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Dajmin
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The number of people isn't that big a deal, since the Forzacentral guys ran 16. Qualifying times split them into the 2 groups. The video editing and replay splicing were so good on those that you'd swear it was a 16-man race.

But it's okay, my spreadsheet has space for 16 players on it
Dajmin
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Hey, Jack's suspension still doesn't look anything like as high as mine. The stock clearance on the 323 is mental Regrettably it seems like mine'll be going to the great car park in the sky soon.
Dajmin
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2 foot tall? You must have a f*cking MASSIVE monitor
Dajmin
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Quote from PedraumF :They could do it at 1kHz, 10kHz, and even MHz with no difficulties Has this low frequency to do with online environment? Or just CPU usage?

Probably just CPU usage. It might also be to combat other strange results due to online latency. Set higher it might cause even more weird behaviour if there was a clash between the cycle speed and ping. But I'm not an expert so I don't know - it could just be a hangover from a few years ago when average CPU speeds were slower.
Dajmin
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I know what it's like to have thin walls. When I lived with my mum, I had to keep the volume pretty low on my computer after she went to bed. The difference being that she was in the same apartment.
Even now, in the slightly older house we have, which has thick stone walls, I can hear our upstairs neighbour snoring sometimes. Which is infinitely better than what we heard the couple who lived there before doing.

But if all you're doing is speaking, it won't carry that much. Music and sound effects are different because the different frequencies carry through the walls better. But even if it does nobody can complain. Imagine you worked weird shifts so that the only time you were at home was when they were in bed - you reckon you'd have no rights to treat your house like it's your own? Like you couldn't dare watch a TV show or play some music in case it upsets people? Nonsense. As long as it's not excessive, nobody cares.

@Greboth
Yup, I've heard that one before
Dajmin
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You're allowed to speak in your own house, you know. As long as it's not roaring out at 140dB at 3am they can't complain just because you're making normal amounts of sound. Regular conversation volume isn't enough to wake someone up.
Besides, the odds are they wouldn't think twice about doing the same to you.
Dajmin
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If I relied on online race results to level up, I'd still be level 2 now
You even get XP (albeit a tiny amount) for completing online races alone, as I found out when I was experimenting with options for the league races.
Dajmin
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I assume the focus is deliberate, since it defaults to focus on the car in Photo Mode. I think it gives it a slightly more realistic feel. The illusion is a little spoiled in the second pic though by the outlines on the crowd
Dajmin
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I especially agree with pressure. I can do run decent times solo, but the second I'm up against people, actually trying to get in front of them, my driving goes to pot. The same thing happens in Forza. I need to learn to try less
Dajmin
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Makes most sense to have the winner getting first choice, either from all of the available ones or just their choice of lottery ticket.

Did anyone win one this year who got one last year as well? The gentlemanly thing to do would be pass on it, but I can imagine a lot of people wanting the entire collection
Dajmin
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That £60 tag isn't counting for much right now, and was a blatant rip-off.

Sainsbury's are selling it for £26 - hence the reason it's currently sold out on both 360 and PS3. Asda had it for £32, Tesco for £38. HMV has the offer of getting it for £10 if you trade in a new game like Uncharter or Forza 3.
Game has another great deal - £25 off the RRP if you trade in CoD4.
Dajmin
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That's the whole argument in nuclear war though, isn't it? The winner is only the first one to successfully get a missile to detonate, after that it's irrelevant.

It also adds a slight ethical issue to the game. If you've got that nuke available, do you use it and spoil the game for everyone (including that one guy with the insane kill/death ratio) or keep it and risk losing, but continue to have fun actually playing? Very clever.
Dajmin
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That and the fact the external collision detection only runs at 100Hz, so at high speed your car can pass quite far through it between cycles, so the resulting opposing force ends up massive*.

* I think.
Dajmin
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Because I'm an absolute slacker I hadn't updated this thread for months. Disgraceful.

Not many gigs at the moment because we're working on the new songs for the next studio session. Two of them in particular are sounding f*cking AWESOME.

