Why I’ve Cut Back on Sim Racing

2Good morning, readers of PRC.

For those who maybe haven’t been around this place since the very beginning, but rather found this blog within the past few months or so, and after several articles that seemed to mirror your own concerns with the genre added it to your bookmarks – my name’s Chris. I’m the guy responsible for introducing Austin… er… James… to the darker side of sim racing. Many years back, when iRacing were first experimenting with flexing their muscles and silencing criticism from people such as James on the official forums, myself and a few of my real life friends were the ones whom reached out to him, and confirmed he wasn’t the only one the service had started to push around. A few years later, we started PRC, killing otherwise uneventful winter nights with podcasts and message board surfing to counter-act the staleness of the genre. I’m stoked to see this place is still going strong, and I know he’ll kill me if I drop any hints, but you won’t believe what’s in store for this year.

But I’m here to get something off my chest. Even though I visit PRC a fair amount during the week, and spend a small portion of my day shit-talking with fellow hobbyists disillusioned by the state of the genre, I haven’t been sim racing as much as I used to. After going back to college (again) and pursuing a career path in the healthcare field (no jobs in business, lel); forcing me to attend class five days a week, or physically be at the hospital for four in the morning, there hasn’t been a lot of time for sim racing before bed. My passion for racing is as big as it always has been, however, my passion for sim racing has been tested, and I’m sure this is the case for others as well. There hasn’t been a single “what the fuck” kind of moment that made the entire hobby of sim racing wear on me, but a collection of smaller events that continued to mount until I subconsciously kind of switched off, and didn’t feel the need to fire up my PC and race.

I’m aware I repeat this comment over and over again, but it’s still extremely relevant to the topic at hand: I would have laughed my ass off if in 2009, you told me that sim racing would become worse over the next decade, rather than better. That’s the first year I really got into PC simulators, and as a raw customer I felt there was so much potential. Loading up a practice session and losing two or three hours was something you couldn’t wait to do. Actually participating in some of the high ranked iRacing events when the service was still aimed at an extremely niche group of hardcore drivers, it brought a rush of anxiety unmatched by any other video game. As lame as it sounds, I personally would feel my heart race when I was in a position to win a meaningful event, or prove I could hang with some of the best in the world. I was genuinely having a lot of fun.

But over time, to me it began to seem like there was this massive cult of personality issue cropping up with each individual game. Having any sort of criticism became a major issue to the fanboys and developers alike. No matter how respectful you are, you’ll find yourself banned from a forum – more times than I can count – for basically doing nothing other than asking why something wasn’t the way it was advertised.

I don’t think we need to recap specific events, as PRC with their current lineup of personalities have done an alright job of documenting this ecosystem over the past twenty four months. I will, however, address more of the cringe and growing uncomfortable feelings that I’ve begun to feel since slowly distancing myself in favor of my career. It’s not normal, as a grown adult who is aware that video games are just a form of entertainment, to see other fully grown adults take out payday loans to build a sim rig while delivering pizza at Domino’s. It’s not normal to see someone so enraged over their pretend race cars, that they call the human resources department of a “hater” and try to get them fired from their real life job. It’s not normal to discredit the opinions of someone else over a video game, just because they don’t have a doctorate in physics or computer engineering. In my (new) profession, you better listen to every single point of view, because even the part time transporter may notice or see something that will hold the key to saving a life.

1Since I don’t feel this need to partake in the circus known as sim racing as much as I have in the past, I’ve been spending my time playing a few other games, most notably FIFA, Rainbow Six; Siege, and the remastered version of the first Modern Warfare release. You can call me a filthy casual or whatever, but it’s me who is having the last laugh. When I play any of the games mentioned above, something amazing happens. Can you guess what that might be?

These games all more or less work as advertised, and are feature complete.

I have never booted up FIFA 17, and found out that there are no stadiums in the game, and you just get a field of grass to play football on. Oh, and by the way, kits selection is coming soon, all the players are in their underwear for now, they’re a small team doing the best they can! No, none of this ever happens in FIFA 17, and I love it.

