Beginning of the End: Forza Prize Crate Videos Have Arrived

According to Turn 10 Studios, the future of sim racing features no racing at all. Since the Ultimate Edition of Forza Motorsport 7 landed in the hands of the general public a few short weeks ago, the prize crate controversy has caused a substantial mutiny among longtime fans of the franchise. While the introduction of virtual gambling elements has at least given those plowing through career mode an alternative avenue in which to spend their in-game currency, Forza 7’s over-reliance on the feature adds nothing but frustration to the overall package, as players are essentially forced to perpetuate a needless cycle of money just to continue progressing through what Forza 7 has to offer. For six iterations and three spin-off titles spanning over a decade, Forza as a series managed just fine without an in-game slot machine, becoming Microsoft’s biggest racing game and a genuine system seller, so fans are understandably choked that a favorite game of theirs has been built from the ground up to capitalize on micro-transactions and the addictive nature in human beings.

Yet fourteen thousand people beg to differ, and that number is only set to climb. Eclipsing the number of people who tuned in live to Formula E’s VISA Vegas eRace earlier this year, not to mention exponentially blowing out the live audience count of any iRacing world championship broadcast over the past five years, would be YouTube personality SlapTrain opening fifteen different prize crates within Forza Motorsport 7 – valued at around three million in-game credits. Clocking in at just under fifteen minutes, the video features zero driving or setup tuning whatsoever (in contrast to his other uploads), but instead remains solely in Forza 7’s front end repeatedly completing a remedial task – opening boxes.

This article isn’t to rip on SlapTrain; instead I’m merely pointing out how he is now one of several YouTube accounts to begin uploading lengthy prize crate videos that essentially glorify virtual gambling in Forza Motorsport 7. Despite launching just over a week ago for those that did not pre-order the Ultimate Edition, searching “Forza 7 Prize Crates” on YouTube now generates 2,500 results of people just sitting at the menu, opening countless boxes that in most cases don’t add anything useful to the actual core game. These people are obsessing over collecting fire suits they’ll rarely see on the track, or acquiring optional profile badges – little icons that appear next to your name in certain screens.

In other words, not playing the game.

Is this the beginning of the end, at least in regards to Forza? Unfortunately, yes it is.

Turn 10 have now succeed in conditioning the average player to believe the on-track experience is secondary in Forza Motorsport 7, instead encouraging them to sit around in a menu blowing their in-game currency on largely meaningless transactions. The allure of buying a Forza Motorsport title and hoping to receive a somewhat robust automotive sandbox that you can mess around in at your leisure has been replaced by a meta-game that just barely skirts the line of what many people will deem to be gambling. Driving, racing, and exploring the history of auto racing as a mad-scientist in a virtual environment is no longer the primary motivation for those who play Forza Motorsport as a franchise; it’s instead just a means to an end – a way to acquire money so you can keep buying more prize crates to open on your shitty YouTube channel.

Short-term, there will still be a handful of people who dig past the atrocious gambling elements and swear up and down that beyond the shady surface, there’s a decent racing game with a lot to offer. But at the moment we’re at a period in the history of auto racing where attendance and overall support of the world’s biggest racing championships are collectively at an all-time low. The future generation of auto racing fans, who would otherwise discover series like IMSA, NASCAR, V8 Supercars, the World Endurance Championship, or Formula One through Forza, will now be given an incentive to skip or dismiss everything Forza is trying to teach them. Enjoying the diverse world of auto racing has taken a back seat to blasting through career mode, trying to amass credits as quickly as possible for just one more prize crate.

Just as it was in Madden, FIFA, and NHL, these prize crate videos will become monetized and expand into their own little ecosystem. Turn 10 will provide prominent personalities with complimentary prize crates to open as a way to artificially train their userbase to value not playing the game; zombies of a virtual casino. Other developers within our genre will begin wanting their piece of the pie and promptly implement them into their own games, no matter how inappropriate their inclusion may be.

Somewhere in the madness, the actual joys of ripping around a track will be lost. And it will come sooner, rather than later.

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35 thoughts on “Beginning of the End: Forza Prize Crate Videos Have Arrived

  1. We can probably thank some of the more prominent Call of Duty YouTubers for popularizing this in their numerous supply drop opening videos (and it’s been speculated that some of them might have been ‘gifted’ their in-game supply-drop credits by Activision).

