VISA Vegas eRace Descends Into Chaos *UPDATED*

feetEditor’s Note: Despite a VirtualR article stating MAK-Corp had been contacted to build a virtual representation of the Formula E vehicle for a commercial project, the team have came out on Facebook and announced they had no part in the festivities, which were instead handled by CloudSport. The article has been updated to place the blame on the correct individuals and/or entities, and my apologies go out to MAK-Corp for the blame I originally placed on them.

We all knew it was going to be a disaster from the announcement alone, but Nero did play the fiddle as Rome burned, and there’s a sort schadenfreude in watching absurdity of this magnitude unfold on live television – or Twitch, if you’d like us to get technical. The Formula E backed Visa Vegas eRace was billed as the biggest sim racing event of all time, and intended to be used as definitive proof that virtual race cars have a legitimate home in the eSports ecosystem alongside much more popular titles, but in execution, the whole thing just didn’t manifest into a product that has the potential to get people excited about what’s otherwise a relatively obscure hobby. An event that shouldn’t have left the napkin it was drawn up on, the Visa Vegas eRace instead left the eSports kingdom almost as quickly as it entered; all flash, and no substance.

Sure, ten of the world’s best sim racers are currently walking off the set with enough money to justify spending entire years of their lives in front of a computer screen, but the eRace was supposed to be far more than a celebratory payday for select drivers. Despite declining spectator counts for live motorsports events due to millennial’s complete lack of interest in motor racing – or cars, for that matter – Formula E believed a virtual counterpart was the way of the future, and used the Vegas event as a trial run for a full series powered by rFactor 2. Obviously, hardcore sim racers knew how this would play out. Falling flat among curious viewers who were willing to give the concept a shot, and suffering from massive technical glitches that compromised the integrity of the competition, it now appears figureheads within Formula E simply threw money at the whole eSports fad, and just sort of hoped for the best.

That wasn’t the smartest idea. The Visa Vegas eRace was a complete and utter joke from start to finish. Don’t do this again.

grid-girlWithin thirty seconds of jumping into the Twitch feed just in time for the main event, I was greeted by a generic grid girl walking across the front of the set, and the camera panned back to reveal an elaborate production graced by Dario Franchitti’s presence as a color commentator. Knowing how sim racing isn’t exactly a glamorous activity to begin with – the majority of drivers logging laps while sporting a comfy set of pajamas in their bedroom – it was a bit silly to see such an elaborate setup that rivaled most ESPN nightly news sessions, especially as this was an unproven eSport event with no following to validate this sort of ridiculous setup to begin with.

The absurdity factor got cranked up to eleven when close-up shots of the drivers unveiled they had all been sporting custom made firesuits for the one-off event; presumably to avoid the consequences of nVidia GPU’s spontaneously bursting into flames. Readers of PRC.net know full well I’m not cool with sim racers who immerse themselves in their delusions and truly believe they’re just as relevant as real race car drivers, but in this instance I can forgive them for merely being forced to play along with Formula E’s ludicrous bullshit considering how much prize money was on the line.

What I can’t forgive, however, is how little personality each of the drivers exhibited on camera. While I understand that Finnish residents are known all over the planet for their lack of emotion, it was hard as a viewer to find a sim racer to get behind for this event due to how unexciting each of the drivers were. They all looked like they’d been yanked straight out of an IT job and placed into an elaborate sim rig for some sort of promo event. Aside from the guy who took his pedostache in stride (major props on that one), and the commentators repeatedly mentioning Greger Huttu as ,“the greatest sim racer ever” without once elaborating upon his previous accomplishments, it was very difficult as an audience member to say “I want driver X to win.” The race hadn’t even started yet, and I already didn’t care about the results. There are entry level college courses that teach you the basics of story telling – such as introducing your characters and letting the audience know why this event was important to them – and yet a company as large as Formula E had failed at conveying these simple concepts on a goddamn Twitch broadcast.