I also love the fact that I don’t have to see the FIFA equivalent sim dads having a philosophical debate in the forums over what constitutes as a feature complete football game. Nobody is telling me that I should just be happy the game exists in the first place, and to take comfort in the fact that the software even turns on at all. I don’t see any fedora tipping developers looking to have a debate on their terms when they should have released a solid product in the first place. I fire up FIFA 17, I get to play a whole bunch of soccer on my terms, and it’s awesome.

axaltaAnd it’s also up to the players to keep the developers honest. If we aren’t buying what they’re selling, it’s up to them to change or be forced to die off. Last June, a YouTube personality found a glitch in FIFA that affected the way certain upgrade cards worked in Ultimate Team – you know, that mode where little kids are spending thousands from their parents’ credit cards on pretend European football cards. EA Sports responded by saying thanks for bringing this to our attention, and patched the game a week or two later. In sim racing, this same scenario would result in a 55-page thread consisting of fanboys telling the YouTube personality with hard evidence he is insane, delusional, a loser, someone who needs to leave the house, or that they’re mentally unstable. The developers would then ignore it, give a long winded explanation as to why it’s not wrong, lock the thread, ban the person, or rant about how they’re the victims somehow.

iRacing and Assetto Corsa have done an objectively poor job of managing their community and product. Imagine how the situation mentioned above would have been handled. They have often made rash decisions about how to handle criticism, and continuously fiddle with their tire models even when most people can agree it’s in a good to acceptable state for the time being.

We have been waiting forever to do things from 1998 in both games. There are no animated pit stops in iRacing, you can’t pick the color of your car in Assetto Corsa’s online races, and apparently those who own the console version of Assetto Corsa can’t even host a private session to race with their friends… in 2017, sixteen years after games like Project Gotham Racing established this as a normal feature. Releasing dynamic tracks, and then dynamic tracks are broken the next build – and left for another – is nothing short of typical for iRacing. A certain nation that Empty Box enraged is still notorious for causing chaos in online races. The same shitheads who were ruining races in 2009 are still ruining races today, and the same sim dads are still sitting on the forums waiting to lecture you for not slobbering all over the developers. I can see why games like DiRT Rally are as popular as they are; it’s a big change of pace for the community to actually have a game that isn’t a clusterfuck.

nascariv_l1To summarize, it gets very tiresome looking at the black hole this community has become. It is tiresome waiting for developers to get it right. It’s like we’re the abused spouse, believing for the 90th time that the abuser will change and get their shit together. Just give them a chance!  Even if it means restricting my passion for auto racing to solely spectating major events on television, I think I will stick with my casual games, because to me it’s just not worth putting up with the bullshit. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great guys in this community, I have both bought and sold a lot of things from the forums, and have never had a bad experience. Fanatec were also kind enough to let me test their latest wheel, and I can assure you it’s a beauty. There are good guys in the world of sim racing, but I am shocked that number hasn’t grown in the way I expected it to.

If this community doesn’t shape up, and if a developer or two don’t get their act together, this community will shrink rather than grow, and we’ll approach Flight Simulator levels of obscurity.

105 thoughts on “Why I’ve Cut Back on Sim Racing

  1. “we’ll approach Flight Simulator levels of obscurity.”

    ??? Flight sim community IMO (no stats) far far bigger than “race” sim,and counts as one of the first real community’s in gaming,but most importantly, many many pilots use flight sims(including myself as im starting to log a few hours towards a private licence), and you can have whatever content you can afford and is not only professionally used at every level , but a sim session if done wrong can ground you.

    In other words, flight sims are alot more connected to real life and the flying community, they are often one and the same, where as in sim racing, its a fucking novelty to see real drivers in any numbers in race sims let alone among the X-bone generation idiots flooding sim racing, Race sims would be doing well if got anywhere near flight sim status.