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  2. I guess what they’re trying to do is give non-skilled drivers a way to buy all the fancy cars.

    For me, it defeats the whole purpose of the career mode (earning credits to buy the Peugeot 905, for instance), but at least it provides a sort of “alternate career track” for the average 12 year old.

    What’s considerably more bizarre is the sheer number of cretins who will mindlessly sit there and watch someone open prize crates.

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  3. This is why the world needs indie devs… especially in a niche genre like sim racing. What your average sim racer values in a game and what your average dudebro controller jockey values in a game overlap somewhat, but very different priorities between the two.

    I shudder to think of our options if the Turn 10s, the Polyphonys, the EAs, etc of the world were our only options. Very bleak existence for those of us who are racers first and gamers second.

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    1. ^
      This

      Do something useful for once.
      Maybe review some mods, dlc, or something other that has actually anything to do with simracing instead of writing the same boring negative crap everytime.

      Watch Ferrariman601’s car reviews on youtube to see how to be useful for the simracing community instead of being the laughing stock…

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  4. I’m not entirely surprised that given the amount of discussion given to loot crates that videos of them being opened are getting hits at the moment; people are maybe curious as to what they contain, and how the whole thing works in the Forza 7 economy.

    Of course, if the hits keep coming month after month, then get concerned for the state of mental health of those who buy racing games just to open glorified boxes…

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    1. With gacha/loot boxes, there’s thing called “whales” – that is people who keep paying for stuff just to mass-open loot boxes/pull gacha every time. The closest thing I did was when Asphalt Xtreme (Windows 10 version) had a glitch where a box that promised a increased drop of a car card were available for free (and I didn’t get reset, although some people did get reset).

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  5. I am so sick of these burka bans.

    https://www.rt.com/news/405946-denmark-burqa-ban-europe/ :

    The Danish ruling coalition parties have expressed their support for the full-face veil ban. As Denmark is set to ban the Muslim conservative garb, which EU countries will it join?

    The liberal Venstre Party, the senior member of the ruling coalition, has announced its support for the ban on wearing full-face veils in public places following a party meeting dedicated to the issue Friday.

    “The forthcoming ban on face covering will receive backing from Venstre,” the liberal party’s spokesman, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, told the Danish broadcaster DR, adding that it will be “not a religiously defined ban but it will still obviously cover burqa and niqab.”

    What is the point of this?

    Well, the stated point is to “stop oppression of women.”

    The actual underlying point is to try to force these monkeys to integrate into Western society.

    Hey guys – guess what, guys – France already tried that. They spent half a century trying it.

    And third generation hajis are still mass murdering them.

    It doesn’t work.

    Here are the real life options, for those of us who have enough balls to deal with reality:

    1. Convert your entire nation to Islam
    2. Remove the Moslems

    Period.

    There is no third option.

    Because, der dumb fucks, as soon as they become the majority they are just going to repeal all of your “integration” laws – and then pass laws that force you to integrate to them.

    Which part is confusing here?

    Seriously: point me to exactly which part of this equation confuses you.

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  6. I am so sick of these burka bans.

    https://www.rt.com/news/405946-denmark-burqa-ban-europe/

    What is the point of this?

    Well, the stated point is to “stop oppression of women.”

    The actual underlying point is to try to force these monkeys to integrate into Western society.

    Hey guys – guess what, guys – France already tried that. They spent half a century trying it.

    And third generation hajis are still mass murdering them.

    It doesn’t work.

    Here are the real life options, for those of us who have enough balls to deal with reality:

    1. Convert your entire nation to Islam
    2. Remove the Moslems

    Period.

    There is no third option.

    Because, der dumb fucks, as soon as they become the majority they are just going to repeal all of your “integration” laws – and then pass laws that force you to integrate to them.

    Which part is confusing here?

    Seriously: point me to exactly which part of this equation confuses you.

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    1. Actually Denmark have been very laid back ‎establishing laws against such sweat-smelling wandering tents.
      Because more than half of the EU countries have allready ‎imposed similiar restrictions.

      What will happen in the future when muslims in Europa gets majority in one country after another is another matter.
      The problem is that this specific religion has never had a cultural reformation merging religious dogma with secular human values just like the erstablished european christianity.

