How Far Delusion Takes You

13873169_934434709998557_5714062328692588093_nLooking back, I think my favorite memory of the Modern Warfare craze that was unleashed upon the gaming world about a decade ago was sitting down with my high school friends, and banging out lengthy legal documents over a late-night Pizza 73 order to determine ownership of our online clan. We had to enlist the help of several lawyers – paid for via paper routes and part-time babysitting jobs – to determine how our Hardcore Team Deathmatch squad would function outside of the Xbox Live servers, and it was a true test of both our friendship and our managerial skills when one of our best players was placed on house arrest after his role in a violent home invasion. The four letters next to our names in each Call of Duty lobby were not just a tag to indicate our group was a bunch of try-hards hoping to become professional CoD players and skip the grind of minimum wage jobs after graduating; we were a legitimate business – and we had the paperwork to back it up.

Sound like complete bullshit?

That’s because it is – well, aside from Greg’s shenanigans in Montana. During my time spent mucking around on GameBattles back in the days of friendly helicopters and glitching outside the map for easy kills, not one team we ever ran across treated an online video game as a legitimate business. As if divine intervention finally allowed us to play Cowboys and Indians with an unlimited supply of opponents, Call of Duty pitted your squad of dweeby teenagers jacked up on Monster against an equally dweeby set of kids from Kansas City. Or Davenport. Or Cleveland. And it was beautiful. Despite the allure of a mammoth payday for the top clans on the service, and the promises of getting flown out to highly lucrative tournaments offering more money than weekly shifts at Taco Bell would ever throw at you, the competitive Call of Duty scene during the height of its popularity in early 2008 still understood that at the end of the day, it was just some shitty modern military shooter where the spawns were fucked, and killstreaks sealed a victory.

Yes, there were Xbox Live party chat tantrums, clans fracturing at the center, and anally devastated campers protesting the results of a fair match in which you utterly dominated their group from start to finish, but nobody was throwing nine page ownership documents at you, just for saying “bro, we should start a clan on GameBattles.”

cap-1Operating under the name of NoXQses Racing, John Hammer’s squad of virtual drivers within the iRacing online service compete primarily within two of the several generic stock car championships found within the regular roster of events, open to any iRacer with the appropriate license rating. There are no cash prizes for capturing the overall championship in either the Class A Open series, nor the NASCAR iRacing Series, yet this has not stopped Hammer from supposedly registering his pretend racing team as a legitimate business in the state of Utah, and throwing lengthy legal documents at his “co-owners.”

Unlike the NASCAR Peak Anti-Freeze Series, which offers a $10,000 cash prize and a free trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway to the series champion – broadcasting each round of the season live on iRacing.com – the Class A Championship is part of iRacing’s regular rotation of events for members to partake in. The NASCAR iRacing Series turns the hardcore dial up to eleven – offering full length online events mirroring the real live NASCAR Monster Energy Series schedule – but again, these events do not pay or produce any sort of incentive to participate in them. They are no different in stature than booting up Call of Duty and jumping into a round of Hardcore Search & Destroy. It’s just sort of there for people who are tired of iRacing pandering to the casual audience and slowly reducing the length of other popular series on the service.

Yet somehow, this warrants a nine-page team ownership document. As someone who actually understands how the whole iRacing ecosystem works, the NASCAR iRacing Series championship is one hundred percent meaningless. It’s basically the iRacing staff saying “on the Friday evening before each real life Monster Cup race, we’ll have our own full-length race for you guys to participate in.” The Class A Open setup championship on the other hand does indicate who can enter the iRacing Pro Series – a feeder series for the massive Peak championship iRacing constantly advertise through their social media – but some of the drivers for NXQ don’t even posses a high enough iRating to find themselves in the highest split of each event, making it virtually impossible to compete for a title given how iRacing awards more points to those in the highest split of the event.