    Also to continue my old cunt rant,R6 siege is a fucking travesty in its own right but compared to original R6, its fucking Satan, that series demonstrates well how shit and ridiculously easy mainstream gaming has become, press X to win, but as long as we got Micheal Bay style explosions and OT exploding gun barrels…

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      1. “Siege is probably one of the least casual shooters on the market right now”

        Thats just confirmation how bad mainstream gaming is, Siege is bad,I didnt even mention the over hype and ubisofts usual lies.

        The concept was there, trying to go back to roots, but its basically a kindergarten/playskool bastardized version compared to R6 and the last actual R6, raven shield, utter shit for loud mouth over weight yank short attention spanned 13 year olds.

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      2. That’s Raven Shield, SWAT 3, Arma with mods and Squad. These ones are the least casual shooters on the market right now (yes, you can still buy R6 RS/AS and SWAT 3).

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        1. Swat 3 I dont give that enough credit, bursting through a entry point and holding fire nervously hoping the guy surrenders instead of shooting created a environment unparalleled in any other game past or present.

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          1. Indeed. That was a one of a kind experience. Also it’s not easy to predict who is going to attack you and who isn’t. That girl looking like a hostage might pull out a gun the next moment and shoot you in the face. And that makes you realize that cuffing freaking everyone beside your team makes a lot of sense despite the perceived cruelty to the victims of the circumstance.

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    1. There are plenty of racing teams using simulators (not necessary mainstream) to test their cars, pretty much every top professional team has it. Professional racers themselves might not spend too much time in simulators, because they already know the basics of the driving and you can’t really subsidize real driving feel, same as professional pilots (because they already fly a real thing, they might need to get into sim before switching aircraft or for example to train particular e.g. dangerous weather scenario).
      Flight simulators are also to learn basics of the particular craft or theory in general – which it has much more than racing sims. In addition to that flying a real aircraft requires more training (as the consequences are much higher) hence high amount of hours spent in sim.
      There are also other reasons why flight sim communities might be bigger – some see flying as more interesting/exceptional thing than driving, some like complexity of the aircrafts and flying, some find flight simming more relaxing. Additionally joysticks are more cheap than wheels.
      In addition to that there would be no interest in “bus driving simulator” which is more of equivalent to flying airliner from A to B point. Yet, there are plenty of people who like to fly 737 in a sim (as it still provides complexity the simmer wants). Personally I don’t find such experience very appealing (I am combat flight sims fan e.g. DCS, IL2, RoF).

      There are plenty of real live drivers (non-professional) who spend their time in trackdays or seldomly tracks one or another car and also drive in racing sims. Such driver is more similar to having/learning a private pilot license like you. Where as professional flight pilots most often will prefer the real thing like the pro race drivers.

      I wouldn’t say sim-driving is disconnected from reality. Especially when it comes to “engineering”.

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        1. There are plenty of shitty simulators nowadays like “stone simulator 2014”.

          Either way “simulator” is overused word. Plenty of random niche games that have no simulation value yet call themselves “simulator”.

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          1. OMSI is not quite a “stone simulator”. Not to mention it doesn’t even have a “simulator” in its name. You drive simulated cars. What’s your problem with people driving simulated buses?

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        2. Pretty sure “Truck simulator” trumps all race sims combined,so……..

          Besides think you missed my point, James ended article with

          “we’ll approach Flight Simulator levels of obscurity.”

          Like I say if sim racing reaches flight sim status and maturity we would be doing well.

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          1. In terms of community maturity I d who plao agree (the majority of peopley the games itself). I do find almost every other community more intelligent/mature/tolerantas a whole. Even COD vs BF people don’t throw shit as much on each other as rF2 vs AC vs pCars etc when it comes to their “best” toy.

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            1. P.S. This site often looks like a very good example of non-maturity in sim racing when you see all the shit posting and BS articles that discredit the sim racing even more.