This problem was magnified by the fact that the race wouldn’t start for quite some time, and generic promotional material was used as filler during the unscheduled delay. The broadcast was met with a twenty minute stoppage right as the main event was about to commence, and tech officials could be seen kneeling next to the drivers trying to rectify problems with the software. It was very amateurish for such a mammoth presentation that acted as the bastion of sim racing to the eSports community.

firefox-2017-01-07-17-23-17-60Once rectified, the trio of commentators were not made aware the software gremlins had been ironed out by Formula E technical staff members, meaning the first few corners were accompanied by bland pre-race babble rather than genuine enthusiasm over the start of the competition, and it quickly set in that this would most certainly not be the launch of a new era in sim racing. Polesitter Bono Huis checked out from the rest of the field almost immediately, and the complete lack of any on-track excitement made the shortcomings of the endeavor even more apparent than they would have been otherwise

firefox-2017-01-07-17-42-58-12Powered by Studio 397’s rFactor 2 software, using a car model developed by the almighty MAK-Corp – a team known within the sim racing community for inaccurate cars lapping several seconds faster than their real life counterparts – and with physics handled by Cloudsport (not exactly a major player in the rFactor 2 world) the raw gameplay looked atrocious, to put it nicely. With poor lighting and blocky trackside objects stealing the show, the quality of rFactor 2’s thermodynamic tire model was simply not conveyed in the slightest through the Twitch broadcast. It looked more like a PlayStation 2 game, and that’s not going to win over an audience a decade after the PlayStation 3 launched.

A few minutes into the race, Dario Franchitti mentioned that all of the cars on the grid had been using a fixed setup, which is absolutely nonsensical considering the qualifying rounds allowed sim racers to dial in their car based on their own driving preferences, and the default setup pre-packaged with most simulator cars is literally a random batch of numbers placed somewhere between the minimum and maximum value of each specific setting. Formula E essentially wanted to hold a massive sim racing competition for the best sim racers in the world, but wouldn’t even let their participants treat it as the racing simulator they had qualified with.

Just think about how absolutely fucking retarded that is.simulator-damageLap ten saw multiple front-running cars involved in a massive wreck in turn one, which should have ended the races of all involved, but viewers were instead shocked when these vehicles warped back through the barriers they flew over, and continued on as if nothing had happened. According to sim racing YouTube personality EmptyBox, the word “carnage” was promptly banned in the accompanying chat box, as Formula E struggle to control what was becoming an all-out shitshow.

Nothing says “serious online competition” like censoring your own audience for literally talking about what was occurring on screen among other viewers. We were reaching critical mass in terms of how poorly “the biggest event in sim racing” could go, and it was only the halfway point. Bono Huis was blowing everybody out, creating an absolute snoozer of a race for those who cared about the actual racing portion, none of the ten thousand viewers could stomach the ancient visuals, and moderators finally had to censor the chat box because they’d had enough of people ripping on the driving standards. Visa and Formula E were about to give away a million dollars in prize money, on top of spending hundreds of thousands to host this event, only for it to be a complete and utter shitshow.

pit-lelAs the mandatory pit stop rolled around and drivers flew into pit lane for a car swap – which certainly wasn’t a car swap on screen, but a generic rFactor 2 stop for tires and fuel – fans lit up the chat and began openly mocking the poor quality of the simulator. Hell, some fans didn’t even know there was a pit stop occurring, because there was no goddamn pit crew to imply that’s what was going on. Real world Formula E racer Felix Rosenqvist was in the process of reeling in Bono Huis to challenge for the top spot, but nobody was sure if this attack would amount to anything, as there had been very little noteworthy on-track action to speak of, and the layout of the fictitious Vegas circuit offered very few – if any – legitimate overtaking zones. Provided Huis didn’t shout Allahu Akbar  and smash head-on into a wall for comedic relief from this dreadful event, he had the thing wrapped up.

Then Olli Pahkala started posting lap times two seconds faster than anyone had registered over the course of the entire weekend.

fan-boostFormula E’s most controversial gimmick is undoubtedly the Fan Boost promotion, where those following the series can literally visit a website prior to each round of the championship and vote on a driver who will be granted a five-second, single use turbo boost for the upcoming event. Virtually everyone shit on the concept when it was first announced, yet it still remains in the rule book to this day – even more proof that the brass within the FIA just don’t understand their own audience in the slightest.

fuck-you-fiaThis gimmick was implemented into the Visa Vegas eRace as well, with Olli Pahkala one of the three drivers receiving an extra shot of power undoubtedly thanks to his close friends on iRacing going hard in the paint on Twitter. However, instead of the Fan Boost functionality giving Olli six seconds of additional engine power, CloudSport presumably fucked up when building the rFactor 2 mod used for the event, and Olli was able to keep mashing the boost button, over and over again. There were no third party injections involved, nor was there a phantom USB stick plugged into the rear of his PC, just a sim racer exploiting a shitty mod built by a team who have demonstrated time and time again that their rFactor 2 releases are junk.