Just looking at some of the results on their website, these guys clearly don’t have a shot at any of iRacing’s premiere leagues – in some cases, they’re actually getting beaten by sim racers using a setup downloaded off the forums and having a wank under caution. For NXQ to run around behind the scenes and throw all sorts of silly legal documents at people merely frequenting the same Teamspeak as them, it’s as if your buddy went out and got a professional photographer to shoot his beer league softball team in action. These guys have totally lost the plot.

cap-2But it just goes to show the kinds of people currently on the iRacing service, and how the sim racing community has drastically changed over the years – creating a climate where delusional behavior is almost encouraged rather than squashed. Look man, I love my video games. I enjoy the process of creating a car, developing setups with my bros, and all joining some kind of private league together, because top level sim racing can be really fun if everyone’s in a similar state of mind. You forget about a good Call of Duty match five minutes after the time limit has expired, but a solid league race stays with you for a few days, and there’s nothing wrong about diving head first into the positive vibes sim racing can produce.

This, however, is absolutely absurd. Here you have a team that’s not even competing for cash prizes – just entering the standard set of races available on the service – and they’re throwing these bizarre PDF’s at people just to take partial ownership of a pretend racing team. This is like, actually nuts. I don’t even take my own goddamn website seriously despite all of the shit we’ve accomplished in roughly two years of operation, and here you have the absolute definition of random iRacers trying to run their Teamspeak group as some sort of registered professional eSport operation – despite the rest of their competition basically showing up to races with a bag of Doritos and some tissues next to the toy steering wheel.

cap-3Now some of you are probably thinking there’s like a team creation element to iRacing, where you have to pay extra to establish a new team on the service, and subject yourself to a monthly fee just to keep it operational – which would somewhat justify the legal babble you see inserted into this article. You don’t. It’s literally a process off filling out a bunch of name fields, and then inviting your friends. It’s a bit flashier than the same concept was back in the days of IndyCar Racing II, but the premise has remained effectively unchanged since 1996. Fill out the field indicating your team name, and congratulations, you’re a team!

Does the above video look like it warrants a nine page legal document? Of course not. And it never has. If you’re just getting into the world of sim racing, and a couple people have invited you to join their crew or start an online racing team – only to throw ridiculous PDF files at you – run the other way. This isn’t what sim racing is about. These people have lost it. There is simply no reason you should ever be required to sign one of these when taking your online league participation endeavors to the next level. At the end of the day, you’re playing an online video game with slightly more realistic physics than Gran Turismo, not some sort of officially sanctioned world where each virtual racing clan has a legal consultant on standby.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I just created a team in IndyCar Racing II, and have to ring up my lawyer.

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55 thoughts on “How Far Delusion Takes You

  1. The delusion behind the existence of a legal entity for a pretend race team that participates in a series where you don’t get paid IRL is so big that I wonder if their company is just a shell company. Maybe even make it an off-shore one at worst.

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  2. Can I enter Faze Cla… I mean, pCars2 Shilling Team? I have no sense of ethic and I´m willing to sell my soul for some ridiculously small amount of revenue. I´m sure I will fit in nicely.

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  3. Now that I think of it, in 2009 I joined a team and they sent me some documents to sign and all that. All I did was download the .pdf, convert it to .doc, open it with Word, type my name, resave it as .pdf, send it back.

    Only later I learnt that by “signing” they actually meant printing the thing, signing with a pen, scanning it and then mailing it back to them.

    Thankfully, I also learnt that it was merely a formality, so I didn’t have to deal with any of this nonsense. But that team used to race in leagues with real life prize money, although I was so bad at simracing that I quit after a couple of seasons to dedicate myself to modding full time and only race part-time as a reserve driver whenever one of the others wasn’t available.

    Fun fact, as there were virtually no limits on the amount of drivers in the league I was entered on behalf of the team, we actually raced with a 4-man squad, we looked so cool with our custom liveries and all that. But then on the penultimate race while I was fighting for the podium (really the only highlight of my brief career), I got rammed twice by two of my own teammates. Then the guy in charge at the time left, and the new guy didn’t like me because I knew more about modding than he did (and he was 40-something at the time) so he kicked me out.

    Manchilds are everywhere. But for some obvious reasons, most of them are always (North) Americans.

    I wonder why… /s

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    1. Americans tend to be overly optimistic, from birth they are told that if they work hard they will be successful. When the cold hard reality of capitalism finally penetrates their thick skulls, they reject the reality that they are never going to amount to much and that history will soon forget their existence. its at this point that they fall into a delusional existence, they fight for any position of perceived power to try and restore their deranged sense of self importance.