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  2. Your criticisms are perfectly valid as are PRCs other opinions on racing games.However the sim racing genre will always be a niche genre and will never attract the cool kids or mass participation.My father belongs to an R.C. model plane club and they are the same.It is not a hobby you can just pick up & play and start competing.You need to buy equipment and most kids would not be interested in spending time calibrating a wheel for a racing game.The other alternative is to dumb it down.
    I have a console and will probably upgrade to a p.c.and go sim racing this year.Fortunately the racing genre is in rude health.I can choose Iracing,AMS,RaceRoom,RF2,Project Cars or Asseto Corsa.These games all have their faults but then they do not have the budget of Fifa 17.I will probably go for Iracing because of the structure of racing.

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      1. Unlike FIFA and Modern Warfare, racing simulations need a certain amount of physics code. And when it comes to tire models, there is not even a single widely accepted solution for that. You have to do a lot of research, you have to do a lot of rewriting the code. You have to write A LOT of code. And you don’t have anywhere enough budget for that, since it’s not the military guys paying you billions for as good a simulator as possible.

        Cheap, realistic, feature complete: pick any two of these.

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          1. I can’t quite remember a single racing simulator over there asking thousands of dollars for a license. And I’m not even sure it would be enough.

            Do you realize how many kids there are paying whatever is asked for Call of Duty or whatever else youth oriented AAA game which doesn’t require any physics at all apart from your typical stuff fed to PhysX? Multiply one number by the other. Then divide the result by the amount of hardcore simracers willing to buy a realistic and feature complete sim. That will be the price you’d have to pay for a single copy. Except it would most likely take even more money because the developers would have to actually use their brains to come up with convincing physics among the other things. And you also demand the graphics to be on par as well, so that requires investments too.

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  3. ” iRacing and Assetto Corsa have done an objectively poor job of managing their community and product. ”

    Interesting examples because those are the only sims out there with strong community and active multiplayer.

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        1. One person is the world’s richest, one car is the fastest, one mountain is the highest. And yes, one simulator is the most advanced in vehicle dynamics. And that’s rFactor 2. Whether you like it or not.

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      1. Just a quick look at the statistics will be enough to realise what I mean.

        You can call me what you want. I’m just a tiny part of the big colourless majority. Nothing more.

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          1. For sure I’m proud of being “mindless sheep” because I can enjoy sim racing my mind wide open. More than ever during my 13 years journey! And what’s most shocking is that I can do it in several different platforms. Can you believe? With a smile on my face. 🙂

            Most of the time I’m still one of those “mindless sheeps” who just find the driving experience of the most popular platform to replicate the best my track and road experiences with the real life cars. And the best things is that I can race with full grid of “mindless sheeps” any time with road and race cars. Because there’s so many “mindless sheeps” that you always find people to race with. And so many well simulated cars and laserscanned tracks. That’s something I still feel hard to get used to.

            2016 was pretty damn good for sim racers! Atleast I feel it that way. You don’t have to, thou.. You can decide what you personally think of it. Can you believe? 🙂

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    1. One person is the world’s richest, one car is the fastest, one mountain is the highest. And yes, one simulator is the most advanced in vehicle dynamics. And that’s rFactor 2. Wether you like it or not.

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  4. I think most of the normal sim racers don’t comment very often. Only doing so when they actually have something useful to say. Leaving everyone thinking the shitposters are the majority. Us lurkers are the normal silent majority.

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    1. +1

      The sim racing community is tiny and the majority of it is silently enjoying games. The vocal minority spend their time on message boards and PRC arguing over who’s pretend tyres work the best, and claiming a steam update made them spin out on their hotlap.

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        1. It’s literally impossible for steam to deliver a “corrupt” update that’s how CRC checks work, you either get the data intended or you get nothing at all. Your own lack of talent was the reason you spun out fam.

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                1. I’ll take that as a yes.

                  You would have no way of getting back to the original files after you changed them, or installed a mod that overwrote them without a manual integrity check.

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                    1. PRC isn’t perfect. Sometimes articles are botched during the fabricating an issue from Austin’s imagination process. It happens.