December 10th is the Battle of the Bands final, and we're all hoping to win because we could use the money. Not too sure exactly how much the prize is but it'd be a couple of hundred quid a piece and that's never to be sniffed at. Anyone around St Albans is welcome to come along and vote (for us, obviously)
Dajmin
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The problem with shows like the X Factor is that you have to remember that nowhere does it state you need to actually have talent - you only need to be entertaining. And while I wouldn't want to be mocked and laughed at for a living, you can't deny that they've been really successful to get this far with no actual ability.

It's like a car crash. People know it's awful and they cringe when they see it happening, but they just can't look away.

I can't watch reality TV though, it actually makes me physically twitch. But I have seen a couple of YouTube clips of these jokers. This is from the same nation that spawned Lennon and McCartney, Queen, Zeppelin, Floyd and dozens more. The voters should feel deeply ashamed.
Dajmin
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Wa almost expecting some Croc Dundee "THIS is a chest" quotes there. How disappointing
Dajmin
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If I start up a server tonight you're more than welcome. But I still don't think it'll be allowed in the upcoming tourney
Dajmin
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Quote from beefyman666 :The longest ones so far that i've done (excluding endurance races) are stock small cars (Yaris, Fiat 500, MX5, Mini Cooper JCW) and all the F and E class championships/world tours. They made the races rather long and used long tracks too. Something like 12 laps at New York in a stock Yaris, yaaaawn.

I just did that Yaris one last weekend and it wasn't exciting. I know it's a short track but it's too straight to be interesting. That was one of the events where the difficulty becomes a factor - even on hard I was miles ahead. ME! And I suck. With cars around you it could be much better.

Quote from beefyman666 :I stopped doing the seasons after the sixth and just went through the event list one by one.

I've done a few events that way, ones I saw on the choice of 3 but didn't choose and wanted to go back to. But because it doesn't automatically load the next track the feeling of actual progress is hampered. You know you're doing it but it feels a lot more clunky - just like FM2 in fact.

Would be nice if there was a "Surprise Me" option. You choose the class you want to race and hit a button. It finds an series you haven't done yet and randomly chooses a car in that class, or suggests a near match if you've done them all.
Dajmin
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No I guess not. There's some seriously long seasons in there, and I keep looking at the Event List wondering how long it's going to take to complete them all.

Just a shame that the championships force you to use particular spec cars. The rest of the career mode fits itself around what you enjoy driving, then throws it all out of the window for the championship events.
At least it has a list of cars that you can use that aren't natively in that class but can be used for those events anyway, like my lovely Reventon
Dajmin
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God damn it, I've got 5 hours to kill, don't make me complete the career mode
Dajmin
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Maybe I'll set up a lobby and you can drop in and out if you like. I can experiment with the race settings and let you know what can and can't be done

Edit: Here's a WIP shot of my Pontiac G8. Mmmmm, shiny.
Dajmin
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So is anyone up for getting their race on tonight? We can test some cars and tracks for the upcoming tournament and play around with rules and stuff. I don't mind being a guinea pig
Dajmin
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Some people refuse to learn. I have a PS3 with GT5P and a 360 with FM2 and FM3. I expect I'll get GT5 in March too. I like some things in each, and I dislike some things in each. But I don't feel the need to bring them up every time people start discussing it. I'd much rather focus on the positive elements than try to bring everyone down.
Dajmin
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I reckon life in prison differs from country to country too much to really know what it's like in your area unless you find one written by a local

The only book I've ever read which deals with prison life is Papillon. It's a semi-fictional autobiography and nobody seems to know how much of it is actually true because the author was well-known to have an overactive imagination. Set in the 1930's though, so it's a little older than you really want.
It covers a few different prisons in different countries though, and it's a bloody good book, so it's worth checking out. The film is okay too, because Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman are awesome
Dajmin
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To what end? The difference in the cars that don't already have adjustable downforce will be pretty minimal and if every car had it then any potential advantage would be lost.
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