      Thats the reason existing islam is in fact still in its core plain fundamentalism – nothing over or beside the holy sharia laws.

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  7. yawn…did you not tell us all in the previous forza bashing. No Project Cars 2 facts yet, how fast was the best upcoming simulator patched in the meantime? How many bugs where fixed after 3 weeks? How does the FFB hold up against RF2?

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  8. Social media monopolies such as Facebook, Youtube etc. where censorship has been a running theme in 2017, are pretty much run by Jews.

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    1. It’s a lot like FM4. Don’t believe the disinformation. The FFB is good again (like FM4, FH2) and the career mode is tremendous fun. Just did a 1967 F1 race in the RA300 in changing weather at Spa (started out foggy, then it rained a couple times). Incredibly fun to slide around in those cars. The graphics and the “you are there” factor were both outstanding.

      People give Forza shit for being simcade, but at least the tires feel like *tires*. Some cars remain horrible (I’m convinced that some have incorrect toe values or their suspension design isn’t right), but the vast majority are quite good.

      The Trophy trucks drive *exactly* like the ones in AMS. The RA300 drives and reacts almost exactly like the Lotus 49 in AC. So, how is it that FM7 has vastly inferior physics?

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      1. I don’t really mind if a game is realistic or not but I’m not sure if it’s worth buying FM7.

        The AI is terrible from what I’ve seen and the homolgation kind of ruins the upgrading aspect of the series.

        It’s overpriced on the Windows Store too (Forza Horizon 3 is still €70) and the stutter+long loading times are extremely annoying. Maybe if it gets a discount and fixes the technical issues I’ll get it.

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        1. You can run races all you want without the homologation thing.

          When you buy a car, it does come with all the homologation parts to take it the max in whatever performance class it starts it (so, 348 stock rating -> 400 homologated). BUT, you can simply remove all those parts and/or rearrange them to either recreate the stock version, or lightly mod it the way you want it (ie just like in FM4).

          Then, you can just go to Free Play and set up any race you like with an insane number of options in terms of limiting your opponents to the same class as your car, or you can specific a max/min performance rating, or even stuff like the max tire width and/or max power. You can also restrict the opponents to a certain era, or type of car.

          It’s all vastly more sophisticated/flexible than what we had in FM4. If you want a race between early 80’s cars with a max power of 300hp and a P rating of “D”, you can quickly/easily do that and the game will auto-populate your gird up to 23 opponents. And you can specify things like mid-race chance of rain, etc. It’s fucking awesome and similar to how PC2 does it, just a bit less sophisticated..

          So, nothing has changed except they gave us WAY more control over setting up an offline race. And Yes, those custom races give you points and credits exactly like they do in the career mode.

          I don’t think Austin quite “got” how all this worked (I didn’t at first) and didn’t realize that you can quickly/easily make the cars stock again. The only thing that kinda sucks is that you’re essentially forced to pay for those mods to homologate the car up to the max in its P rating class. But usually it’s a small part of the total price and you might want some of those upgrades later anyway.

          Overall ,it’s by FAR the best FM I’ve ever played. They finally got back to the level of FM4, only with better FFB, vastly better graphics and an incredible car collection.

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  9. Let the fucking thing die. It’s been dumbed down so kids and Americans can finally enjoy it.
    Forza is to Xbox what Mariokart is to Nintendo. The same old regurgitated aged bullshit we’ve been spoon fed since the millennium. Boycott the damn thing, just let it die. It doesn’t even deserve coverage on a site like PRC.

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    1. Yet the FFB and physics are very similar to the “elite” sims on pc if you`re not too retarded to set up your wheel properly…

      Try again…

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  10. Reminds me of when PAYDAY 2 introduced Safes and Drills for weapon skins with non-cosmetic affect, applying buffs for $2.50 per individual roll. No matter what they did to backpedal from there, I have never, ever seen an entire franchise’s entire fandom instantly END that quickly. It’s still never recovered from the destructive “re-balance” made shortly after as a desperate appeal to new players. So yeah, something like this can genuinely kill a franchise and I hate seeing it happen yet again.

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  11. Have been a long time sim racer that picked up a 360 and played Forza 3 then Forza 4. The season pass bs was enough to send me back to PC exclusively. Nice to see it’s only gotten worse since then.

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