant cunt to everyone. Absolute fucking bellend’s fuck off and join ISIS you’ll be in great company. it’s so funny watching the comments section on youtube during a live Blancpain broadcast, you all come out of the woodwork. Are you starved of pussy or even cock? it’s a fucking mystery to me why this community are so extremely high up on the megacunt spectrum.

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    1. Who are the black people? You’re talking about the ones that have different tones of brown skin? They aren’t black. Buy a black shirt, that’s color black.

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      1. Anybody darker than a caucasian person are shades of Black, caucasians are shades of white, its not rocket science.

        Cant wait for Trumpy to be running the show.

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        1. Be careful what you wish for. When Trumpy is running the show he will be calling black people colored people and laughing that we are all too politically correct.

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    2. And sim racing community continues to prove why it’s the most toxic community in gaming. You only have yourself to blame when the SJWs attack you.

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  13. Good grief this comment section is a mess.

    Anyways if you check out the other stream by people at the streamingplayhouse or something similar to that name they played a lot better than DeeJay. Nonetheless I winced when I saw at how the game was being represented by the stream. I do hope DMR reaches out to others for a proper showcase. Even though the stream wasn’t the best I believe that it looks miles better than what Eutechnyx put out. Not to mention they seem pretty keen on feedback on social media.

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