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                    2. Are you going to keep on bickering about whether Steam can have corrupted updates or not forever? It sure has “triggered” you good, Ogonoski.

                      What was that about “triggered retards” you had “liked” again? You sure look like one at the moment.

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                    3. All you’ve really done is prove the point Chris was making about “fanboys telling the YouTube personality with hard evidence he is insane, delusional, a loser, someone who needs to leave the house, or that they’re mentally unstable.”

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  5. Everything pointed out in this article is the very definition of too many people with not enough real problems…

    Fucking gamers… Get a job, get married, get a mortgage you can’t afford.. have kids, work two jobs to pay for it all and when you finally am hour to yourself… Just sit down, shut up and enjoy the fucking game.

    Don’t get involved in politics, you won’t have the time.

    If it’s all too much… Well you should have cut the grass, washed the car, fixed the dishwasher or some shit the wife asked you to do anyway…

    Fucking people with too much spare time..

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  6. “I can see why games like DiRT Rally are as popular as they are; it’s a big change of pace for the community to actually have a game that isn’t a clusterfuck.”
    Except it’s a stuttery mess with not much physics going on under the hood.

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  7. You clearly don’t play FIFA right, there are millions of complains from users about handicap (google/youtube it) and EA has done nothing about it. Actually they make it worse year after year.

    Also that glitch found last year was more likely something done on purpose rather than a real glitch, but they were caught.

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    1. I was gonna say the same thing. NHL 17 is full of scripting online. I’ve won games I flat-out shouldn’t have because an otherwise decent goalie started playing like a beer league backup.

      BUT, most of the time NHL 17 plays a competent game of hockey, and there are so many features you basically can’t run out of shit to do for weeks on end. And there aren’t a pack of hostile nerds saying you’re a bad person for pointing out EA forgot to include penalties as a whole, partially because EA doesnt leave out basic shit to begin with and hope the fanboys will cover for them.

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  8. A single aircraft in DCS costs $50-60. That’s how niche hardcore combat flight sims have become. And with far fewer overall features (like a dynamic campaign) than what we had in 1999 with Falcon 4.

    Much greater sim fidelity (ie higher dev cost) / Vastly fewer buyers = High prices.

    But AC (for instance) charges much less than what GPL cost in late 1998. Adjusting for inflation, GPL would be $88 today. So, something has to give. And that something is: Game Features.

    I’m 50. I’ve watched over the last 15 years as the entire gaming industry has progressively dumbed down. This all comes down to rapidly decreasing attention spans, making feature-completeness low on the priority list of devs who know that few buyers will ever dig that deep before moving on to the next mindless FPS or F2P. We are probably fortunate that we have anything more realistic than Forza, and I predict that even this won’t last if current trends continue.

    I will probably still be installing mods for my ancient Assetto Corsa install in 2030, because AC 2,3 and 4 ended up being F2P mobile games after the rights to the name of “that old driving sim game” got sold to a Chinese shovelware dev who normally makes puzzle games and MMORPGs for the domestic Asian market.

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    1. Sim racing isn’t getting worse, you’re just getting older and becoming more and more cynical. Everything will look better to you through your increasingly more rose tinted glasses. At 50 you’re already on the borders of senility and are nearing the end of your useful life on this planet. As you continue to age these symptoms will only get worse unfortunately for both you and the simracing community who will have to put up with your senescent whining about how much better literally everything was in your day.

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      1. There’s something about video games that makes people stick around for years after they’ve lost interest in them just to ruin everyone else’s fun. If he can still enjoy at least one game that’s already more than many people are capable of.

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      2. Possibly two of the dumbest psychobabble responses I’ve ever heard. Nowhere did either of you begin to address anything I said, instead confining your remarks to useless speculation about “senescence” and how much video games I play (BTW, there’s an inverse correlation between time spent on videogames and how often you get laid – just sayin’).

        So, my sad little gaming nerd virgins:

        Please name a single flight sim with a dynamic campaign and ease up on the bullshit, shall we?

