I agree with Bob here - it's an interesting idea. The advantage of having a car that's totally undrivable would be that it wouldn't need to have any engine modelling or anything. If it had wheels, it'd need suspension though, which might be an issue.
Could always just have them as a shell with no wheels so it wouldn't be that much more complex than a tyre wall. Damage modelling might cause a problem though. But at least it'd just be one physics object. Hmmm...
Very sensible, similar to what I do. If a demo isn't available, I use a handful of reviews to get a general impression (both positive and negative), work out if I can live with whatever issues they say it has, and THEN think about risking the money to buy it.
Thankfully, my enjoyment of FM2 meant that this was pretty much a given day one purchase unless they did something REALLY wrong in development
But it would only update like that if you had it set up to order by race position. The names wouldn't move if it was the other way (unless someone else joined). It might be a bit too much work though, I'll give you that
And as a spectator, where do you have a live list of people's positions? You get one at the end, and if you have a copy of LFSW it'll update. But unless I'm forgetting something (thanks to no wheel it's been a while since I played) there is no live position tracker available mid-race.
If you're watching someone it'll tell you their position, but that's not all that useful for keeping an eye on what's happening across the track. Ordering by position would mean if you saw them shift you could click that name to instantly go to see the fight for that position.
Sure, you could try clicking on the car indicator on the map, but in closely bunched positions or where a dozen people are passing someone who's stopped in the middle of the track, you want to be able to click on the event right away without having to fart around working out which arrow is which.
I reckon it'd be better as a user-definable option. Sometimes (for reporting and messaging) you want to find them quickly, but sometimes you want to know who's in the lead - which won't always be obvious from the map alone.
Alphabetical, Race Position and Ping would be the three I'd choose - to check laggers out while you're at it
It probably limits the usefulness a little.
But I guess if you see someone has recommendations from loads of people around the world, you can trust them less than if they have recommendations from a load of people in a fairly local area. That way you can be fairly sure they have either worked with each other or known each other offline. Probably makes freelance web work a little bit of a dodgy area though, since you can do that remotely.
My only concern with a system that was totally server-specific would be people leaving when a condition they didn't like occurred. If they knew they could leave Aston Snow go to another server and run Aston Sun, I imagine a lot of people would do (such is the obsession with improving pb's in public races). That's why I'd want to keep it across all versions of that track.
But maybe let time of day run independently. Meh, I dunno.
I was thinking that might put a strain on leagues who wanted predictable weather conditions for particular events, but I guess they can't be controlled IRL so why should they in LFS?
Depends where you install it. As far as I know, Xfire only checks common install paths rather than searching the registry. So if you install it to the default location it should find it automatically.
But otherwise, the method above is the only way forward.
And surely to get your screen looking the way you want it to, you'll need to repeat what you did the first time round to make it look that way. I'm assuming you didn't back-up whatever .cfg file it is that covers screen layout, because if you had you'd know where to restore your old one
I'm with Electrik Kar here - I'd much rather see a race start with one condition but have the chance of changing mid-race. Obviously this might be a bit of a stretch in pick-up races, but for anything over 10 or 15 laps, changing from wet to dry or day to night would be really interesting.
I'd just like to draw something to everyone's attention though.
If there's no plan to add proper dynamic lighting at some point soon, why would Scawen bother to program the lights as a switch? They have no function otherwise. Think about it
Mmm, stoke that fire baby. How long til the rumour mill starts now, eh?
Clearly in Borisland (where being so pant-wettingly set against something that you can't help but follow the conversations like a hardcore dedicated fan) you're not supposed to get excited about things once you're above a certain age or something.
I've not yet found what age that should be though. If you're interested in something, why does the way you show it have to change just because you're carrying a few extra years? I don't get excited about Xmas or birthdays, but I get a feeling of pleasure when the working week is over. I don't get to drive cars fast in real life, so I'm quite excited about a new racing game coming out which I'm interested in.
We're GAMERS. We get excited about GAMES the same way that a GOLFER gets excited about playing GOLF. End of.
I just realised I have a scheduling conflict. Not only am I expecting my Forza 3 pre-order to arrive at work on the 23rd, I already have an appointment with my Extras casting guys that afternoon - which I was going to pull a sickie for anyway.
This presents a problem. I need to GO to work in order to collect the parcel, but how can I do that if I'm off "ill"? I may need to rethink my strategy. Perhaps a doctor's appointment would be the better plan. Maybe hospital. Perhaps I could cut off a toe or something.
I think it's funny this is up to page 21 in discussion and is still 2 weeks from release
Actually, now that you mention that, the only time my card has ever been eaten by a machine was at a Barclays. Hmm. It just stole it, said there was an error and then went out of order. I had to sit in that branch for about an hour before someone came to help me out.
So vote with your feet. My gf's sister does promo work for Barclays every now and again, and commented that they've spent millions renovating their branches (6 grand for a CHAIR?) but still offer fairly crap interest rates. And despite them losing $1.5 billion in the market, their CEO took a lovely £15 million bonus.
I recently switched to the Bank of Scotland's Reward account, so I get a fiver from them every month. My wages cover the minimum required deposit to qualify - score! I've also never had a problem with Halifax or BOS customer service (which appear to be UK-based too).
Been fiddling with the free version for a few minutes, and it's amazingly quick and simple. Doesn't offer anything beyond suspension, but will be a good start for me since trial and error is how I made my (lame) Forza 2 setups
We should all message them asking for an optional patch to remove it. Couldn't be that hard for them. I don't mind it maybe revving once after pulling up to the line, but when the countdown begins the car should be under your control.
I was worried about the 2Gb needed for the second disc, but I reckon getting rid of the masses of Forza 2 stuff I've got saved (replays, decals, DLC, setups) I can probably clear plenty.
I guess now would be the time to screenshot my Sonic the Hedgehog skin (that's been kicking around for about 8 months) before consigning it to the great scrapheap in the sky.
Now all that concerns me is that stupid forced revving it does before the lights.
Sounding good so far. Even more glad I pre-ordered now
I watched a bunch of vids on GameTrailers this morning, and I'm interested in some of the multiplayer modes. Cat & Mouse I already knew, but not sure how things like Tag are supposed to work.