Pahkala decimated the other eighteen participants, posting six laps in a row, two seconds faster than any other time registered through the weekend, blowing out Bono Huis’ track record qualifying lap in the middle of a fuel run, and pulling away to a cool $200,000 USD that royally pissed off all ten thousand viewers spectating the event. The biggest event in the history of sim racing, one which was initially meant to establish this little genre as a genuine eSport (complete with a full series planned in the future), had instead been decided by people voting in a poll on Twitter. Compared to the other drivers, the fan boost produced such a massive increase in power, the rest of the competitors were sitting ducks.

Viewers were furious, and these weren’t just assmad fanboys upset that it wasn’t iRacing or Assetto Corsa used for the competition. Formula E provided live timing during the event, and long before Pahkala had crossed the finish line & been declared the victor, avid sim racers realized the integrity of the competition had been jeopardized.

six-lapsOlli Pahkala was awarded the top spot on the podium despite never being in contention for a large portion of the race, and clearly benefiting from an issues with the software brought on by a meaningless Twitter gimmick that should have never been implemented in a test of driving skill in the first place, with shots straight out of Las Vegas Nevada depicting an obviously frustrated Bono Huis. I’m sure his mom will probably give him shit for looking like a mad cunt in these photos and not acting like a professional regardless of the circumstances, but the dude has every right to be pissed the fuck off.

Formula E hosted what was supposed to be the biggest competition in the history of sim racing, yet the outcome was determined by a popularity contest on Twitter, and some guy taking advantage of flaws in a car built by a shitty rFactor 2 mod team, clearly demonstrating Formula E and Visa had no idea what the fuck they were doing at any point during this endeavor.

c1nhxzfxcaqqkpp-jpg-largeThis gets worse.

Huis threw a completely justifiable hissy fit at the stewards, begging them to review the software – as well as the lap times – because all ten thousand viewers watching at home knew precisely what had happened. A Twitter poll won Olli Pahkala the race, and the increase in horsepower didn’t even work as it was supposed to. To rectify the problem, the FIA stewards promptly issued a twelve second penalty to race winner Pahkala, handing the win to Huis.

penaltyNow the FIA stewards were in even deeper shit. On top of using an outdated piece of software none of the viewers found compelling in the slightest, and determining the winner of the competition with a Twitter poll, they penalized a guy who wasn’t actually cheating, but in a fantastic display of heads-up driving realized CloudSport royally fucked something with ten laps left in the biggest sim race of his life, and abused Formula E’s own incompetence in choosing a content creator to dominate the competition. On what planet do you penalize a driver for merely making the most out of the organizer’s incompetence?

Olli Pahkala won the race because Formula E couldn’t do half an hour’s worth of research when it came to holding an online sim racing competition, and had a six figure payday taken away from him because CloudSport are shit and the FIA stewards were outright embarrassed at how things had gone. Studio 397 said so.

mak-corp-sucksBono Huis was officially confirmed to be the event champion roughly an hour later by event organizers, with their social media pages conveniently leaving why the guy in third on the broadcast was suddenly awarded first prize. Obviously he’s all smiles now given how much $200,000 USD can do for any single person on the planet, but how we got to that point, and what this was all supposed to do for sim racing in the long run, will warrant a much different response than Bono’s happy mug.

c1nswpjxcae2vqiLet’s start with the obvious; Formula E and Visa have more money than brains. That much is apparent. Despite all of the message board chatter painting CloudSport out to be an incompetent mod team, two giant entities threw a mountain of money at amateur rFactor 2 modders to create pieces of content that would be used in a competition with one million dollars in prize money handed out to the participants. These guys can’t even get the right people to conduct a virtual racing event without everything going awry, so it makes you wonder how many boneheaded decisions are made behind closed doors when it comes to the real thing, whether it be Formula E, or Formula One? You know, the biggest racing series in the world.

maxresdefaultBut onto the core topic of discussion, this event was supposed to launch sim racing into the eSports scene in a pretty profound way. There were vague hints at plans to conduct a full season of competition alongside the real Formula E championship in the future, marking the first time sim racing would be in the spotlight and listed among titles such as League of Legends in terms of legitimate eSports parterned with major corporations. Judging by the audience reaction to this clusterfuck of an event, Formula E would be foolish to continue with these plans, regardless of what deals have already been made behind the scenes. Viewers laughed at the awful graphics, poked fun at unexciting personalities during the trophy presentations, and aggressively berated the overall production, forcing moderators to begin censoring discussion of the event while it was still underway, before users launched into an all-out assault when the champion was determined by a Twitter poll and an improperly constructed virtual car.