        Do either of you idiots even play flight sims or do you just come on here to engage in pointless personal speculation re: someone you’ve never met (and, God willing, never will)?

        Not exactly a logical refutation of a trend towards simplification that’s been noted by multiple game designers and many thousands of end users. If you had any sense, you’d have brought up ARMA 2/3, but you didn’t. Probably too busy with Rocket League and DOTA, right?

        Google is your friend:

        http://forums.mudspike.com/t/dynamic-campaigns-why-cant-they-do-it/299

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    2. That’s what I was on about above with the “Cheap, realistic, feature complete: pick any two of these.”

      People like James tend to compare apples to oranges, demanding feature completeness and high reliability from a totally different piece of software just because it’s a “game”.

      While I agree that somehow most of the niche devs or at least some people in the teams turn out to be outstanding assholes, one has to agree we indeed owe them for at least making something to satisfy our needs. Otherwise James (or Chris or whoever the hell else) would have to learn the fine are of programming by himself, and I would be really interested to see how much better his “not a perpetual science project” might turn out to be.

      Programming is already a lot of work. Making a dependable set of physics, however, is on another level entirely.

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    3. >I will probably still be installing mods for my ancient Assetto Corsa install in 2030, because AC 2,3 and 4 ended up being F2P mobile games after the rights to the name of “that old driving sim game” got sold to a Chinese shovelware dev who normally makes puzzle games and MMORPGs for the domestic Asian market.

      Are you telling they’re going to make a pachinko adaptation of Assetto Corsa?

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  9. Sim racing hasn’t gotten worse, you’ve just talked yourself into not liking it as much any more.

    I’ve been around since 2006, while we all feel a bit nostalgic for the days when you could load up LFS and smash out 20 race a night, to say its got ‘worse’ is so far-fetched.

    When you try to find fault in everything and write about it every day it will drag your passion for said activity down. Unless you step back and focus on the bits you like you will end up bitter and twisted.

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      1. Why didn’t your circlejerk stay with those older sims if the new ones are so much worse? Go masturbate on that feature list of those older sims if you enjoy them so much. Or are you such a masochist to keep playing and talking about the newer sims despite not liking them?

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  10. So a guy who doesn´t know shit telling us, how bad Sim-Racing today is. This site makes a new Bullshit-Benchmark every few days. Just few days ago James wanted to convince us, that real racers sucks in sim-racing and five of them ended up in the Top 10.

    Reality is: Every Sim-Dev-team improved their title like never before in 2016 because of the tough competition. Okay, pCars is dead and SMS is working on pCars 2, the same with Dirt 2 i guess. AMS has 30k owners today. This was only 20k few weeks ago and 5k for GSC. AC is near 400k owners just in Steam and doubled it compare to 2015.

    “iRacing and Assetto Corsa have done an objectively poor job of managing their community and product.”

    I guess 90% of all sim-racers agree, that Kunos did the best job in 2016 and improved AC a lot. I don´t know the current state of iRacing these days, but switching to DX11 with working VR-support alone was some accomplishment. So wtf are you talking about?

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  11. Race or don’t race. Nobody gives a shit either way. Sim racing will continue without you. It’s actually growing in popularity so they must be doing something right. This article was a waste of your time.

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    1. LFS HAS THE VERY LEAST SIMULATION VALUE AND ONLY USES SIMPLISTIC GUESSWORK PHYSICS FROM THE 80’S ARCADE TITLES!

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      1. For your information: No one – except the the earth’s dumbest nation – uses the term soccer. The name of the game is football.

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        1. Actually, wrong.

          Soccer was developed as a term in Britain to differentiate it from association rugby, or assrug (go on laugh), which in turn got shorted to rugger

          So, association football or associated football, depending on which source you credit, assoc, soccer. It’s not really a huge leap.

          And, for your information, football is not an English term originally, originally when the FA was founded it still referred to the game as ‘assocation association football’ and thus, in shorthand, soccer.