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        1. Dunno about the insight. I see a few people who picture themselves as insightful and superior. Just do not really see any insight. Just bias.

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  4. When you enter team data to rFactor 2, it works like real life, it’s not the case for iRacing, you always have to use lawyers and lengthy legal documents 🙂

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    1. yeah, using my name is original…. glad to see the free press is still coming, I wonder who submitted this one to you Austin. Best of luck, happy new year.

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      1. Did you and your little buddies come up with this after a night of iChasing and Kool-Aid? Does it make you feel important that you actually paid to start an LLC that does not make any money? Just a name to impress your…

        Who are you trying to impress?

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        1. How do you know what they make or don’t make as far as profits? Amazing how you losers with no life habe so much free time to try to rip on people you don’t know anything about. I think Austin or whatever the morons name is that writes this stuff is pushing his luck putting up a companies legal documents on his site. Personally I would love to see them go after this site and tool boy Austin.

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  5. James be careful you may be hearing from his lawyers that were going to be set on you for the last time you mentioned his name.
    I used to respect John because he dared to question iracings models,and is actually quite knowledgeable,but I can’t take him seriously now,this just points out the main problem with the iracing community,they all take it way too seriously,it’s beyond delusional

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    1. Wow, that’s retarded to the power of 10! Perhaps someone might want take a look at the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code webpage to see if there is more information to be found about NOXQSES RACING, L.L.C.?

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  6. James it might be worth trying to change things up next time there’s a slow news week instead of regurgitating articles just to ruffle the feathers of some no mark iracer. This is getting stale.

    Maybe tell us what you’re currently enjoying in sim racing. Race reports from the leagues you’re participating in, leaderboard challenges with setup and driving tips etc.

    Do something positive for the community.

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    1. It’s definitely hard to balance the negative articles with the positive ones. I was lucky enough to have this sitting in my inbox this morning, so that’s what went up.

      When I have run positive articles, I receive an equally large backlash from people claiming I’m shilling, or fanboys who are mad I praised the “wrong” thing.

      We weren’t paid to advertise Brick Rigs; we all genuinely liked the game because it was a well-made, quirky change of pace that still sort of revolved around racing. Readers got ANGRY at that article. Same with the AC 1.11.3 hotfix post – it wasn’t enough that we said the handling model was good, the AC defense force sat down and picked apart the changelog, then called us crazy because it was somehow perfect beforehand even though Steam installs weren’t updating properly and 1.11.3 was what fixed it for our guy.

      I’m going to put out what I put out, and if you don’t like it, you can come back tomorrow and there’ll probably be something else to read. If you want me to cover something, send it in as a submission.

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      1. You’re basically no one to tell the community which sim is good, which mod is good, which person is good.

        “mmm oh yeah, I just woke up and let me note down in my schedule the next articles about sim A sucks, sim B is fixed, person A is embarrassing sim racing, person B is embarrassing sim racing slightly less.”

        next morning

        “mmm oh yeah, I just woke up and let me note down in my schedule the next articles with my buddies from my circlejerk so that people believe I’m not going crazy as more people think like me, as even though they publish some articles, I write in their name; about sims suck, sim racing sucks, everyone is shilling”.

        some days after

        “mmm oh yeah, I just woke up and let me note down in my schedule some pretend user submissions for the next weeks”

        …………………………

        actual quote now: “It’s definitely hard to balance the negative articles with the positive ones.” Talk about not having an agenda…

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        1. Quick thing while scanning comments as sometimes something good might come in the discussion: it’s his blog and it’s all personal opinion. I don’t believe in an agenda, but if such existed, it would still be his opinion. Much like that of most people who post commentary here or elsewhere, valid or not.

          The same way people are free to be a bit over the top with their fantasy team, if it isn’t a nuisance to others, he can have his blog. Both sides can defend themselves (though one shouldn’t have to) but it gets tiring to see cuss words and non-arguments plastered all over instead of an on-point response.

