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Old 11-17-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default iRacing simulator?

Anybody have experience with this simulator? Is it worth buying/joining? Is it as realistic as they claim? I am very interested in this, it sounds like its incredible, however i would have to spend like 600 bucks for a nice wheel/racing seat/frame if it is indeed a simulator and not a game. opinions? thoughts?
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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I run the iracing series, and it is indeed very cool. Right now it truly has the best sim racers in the world running on it. Along with many real racers such as Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, who I have run up against online. I actually enjoy running the ovals more than the road courses, just because it is a different type of racing than what I normally do. It is well worth the subscription price in my opinion.

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Old 11-17-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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I started a discussion on it down in OT awhile back:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hlight=iracing

General consensus is that it's good, but physics are a bit too NR2003ish for many folks' tastes.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:11 PM   #4
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It is definitely very good. Both Ryan Otis and I also race there regularly. It does nickel and dime you, okay it $10 and $20's you at first but it is far better that the others I've played -ahem- I mean raced on.

I got really tired of joining inline races in GTR2 and Race07 just to be taken out by some hack in the first corner. There are still some questionable drivers there but overall the racing is very very good. They even have a protest system setup if need be. Iracing has done a good thing by making everyone use thier real names, verified by a credit card and have a safety rating system in place to encourage clean driving. No more hiding behind online aliases cussing people out for crashing you.

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:50 PM   #5
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Depends on what you're looking for. Are you learning a new course? How to run against real people on said course? TBH I think it's too hardcore for myself.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:00 AM   #6
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I absolutely love it. If you have any real racing experience, even autoxing...it will help immensely! I came from teh autox, roadcourse, gokart background and was pleased too see that my real experience translated very well to "in game" success.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:04 AM   #7
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Yeah, it kinda sucks with a shelf full of trophies and a bunch of FTDs and then get OWNED by somebody online



Only to find out it was an eight year old girl from Tokyo.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:47 AM   #8
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I have found the level of competition to be very good also. Considering it has worldwide participation, I would expect to run across people who spend every waking moment playing this sim. I have found that it takes a lot of practice time for me to be able to equel the very best times posted, for a given car/track combo. I don't have enough free time to compete at the very top for a series, which requires a good bit of setup time on top of having to drive at the very top of your game. It does however translate well from real world driving techniques, and the track modeling is flat awesome.
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:07 PM   #9
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The problem for me, is that the Solstice is a flaming piece of ****. If you could start with another car on the road courses, it would be more fun.

Also, the "races every hour" concept sort of sucks as you can't just jump online and run a race. You have to plan. I don't "plan" my gaming time like that. I just jump on for 20 mins here, 30 mins there, and the format doesn't work well with that.

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Old 11-18-2008, 04:23 PM   #10
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I played it for a month, and yes the Solstice is crap. I was having to turn in seemingly 200ft in front of the corner just to deal with all the understeer. And I swear, the brakes on that thing aren't directly connected to what my foot is doing. I could brake to about 3/4 of the way down, and it didn't seem to do much of anything to stop me.... press it just a tiny bit more and I lock and go straight off into a wall.

I know they keep insisting it's not a game, but when you have something that has absolutely unforgiving phsyics without providing any of the feedback a real car does.... it makes for an experience that's not very fun..... and if it's not very fun, what are the chances people are going to keep doing it?
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:27 PM   #11
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hmm..... I was a little frustrated with the Solstice at first too. After sitting down and figuring it out I think it's pretty fun to drive. If you ask me, It very much feels like what it is, a basically stock Solstice with street tires.

This sim is definitely not for everyone. You have to be willing to spend a little time getting aclimated and the scheduling is either a pro or con depending on your perspective. I find it very rewarding to get up to speed with a new car and track and be able to race others side by side.

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Old 11-18-2008, 06:58 PM   #12
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hmm..... I was a little frustrated with the Solstice at first too. After sitting down and figuring it out I think it's pretty fun to drive. If you ask me, It very much feels like what it is, a basically stock Solstice with street tires.

This sim is definitely not for everyone. You have to be willing to spend a little time getting aclimated and the scheduling is either a pro or con depending on your perspective. I find it very rewarding to get up to speed with a new car and track and be able to race others side by side.