          So, England uses both. Hardly a backwards nation really.

          Also, Australia, I would dearly love, anon, to put you on a pitch with the Socceroos and a team of spiders and see which you lose to first, be it the Aussies who are pretty bloody good at the beautiful game, or the spiders who will just murder you.

          Also, to the guy who said FIFA has no sim value….if you’d said that two years ago I’d agree but both FIFA and PES have gone backwards thesedays. Don’t get me wrong, I like FIFA 17, but I also like PES 17…or whatever it’s marketed as, the current one. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and I for one play both….because diversity and variety is goooooooooood. Much like seeing Man Utd get thrashed by a nobody team in the FA Cup.

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          1. Re: Aussies being pretty bloody good at the beautiful game

            Hi Ferret! Best joke ever – as proven by their 2014 World cup perfomance. And holding 47th position – just above Congo DR, Albania and Burkina Faso!!! – on the FIFA world ranking shows that the Aussies may be actually not very good at the beautiful game. Thanks for the laughs anyway! 😉

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    1. One person is the world’s richest, one car is the fastest, one mountain is the highest. And yes, one simulator is the most advanced in vehicle dynamics. And that’s rFactor 2. Whether you like it or not.

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      1. EB – Those guys the thermonuclear tire guys while EB fapping his dick and his iR car is shaking..funniest moment in his latest vid..

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  12. Great piece!
    Consumers need to stand up to lazy and rude developers.
    Check out the Assetto Corsa Console Forum from last week. There is a thread there about the content being light which ended up being a debate about “Sims or Games”. The lead developer even called one guy “stupid” and a “goat”, just for having a different opinion to his own.

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  13. This reflects what a lot of people are feeling/thinking Chris.
    Ive disconnected my wheel for a couple months now.
    Not only devs.. But also those little twat fanboys need to wake up.
    Ill keep the 4games I play shelved until these people pull their heads out’

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    1. So you’re saying you can’t play sim racing games because of what you read in the forums? Hmm.. someone is wrong here, and it ain’t the “little twat fanboys”. But more like your immature attitude.

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      1. Cant play.. No.. I can.. and may again. As for “someone being wrong” ..I dont know what youre talking about.
        The Twat fanboys is a personal opinion.
        And.. jumping to reply to someone and calling them immature over an opinion.. laughable .. good day.

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  14. Whats funny about people calling siege a bad game and think sim racing is amazing, prolly cant even drive a stick. O wait you dont know what a stick is???? Nice meme

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  15. Hey, James, it would be a lot easier to take your contributors seriously if you stopped editing all of their articles to sound exactly like your writing.

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  16. One person is the world’s richest, one car is the fastest, one mountain is the highest. And yes, one simulator is the most advanced in vehicle dynamics. And that’s rFactor 2. Whether you like it or not.

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  17. People have been spreading disinformation about me and rFactor 2 last couple of weeks, since we have showed you countless of objective measurements that rF2 is a full generation ahead regarding physics, FFB, AI and race rules compared to other sims and that was only the tip of the iceberg.

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  18. I just hope TheNumberOfLaps Studio will leave the visuals be after switching to DX11 and concentrate more on the content and on tweaking the physics further still. Would be stupid to expect James and his Asetto Corsa fanbois mercenary army to take favorably to the sim which only fault is it’s not called “Assetto Corsa”.

    Keep calm, improve the sim further, don’t pay attention to the snotty vidya gamez experts, and you will always have the support of people caring more for the substance rather than style.

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    1. You’re actually bored of playing rfactor2, no matter how much you attack the other sims, you’re still bored of rtractor2. Hey look, I attacked rfactor2. Time to start discussing that instead of discussing why you’re bored with rfactor2.

      The problem of rfactor2 is that these bored players keep attacking the other sims instead of pointing the flaws of their perfect product.

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      1. One person is the world’s richest, one car is the fastest, one mountain is the highest. And yes, one simulator is the most advanced in vehicle dynamics. And that’s rFactor 2. Whether you like it or not.