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          1. Yes I agree, because at one point it gets ironic to name some people or some teams as embarrassment for sim racing and then you have this blog… come on. He takes what he writes so seriously as much as those people with too expensive rigs, with registered teams, etc.

            The only people who are sane in taking sim racing seriously are the video game companies, because is their actual every day paid activity and work. For everyone else sim racing is just a pastime. Maybe when racing games competition becomes an esport with enough money to live off it, then is serious for them too.

            For how much he calls sim racing as pretend race cars, the more what he does here is nothing more than pastime taken too seriously. He’s actually so invested in being a SJW for sim racing that he forgets we are playing video games here, or actually commentating and writing articles than really having the time to sim race. This happens because is more comfortable to write and talk than to invest time in learning race craft to help us become good racers online.

            There is more sim racing in forums, websites, blogs, youtube, than in game and in online servers. Sometimes is not all our fault, because other games are more comfortable to grab your mouse, keyboard, gamepad, than to hook up your wheel, shifter, pedals and then take it off again. Only the very dedicated sim racers have everything ready to just launch the game, but I launch counter strike with mouse and keyboard and those peripherals are always in position.

            Is not bad we are discussing or watching sim racing so much, because it actually expands this genre and brings more people and customers, but we need to compensate the proportions and get in game, get in online multiplayer.

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      2. You know that hotfix article, I’ve got a feeling your friend felt the tires were slippery is because he used a pre 1.11 setup. Post 1.11 you had to use pressures of 16psi, pre 1.11 it was 26psi. I got caught out like that where the car felt slippery as fuck, but it was because I was using a pre 1.11 setup. Maybe that applies to your friend?

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    2. He is banned from iracing how can he run leagues? Hey Austin did iracing give your money back yet after you called crying? Just wondering.

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  7. Quick thing – if the people in that team keep to themselves and don’t pester others in social media or during races, let them do their thing. It may not make sense but it’s only their time and money that is consumed.

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  8. “How Far Delusion Takes You”

    ” I think my favorite memory of the Modern Warfare craze that was unleashed upon the gaming world about a decade ago was sitting down with my high school friends, and banging out lengthy legal documents over a late-night Pizza 73 order to determine ownership of our online clan”

    Topkek m8

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    1. Writes article about how crazy it is to write a legal document for a game.

      Opens article with paragraph about how his favorite memory is writing legal documents for a video game.

      irony level 1000

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  9. Hello I am interested in driving for your ICR2 team. I have a local pizza chain willing to sponsor me (I copied their logo from their Facebook page) but I can only race at Michigan because I’m a keyboard driver. Can my lawyer contact your lawyer?

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  10. The Noxqses guys might be taking it a tad too serious but one does have to wonder why the author keeps spending so much time talking about them. I am new to this site but I think this is the 2nd or 3rd article he has wrote about them. Perhaps I am reading too much between the lines but it seems like there is some type of personal issue at play here. I’m not sure if the author is secretly jealous or maybe got his feelings hurt in a pretend race sometime in the past. It would be nice if the author would move on and write about something worth reading about from the simulation world instead of pretending to be a news reporter. Keep it up and people just might believe your statement that this is “The worst site you could possibly visit for Sim Racing news”.

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    1. The whole deal was fucking ridiculous and deserved to be talked about the first time. Then they threatened him legally in the comments which is what prompted the second article. That’s the personal issue you are looking for. This third article is beating a dead horse, but at least it has new material.

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    2. He’s trying to shame them in an effort to shun people like this from the community.
      It’s like the guy that showed up at school one day with lip stick, so the boys kicked his ass, then he grew up normal, but with adults and lawyers

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    3. Writer has no life and gets his rocks off trying to make himself feel better for such a pitiful excuse for a life by trying to take down others. I also think he might be a little jealous in some way these guys figured out how to get real sponsorship and free merchandise from a major pc component manufacturer. I say kudos to them.

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  11. Prc pls keep doing what you’re doing,you are the only sim racing blog site that actually tells it how it is.its so refreshing,also you know you’re doing a good job when all the fanboys come here in a rage.
    Long live prc

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  12. Indy Car Racing II, you absolute madman, James!
    That brings back memories from playing this on a keyboard when I was about seven – I sucked at it, but it was great.

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