If Formula E move forward and introduce a full season of eSports competition after this landmark disaster, it’s merely definitive proof the executives in charge of making decisions for the brand have lost all touch with reality. The Visa Vegas eRace was an embarrassment both to eSports, and to sim racing; an ambitious project that at no point was a captivating viewing experience any sane person would want more of.

I do not want to extend a genuine round of applause to just Bono Huis for taking home the top prize in the Visa Vegas eRace, but to all fellow sim racers who rolled off the grid; putting up with Formula E’s never-ending series of bullshit decisions must have been infinitely more challenging than 20 laps in a shitty CloudSport mod.

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92 thoughts on “VISA Vegas eRace Descends Into Chaos *UPDATED*

  1. I mean, if they continue to produce races like this, I’m okay with it. As long as they keep trying to improve and make it into a series worth watching, unlike this race, which was an untested, unproven concept put on the world stage with a fucking million bucks as prize cash.

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  2. Thanks for sparing me the pain to watch this shit show, as yous saw it coming and warned us before.
    I would be curious to hear what real Formula E drivers thought of this, but they are probably not allowed to speak their mind frealy. Same for the sim drivers who competed.
    At least now I understand why even the last one of them took 20k $. That”s enough to keep everyone’s mouth shut.

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  3. Missed the event today. But the prediction is right, and now sim racing won’t become the one of genres included in the eSports. Probably for now.

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  4. Honestly, Austin, if anything, you need to learn to be open minded.

    Just because the first round of eSport spotlight didn’t go so well for sim racing, it still has plenty of potential and downplaying like you do is awfully … backwards, I guess. Wouldn’t you want to be able to race for money?

    If Formula E has the backing of Visa and is willing to push the eSport side of sim racing, buckle up. Because it might just be worth it.

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      1. The big difference is that iRacing is trying to do this from the bottom up, knocking on motorsport organization’s door to try to get sim racing part of their sport. FE are doing this the other way around, looking to integrate eSports into their new fangled digital generation of motor race fans. I saw this as a proof of concept, the details of the event itself are less important than what can be taken away for potential development of a future eSports competition.

        The fact the real world drivers integrated more closely with the sim racers in terms of performance than we might have expected (I feared the sim racers would disappear up the road and the real world drivers would muck about as “it isn’t like the real thing you know”) would probably be considered a success. The details that we as sim racers get hung up about probably don’t matter in the big picture corporate exec view of things. They will matter going forward but conceptually it was probably sound. I don’t think this was the last chance at all. Of course if they do go ahead and partner up with someone to do this in a big way, whatever sim they choose will create a shitstorm between the factions of our beloved community!

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  5. Wasn’t it supposed to be double the length instead of the 20 laps? Anyway, out of all the sh*tshow moments, at least the trackside sponsor logos are sharp. That’s about the only praised that can be given to MAK’s mod. And we all knew how poor it looked many months ago, and we could be reasonably sure it didn’t perform very well.

    Dario was very cool as a commentator and very into it. Very good surprise and props to him! He’s a great guy. Formula-E did a good job on the in loco visual setup but the overall lack of charisma from participants heavily contrasted the eager reporters, with intermittent issues popping up.

    Hopefully the idea won’t be abandoned but instead reworked by someone more involved in the field, or who can do a better research job for next time. About setups, either leave it always open or always fixed. And distribute the material eventually to players all over the world so they can build attachment to the real series and follow it. The broadcast saw about 10.000 people constantly and I remember seeing it reach over 2.500.000 overall views.

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  6. “Readers of PRC.net know full well I’m not cool with sim racers who immerse themselves in their delusions and truly believe they’re just as relevant as real race car drivers”
    Neither of you is relevant. Not you behind the toy wheel, nor an F1 guy behind the real one. Drop the ridiculous stance that real racing means a thing. It’s all pretty pointless and is done for fun. At least it started for fun, but soon certain personae figured out you can make money off this activity too.

