It’s no secret here on PRC.net that I’m not a fan of Direct Drive Wheels, or any high-end racing simulation gear for that matter. If you’ve been patiently waiting for an extensive review of a fancy Thrustmaster, Fanatec, or even an Accuforce product – hoping we’ll one day drop the pessimistic antics and establish ourselves as a somewhat legitimate sim racing publication – I can safely say that we have no plans to progress in that direction at any point in the foreseeable future. The three of us behind PRC.net are absolute proof that you can be extremely successful in the world of sim racing with entry level products, essentially invalidating the extensive marketing campaigns used by the aforementioned companies which promise a greater level of immersion and virtual car control in exchange for a four-figure investment.
For us, it’s hard to even take a passing interest in the various hardware peripherals aimed at sim racers willing to part with large portions of their disposable income, as the standard Logitech stuff has served us quite well over the years. When you are already at the front of the pack in nearly every online race your enter, it’s hard to justify upwards of $1,400 on a fancier toy steering wheel. I mean, how could this possibly improve the experience? You obviously need some kind of steering wheel to get the most out of a racing simulator, but if you’re already atop the pretend podium with none other than generic Logitech shit you snagged off eBay from a previous owner, what comes afterwards with an equipment upgrade? Zero-th?
And because of that position, it’s admittedly difficult to look at owners of Direct Drive Wheels as anything other than modern-day equivalents of Nintendo Power Glove adopters. It’s completely unnecessary. Now I do my best to stay out of sim gear threads, as well as sim rig threads, because all too often a line is crossed where the expenses of building a sim rig surpasses the expenses of strapping your ass in a race car, and jumping into the conversation to tell people that is just going to create an abundance of pointless arguments. But the few occasions I have combed through threads discussing Direct Drive Wheels in an attempt to understand this sub-community of elite gear enthusiasts, I’ve always felt like I’ve run into the gear snobs from high school gym class all over again. When guys boast about their new Direct Drive purchase, I’m not jealous; I’m reminded of the kid who bought a pair of Under Armor receiver gloves for our Flag Football month. I can assure you that we didn’t call him Randy Moss because of his ability to catch a football, and a belt-driven steering wheel certainly won’t grant you the driving abilities of Ayrton Senna.
And yet despite this – what some could be justified in calling an irrational hatred towards Direct Drive Wheel owners – I’ve struggled to properly convey how bizarre this group of individuals can be. I mean, I can sit here on Teamspeak with our group of bros and describe how direct drive owners are a bunch of clueless old men who can barely drive to begin with, have no idea how to configure their force feedback, and blindly follow ridiculous marketing gimmicks promising unprecedented sim racing immersion for more than the cost of going racing at your local short track, but I’ve never been able to show hard evidence of just how retarded these people can be.
And then a friend of ours fired this piece of absolute brilliance to us on Facebook – originally posted by a Boeing employee on the iRacing member forums.
I don’t think anybody on any sim racing message board will ever manage to top the sheer stupidity of this post. Here you have a Boeing employee (information supplied by our buddy), an individual who helps build America’s most prominent commercial aircraft – the 787 Dreamliner – risking his livelihood to absolutely annihilate his arm with his pretend steering wheel in the pursuit of immersing himself in a computer game.
Oh, you think this is all a bunch of bullshit; some troll account messing with the iRacing member forums? Alright then, we can play that game.
The next time you go on the forums and start asking for high-end gear advice, keep in mind that you’re literally among people who are so fucking retarded, they’ll completely botch the configuration of their pricey toy steering wheel setup to the point where it’s physically injuring them and forcing ’em to see a doctor.
At least it makes for a good iRacing story, right?