James
Its not supposed to be, its supposed to be "SSB", which means real shocks, real alignment, and DOT R compounds. That car "in real life" feels much different then this one. Thats what frustrates me a bit, since this "game" is about "simulation", and then they go over the top and make the car feel like its on ice skates.

Then again, that may be the steering wheel I'm using.

I just basically did not find it good training for the type of racing that I do. Others may feel different. For a "training" type of situation, I like Race07 better. I do make the cars a lot looser there though, turn the AI up and aggressive and then tire pressures way up to make it more "realistic". The mini cooper in that game feels very close to my ITA car.

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Old 11-18-2008, 07:35 PM   #13
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How does it compare to LFS?

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Old 11-19-2008, 05:30 PM   #14
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I've been on iRacing since August and can confindently say its the best racing sim i've played period. I've either played or owned pretty much any worthy racing title for the PC, and nothing comes close to the overall iRacing package. It does pay to have good setup though (good quality wheel/pedal set and a powerful PC) to really get the most out of it. Just keep in mind anyone that you read about complaining how its such an expensive "game" needs to realize iRacing isnt a game, its a service (like any slew of mmorpgs, sims, etc) that will continue to expand with more cars & tracks.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:40 PM   #15
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I have been driving Live for Speed since 2003. My question is: Is iRacing a substantial improvement over LFS? (In other words is it WORTH $156 a year).

LFS has accurate real-world physics already, although the cars are a bit "generic".
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:51 PM   #16
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I was big into LFS before iRacing. LFSWorld shows my last LFS race as May 4th...the day before the iRacing beta started. IMO iRacing is a big step up from LFS.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:30 PM   #17
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What other racing simulators are there similar to this and worth it?
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:31 PM   #18
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So Brian, what exactly makes it superior to LFS. Not trying to be a pri** or anything, I am just trying to wrap my brain around the differences in the two programs. I wish that there was a trial for iRacing.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:01 PM   #19
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My sim background is with GTR2 and Race07 so I can't comment on LFS. I can say that the main benefit to me of Iracing is the racing itself. For the most part, especially after getting out of the rookie series', the drivers are fast and very respectful. I am enjoying the whole community. I never did subscribe to any leagues with the other sims, but the open servers were just a joke and only good for demo derbies most of the time.

If you are into just hopping on and finding a quick race then it may not be for you. If you are willing to put the time into this sim it will reward you with the best online racing anywhere against the best drivers accross the globe.

Spend the $20 and try it for a month.

Maybe I'll see you there.

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Old 11-22-2008, 11:33 AM   #20
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No, I'd be buried in the Rookie League forever. I can drive a steel and rubber car pretty fair (many FTDs in AX and hold my own on the road courses), but with a sim I suck it up pretty bad. I think it is the lack of tactile feedback in the form of G forces on the old bod. Most video games I do pretty well at, but sims are a different animal.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:32 PM   #21
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LFS has a great AutoX creator tool and there are sites online where you can download actual SCCA layouts. That and the sim-life online games are what I play it for.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:49 PM   #22
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Yes, I test drive some of my own courses when I am the Course Designer of our regional events. Not perfect but very useful in determining how a course looks and feels, and most importantly FLOWS.

What is "sim-life games"??
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The website for sim life driving no longer exists, but it's basically an LFS server set in a modified version of the Jamaica track where you earn money by driving cleanly or civilly without getting caught by the mods (who patrol the server in police cars.) The money lets you buy cars, establish a rent-a-car business, a towing company (lots of folks get marooned in the track and getting towed to your pits is preferrable to quitting on the spot, which results in losing your stricken car) and pay police fines.
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The website for sim life driving no longer exists, but it's basically an LFS server set in a modified version of the Jamaica track where you earn money by driving cleanly or civilly without getting caught by the mods (who patrol the server in police cars.) The money lets you buy cars, establish a rent-a-car business, a towing company (lots of folks get marooned in the track and getting towed to your pits is preferrable to quitting on the spot, which results in losing your stricken car) and pay police fines.

Really? Are you serious?
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I am a total newb to the sim stuff, but it looks like a lot of fun. What kind of pc and wheel setups would anyone recommend?
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