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  7. I don’t understand this making fun of racing suits in esport races. This is the right place to wear one, not at home. Wearing a racing suit is the same as wearing a team jersey or hoodie at any other esport game tournament. Besides, the suits have sponsors on them, just like the team jerseys from other esport games.
    So please think this with more reason and don’t jump on the pretending fantasy realm, because this is the right place to wear stuff like this and not at home, unless you do really want to fantasize, as that is fine as long as you know is just a fantasy.

    About bare foot or socks instead of racing shoes… with those thrustmaster pedals of course no shoes is better, but if it were professional pedals you’d think twice and actually wear racing shoes.

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    1. I want to add to this, that this is a sponsored themed race event (formula e, they are trying to replicate formula e, so is a themed race). This is not a normal tournament of teams vs teams, where most likely they’d just wear a jersey.

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    2. It’s somewhat normal for the drivers in the same way they wear them for TV commercials or game show appearances (although it’s goofy even then) but I don’t think dressing up the Ollis and Aleksis as if they are real race drivers was a particularly good idea.

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      1. They were representing the teams they were driving. If the drivers had their suits, there was no reason for the simracers not to have them as well.

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          1. I disagree with mocking, in fact only a couple of comments in this comments section, and the blog post, perceive it in such manner. It’s an official event too, it would make less sense for each driver to be wearing t-shirts/jackets or jeans/shorts. The best part is being able to take the suit home and also use it for karting.

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  8. The organisers should have used Forza with their Formula E car despite the physics of FM being more relaxed. I cant believe a MAK Corp mod was used in place of something official from ISI or S397.

    I wonder how far back this will set PC sim racing and rF2 in the eyes of the people unfortunate enough to have watched this dogs breakfast of an event.

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    1. Yeah, I don’t get why they didn’t use Forza either.

      > They’ve used it for Formula E events in the past.
      > It’s a brand that has mass market appeal.
      > The entire 2015/2016 grid is already in the game, and it’s not hard to get 2016/17 liveries thanks to an active painting community.

      Yes it doesn’t have as in-depth a handling model as your typical PC game, but does such a thing matter when this is clearly a marketing exercise?

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  9. >in the middle of a fuel run,
    Dude batteries don’t get lighter and Formula E tires like, don’t wear, it makes no difference.

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    1. it doesn’t exactly make “no difference,” Formula E cars aren’t slower in race trim than quali trim because they’re heavier, they’re slower because they have to use lower power settings so the battery lasts long enough to make the required stint length. So in that sense it is still highly abnormal for someone to be massively faster “in the middle of a fuel run” than in qualifying.

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  10. TBH I don’t mind the firesuits for this event too much since the drivers are in theirs and the sim guys have sponsors on them that they actually have, so it’s no big deal there.

    But the whole organisation of the event was shambles. If I were running a comeback event next year, I would get a different group or the official Studio 397 guys, u the graphics, change the format and make sure that EVERYTHING RUNS PROPERLY 1000 TIMES BEFORE USE.

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  11. Optimistic enthusiasts may not be too bummed, but people who were told this was gonna be the shit, in hopes of sparking their commitment into “serious” simracing.. man. I don’t know if I’m taking your scathing indictment of the scene too seriously, but a lot of the event was simply not compelling. And, aside from the slightly embarassing mod shenanigans, rF2 just keeps doing simracing a disservice, which is really, really regrettable, given its potential. If rF2 was a person, it would suck more to be them than Olli at the moment.

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  12. Apparently this was Mak Corp mod, they claim they only build the Formula E model a couple years ago and had nothing to do with this “race” :

    “MAK Corp 3D Studio
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    Greetings MAK-Corp followers. We’d just like to take this moment to point out to many of you who may be reading about the Formula E Vegas eRace that MAK-Corp was not part of that specific project. The vehicle model we made for Formula E may have been used by the company that developed the mod and ran the event, but MAK-Corp had no part it in. We would like to make that clear due to the recent articles in pretendracecars.net as well as some of the comments floating around various websites claiming our involvement.

    If you are going to comment or write articles about the Vegas eRace, please be aware that MAK-Corp was not part of it and any mention of MAK-Corp being a part of it or at fault for anything that has occurred may result in claims of defamation.