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      2. Me? Attacking other sims? Why the hell do I have pretty much every single one of them in my inventory then?

        I do get bored with rF2, yes. Then I switch to AMS… or to RBR… or to DCS… or to whatever else I feel like having a good time with at the moment. Then I feel like having fun with rF2 again. I’m not a mindless fan of it. I could care less for the “thermonuclear” whatever. I admit it drove like crap just about a year or two ago. Now, however, it’s very close to being perfect. Still there are things that need to be done, but the graphics surely is not the most important part of that.

        If you are looking for people attacking other sims, look no further than The Cult Of Lord Kunos. Oh, and the James here as well.

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        1. “If you are looking for people attacking other sims, look no further than The Cult Of Major Disinformation.”

          There, FTFY.

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          1. Those idiots are a part of the Lord Kunos worshiping self-assembled punitive squad. Apart from Associator, of course. That guy is for real…
            You don’t happen to believe that the “THE LFS HAS THE MOST…” poster has indeed any affection for LFS, or do you? If you do, I’ve bad news for you.

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            1. They believe any one who talks against AC are Russian paid “trolls”, any pro anything else is “fake” news, and any issue found in AC is because of Russian hackers, and are now lobbying Sim news sites to just stop any news not related to AC in retaliation for Russia’s clear influence on sim racers minds,

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              1. Furthermore, Russian hackers are also responsible for solar flares 🙂 I’m surprised nobody gave that a thought before. They just don’t know for shit how to improve on the economical situation in the country or how to influence their own freaking elections to finally see someone else beside Putin taking the “throne”, but apart from that they can make pretty much anything happen, especially if it’s something evil and mysterious.

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      3. By the way, the day Assetto Corsa gets passable FFB and better rotational dynamics, I’ll be happier than any Kunos fanboy. I’m waiting for this day to happen. And AC is finally one step closer to becoming a usable sim for me thanks to the change in the tires behavior. Not sure if it’s ever going to happen though. Kunos love money while hating to actually work. The majority of their following is ecstatic with how the things currently are… But Stefano is also of a very high opinion of himself and his abilities, so he might just hate the status quo in the end and put more work into AC’s physics. Regardless of this happening or not, I have enough simulators to turn to in the meanwhile.

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  19. Russia’s UK embassy is being called a Neo-Nazi and/or KKK organization for tweeting Pepe.

    Pepe has been declared pure evil by the Jewish kikes at the ADL, due mainly to his virulent Jew-hatred and vigorous desire to gas all Jews in fake shower rooms and turn them into lampshades.

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  20. You’re making a mistake here. How shit video games look tends to be largely proportional to how invested you become in them. To someone that played 60 hours of 4v4 competitive Halo a week, Halo 3 was a dog turd of a game with fucked weapons, horrendous hit detection, and douchebag devs that mocked their complaints. To a casual player it was an amazing game with incredible developer community support. To an old school hardcore Rainbow Six player Siege is an insult, and to other hardcore FPS players it’s clunky and buggy, but for other people it’s a great game with a lot of content. People spent years bitching about SFIV and Capcom’s inane decisions (RIP Dee Jay) but the game was horrendously popular for a fighting game both casually and competitively. To this day people still complain about spread patterns and hitboxes in CSS and CSGO shitting up the game but millions of players don’t care.

    AC and rF2 are low budget trainwrecks of games still, but they can gain audiences in the same way people will put up with the flaws in a King of Fighters or Neptunia or Dayz or whatever for their unique experience. (god don’t get me started on JRPG localizations, but most people playing those games aren’t nearly into Japanese media enough to care)

    I finally got enough space from iRacing to mostly ignore the super special cunts on the forums, stop obsessing over my physics triggers and just play the game and it’s fun. It’s not really what I want but it’s also far better than any other game in certain ways.

    It’s fine to be critical, but of course you will find other forms of entertainment more relaxing when you don’t treat them like your job.

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