    We continue to work with and support Formula E through other projects not related to this one, so please do not confuse them.”

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    1. But they didn’t have anything to do with this race. The physics for rF2-version of the car were done by Cloud Sports and the car felt quite good

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    1. Playstation 2 looks better than this piece of shit I created it way back in 1998 on a windows xp computer, it’s where we built the rfactor2 engine on, I know it looks like a pile of melting liquid shit but that’s how I write sims these days, we are OKish when it comes to talking technical, we are Incompetent when it comes to actual game design and graphics.

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  13. I think the event was great. It was like random crazy NASCAR race filled with drama and bad decisions by organizing party. First the race seemed boring when Huis blew the field. Then drama started to happen, 3-wide big one and cars flying into grandstands. Now out of nowhere Pahkala rams into lead and eventually wins it. It is like Brett Bodine’s lone Cup win that was caused by NASCAR scoring error.

    However, Bodine got to kept his win.

    This shit was great, can’t wait for next event. I just wish they would add times, intervals, and pitting stats to the broadcast. It was very difficult to follow. (I did not know live timing was at the website)

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  14. just the fact that sim racing needs a big brand like visa to start a competition scene is just ridiculous, the community is just too small and they dont care enough. every esport game out there was basically build by their community, look at smash bros meele and how they got into evo.

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  15. You forgot to mention the commentators not being able to do their job due to the lack of tools at their disposal, to the point that they excitedly narrated what they believed to be Rosenqvist overtaking Huis (actually a lapped car) for the 2nd place during the last lap, to add to the confusion of the audience. There was a live timer, but you had to be watching it on the Formula E site or spot it in time when someone posted the (broken with spaces due to the chat bot blocking urls) link to a third party site. If you were simply watching the stream and reading the chat you had no way of knowing much else beyond the drivers’ positions – no lap times or splits. Most of us didn’t notice the pattern behind Pahkala’s race to first place until it was all over and people began wondering and sharing rumors.

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  16. The first half of this article is as much of a shitshow as the race. It was great that Franchitti and proper commentators were there. “Don’t do this again” – well that will get us places.

    The race itself was alright up until the Pakhala thing. Rosenqvist suprised everybody and the real vs sim racer thing was really cool. I actually think Formual E will be encouranced to do it again. 10K watching the stream really is very ok for a first go.

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  17. Mak Corp is a very respected and experienced rFactor 2 modding team and they didn’t have anything to do with his major farce.

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    1. MAK Corp is not a very respected outfit, dating back to their inception as MMG and arguments with modders that leaked to the public. They are in a position where they should be, and should produce quality content but outside of contracted 3D work for certain cars, we have not seen anything from them.

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    2. Associator shilling for makcorp. Nice one KeyboardRacer. You’re doing great service to sim racing clearing all the misinformation. Associator the hero we need but dont deserve. Will you sign my hero card?

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  18. If you knew what you are talking about you wouldn’t said half of what you said on this post.
    Graphics:
    They are a lot better than what was shown in this event, you may ask why weren’t they good then?
    Simple answer, either the modders of the track were bad or they didn’t had the time to perfect the textures/colours and shadders as they should.
    Car/Damage system:
    The whole car is not official, so the bug that happened with the fanboost, the damage show in that big crash and the physics are just a poor job done by the modders. Simple as that
    The simulator itself:
    I have been racing on rf2 since it came out, I have raced in 12hour+ events with multiple classes and day/night transitions and you say that this simulator can’t handle a simple 20lap race with one car?
    That is just ridiculous. If you want proof go to xrpm.org or simracing.club and check the grids.
    People that don’t know what they say and try to bash a simulator without knowledge of what they say shouldn’t pretend that they know and shouldn’t post something like you did!
    Shame on you!
    And BTW the organization wasn’t a good one for sure, that you are right!

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    1. >Competition has a prize pool of $500.000
      >Says it’s ok for “modders” to make sloppy mistakes, with such an important event, broadcasted worldwide and with that amount of money.

      You are retarded.

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  19. PS2 had better graphics. Just look at GT4 or Enthusia, they are leaps and bounds better. This game looks like a later life PSX game, something released around 1999 or 2000, but with anisotropic filtering and perspective correction for the textures.

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  20. Every sim-racer was in a team with a real one, so the suits are not only for show. This racing-teams have other branded clothes as well, but it´s just a non-issue and this suits are probably the best thing you can wear in a hot studio as well.

    Time-penalties or even disqualifications after wins are not uncommon in motorsport, even for far less regulation-issues that has nothing to do with the driver. And when a F1-driver could use his DRS-system all the time due to a technical error, he shouldn´t do it so obvious.

    A fixed setup is the best way to have equal opportunities for all, because real racers don´t know anything about rF2-setups and often not even about real setups as well. They have engineers for this job and when your mother is always washing your clothes, James, you don´t know shit about how washing machines work. And who told you that this setup were random numbers?

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    1. But dickhead penis breath Tim weaKnees of ISI made a bold claim that “Anything we feed into the rfactor 2 physics engine, the cars in game comes out pretty much how the real thing should”
      So in theory driver’s shouldn’t really need to change much or was Tim WeaKness chatting poop as usual………ISI LOL at them, rFactor 2 let it stay dead and buried once and for fucking all.

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      1. You don´t know how hot a racing car cabin can be. Modern racing suits are very lightweight, breathable and often have a cooling factor.

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  21. I wish they had contracted with Simbin or KS instead. Fact is, this is basically a publicity stunt and so appearance to the viewers means a LOT more than some small advantage in “thermomechanical tire modeling” that NO ONE can see, and fewer still would appreciate.

    What *is* cool about this event was that the real driver did so well. Sim racing has come a long way since Sega stuck Alain Prost into a Virtua Racing arcade machine, which he was then unable to drive at all because, of course, it was arcade trash – which made his real-world skills not only irrelevant, but an actual hindrance to playing the game.

    At least people saw real-world skills bring translated quite well into the game. Now, the question remains: Is the opposite true?

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  22. rF2 devs made a conscious choice to leave features like Fan Boost to external tools, because there are so many series out there with their own rules. This way they could focus their efforts on more important essential matters like majorly advanced physical thermomechanical tire model with dynamic peak slip angles based on real world values.

    rFactor 2 is a dedicated modding platform with real-time Dev Mode, modern packaging system (standardized way of installing/uninstalling mods that won’t break your install and solves mismatches), multiplayer with auto-downloading of mods, Steam Workshop support, among many other things.

    And last time I checked there was plenty of quality 3rd party content to race with, and more is in the works. Consider default content a bonus.

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    1. For $15, sure. Otherwise, no. The game wasn’t bought or sold as a sandbox, Cleon.

      Hopefully they will attempt similar events in the future. Maybe without that much cash prize but something better organized. Whatever game is used.

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  23. TIME: “To Stop Terrorism, We Have to be Super Nice to Moslems

    “Conspicuous generosity will create communities willing to help law enforcers catch terrorists

    Recent attacks in Istanbul and Berlin remind us that preventing violent extremism must be a policy priority for the incoming Donald Trump administration. The last decade has shown that our good intelligence will never prevent every terrorist attack, and our aggressive reactions will never kill or scare away every potential terrorist. But we can do a better job of stopping the terrorist plots in the first place. The way to do this is to get communities that produce and harbor attackers to view America and the West more favorably.”

    In other words, we just have to be really nice to them, otherwise they’ll just keep blowing us up.

    “Targeting terrorist groups overseas is not enough. Tools of terror are everywhere. From the readily available explosive components to the semi-automatic weapons that can be purchased everywhere (including online) to the vehicles we drive every day, a would-be attacker has an almost infinite set of options. We need to intervene early, and the only way law enforcement can do that is with the cooperation of the communities within which potential terrorists live.”

    So the strategy this Jew writing for TIME Magazine is offering us:continue attacking Arabs and other enemies of Israel in the middle east, while importing these same sand people in our own nations, and try to somehow trick them into cooperating with our law enforcement agencies.

    The Moslem’s breast is heavy with American pride. Or it would be, if only we could trick them into it.

    How about this instead: we pull out of the Middle East, and kick out all these goat herders back to their desert. See how simple that is? Gee, I should be teaching political science.

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  24. those cars looked like they steered from the middle of the chassis..it looked like they were pivoting all wrong(unless that’s just me?)

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  25. It’s like when you have this great idea for a school project but then you end up with a thing that’s terrible because you didn’t think it out very well.

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