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Dajmin
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Bah, isn't that what computers were invented for? Nobody needs to actually know these things any more
Dajmin
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Anyone doing much multiplayer yet?
I'll be up for some posse action tonight if someone wants to send me a message or game invite. I'd like to start with some co-op Lawbringer or Survivalist/Hunter if anyone's interested. Give me a yell.
Dajmin
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Anyone around Milton Keynes on Sunday should look into The Centre where Samsung are running a live music event - and we're playing at it. 12:30pm for a few minutes.
There'll be plenty of video cameras and then an opportunity to go and vote for your favourite band of the day (which would be us, in case you're wondering) when the voting goes live on June 9th.

It's free, so you've nothing to lose!
Dajmin
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I rarely pick up DLC for games (especially now since the 360 has no HDD space left), but I'm interested in the Chevy El Camino and the Cossie. Most of the others I could take or leave.
I'd love to see some big chrome beasts added. The 57 Ford Fairlane or Chevy Bel Air. I'd buy a classic Americana pack
Dajmin
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I have to sympathise that I totally screwed up my education too, so I know where he's coming from. If I had the ability to go back now and study something I was interested in (music or graphic design) I would do, but they wouldn't let me back then so I'm stuck where I am 15 years later. Let that be a lesson to you all At least portfolios appear to be more important than qualifications in both of my fields.

I like how passionate sam93 is about stuff, and you need that. But I have say that attitude needs reeling in some. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean you need to tell them to get lost. Take it on board. They might be wrong, but they also might give you the single most important piece of advice you ever get.
Everywhere you go people will criticise you; if you take it all that personally you'll spend more time getting yourself out of fights than doing the actual work.
Dajmin
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Quote from Keling :Any pictures ?

Video do?
Not great, but you can see some sucky graphics there.
Dajmin
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I think it was genius. Definitely hugely ambitious, fiendishly clever and amazingly shot.

I still think it would've been stronger if it had only run for the 4 seasons they originally intended though (which I read or watched in an interview somewhere). I know that you're going to say that a couple of those seasons were short, but there were definitely some parts I feel were added in to fill space.
I'd like to watch it again, but only the 96 or so planned episodes, not to see if the end was more obvious, but just to see if the whole thing was more focused. The first season was amazing. The second was great. After that I felt they wandered a little, but that was possibly just because the network asked them to extend the story. I'd like to see it without all that.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
It needs to fit the feel of the track itself though. Otherwise you could just have a teleport and say "well, they invented the technology, it doesn't need to make sense"
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I accidentally joined an online game yesterday (free roam) but wasn't all that impressed, since I couldn't move a foot without getting sniped. Sort of defeats the purpose of free roam as a meeting place, doesn't it? I did make my character a big fat Mexican with a huge sombrero, so maybe I asked for it
Still want to hook up with some friends and hit the other modes.

I'm now also addicted to Liar's Dice, even though bluffing against the AI when it obviously knows what you have already is a little pointless
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from Electrik Kar :I've had a bit of a go with RBR in the past, but that was before I had a wheel. Apparently RBR is one of the great racers for force feedback- when I get some time off things next I might give it another whirl with the G25.

I played it with my old wheel (which may have been what broke it!) and it was brilliant. Only a 180 rotation on that one though, so not realistic in the slightest. But even with that wheel the feel of the game was awesome. And since you can pick up a copy of RBR for about £4 on Amazon these days I recommend it to everyone.
Dajmin
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Ignoring for a second whether it's the "right" course or not, you're never going to get a "quickish" car that's also cheap. Even if the car itself doesn't break the bank, you'll pay for any kind of popular sporty-ish car when it comes to insurance. Particularly since almost everything mentioned earlier in this thread has 'boy racer' written all over it.

Hell, I'm nearly 30 and my quotes are still ridiculous (comes from not passing my test until 18 months ago). Every car you can buy will hit 70 or 80mph, there's no need to go faster than that all that often unless you actually ARE trying to kill yourself (which would be a waste of asking for advice). Even ignoring reliability (because as a mechanical engineer you should be able to repair most of your cars problems by yourself, right?), getting something with an economical engine (1.8 or under) will be cheaper to buy, cheaper to insure and cheaper to run, leaving you more money to buy whatever else you might want.
My old 96 323F was a blast to drive. 1.5 engine, FWD but it pre-dated drive by wire so was responsive. Compared to the Leon (6 years newer with 100lb/ft more torque) it was great fun. And it was designed by ex-Porsche guys and looks a lot more sporty than it actually is. I'm hoping one day I'll be able to get another.

Hang on, haven't we had this conversation with forumites a million or so times? And doesn't it always end up that they ignore us and do what they want to anyway? Have I just wasted all those keystrokes? Bah.
Dajmin
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There are millions of threads about changing conditions, both weather and time of day. And both require a graphical overhaul Realtime lighting for day-night transitions, pixel shader models for wet surfaces. That's the main reason I've focused on that; so much other stuff depends on it.

There is no easy answer. We're all in the dark as to what Scawen is doing, and presumably he's not just dossing around eating pizza It would be nice to know, but I understand why he doesn't want hopes built up (the original Scirocco release is a prime example). We all just have to deal with the updates as they come.

Even the most massive waterfalls are started with a slow trickle Then again, maybe I'm biased because I've been wheel-less for a while and as such didn't get the chance to get sick of the current content. I can't say any physics bugs really jumped out at me, certainly not in a normal race.
Dajmin
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He offered me the job, but unfortunately the pay was less than we could manage on so I had to turn it down. It's a weird setup though - you need to register as self-employed and they just contract you in. I assume it's a tax workaround.

Gutted though, because it would've been sweet.
Dajmin
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Most of those don't apply to any of the women I've been out with. 7 and 8 though? That really is related to a second X chromosome, nothing you can do about it. All women are totally mental, fact of life.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I'll probably be playing it if and when I get my new wheel. I can't believe you've never played it, it's fantastic. Hard, but rewarding. One of the few games where I enjoy watching my replays almost as much as the race itself.

Never modded it though, so will give that some thought too.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Needs to be longer - there's a risk of people coming out of Scirocco Curve holding up those entering the pit lane. I'm thinking maybe some kind of bridge would work there
Dajmin
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The way I see Split/Second, how long are the massive explosions and stuff going to be fun? Obviously at first it looks really cool in a sort of don't-think-about-it-too-much Michael Bay sort of way, but after you've seen all of the levels in both normal and post-blast states, it's going to be like any other racer. You'll be ready for the triggered events because there's limited places they can happen.

I was in the Blur beta and enjoyed it. Like Mario Kart with real vehicles and no stupid blue shells.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I wasn't directly comparing them, but those are the biggest market in the racing game world. All eyes are on them, and especially with the amount of physics work involved in FM3 and GT5 a comparison is inevitable.

I've never played iRacing (and I never will) and my experience of NKP ended when I couldn't redefine the controls (so I was stuck in 1st gear). But in terms of rF v LFS, I think it all comes down to the staff headcount, doesn't it?
Without mods, rF would be in an even poorer state than LFS is. Without releasing the finished product, ISI probably wouldn't have let modders near it. Without so many people working on it, rF would never have been finished.

I keep trying to argue against getting more people involved with LFS, but in terms of keeping it as a marketable competitor it's getting really hard! With minor mods like the hi-res textures, LFS can look really good, but with rF2 somewhere on the horizon maybe LFS is just destined to be one of those programs that has amazing potential but takes about 20 years to get there.
I love the feel of driving in LFS. It just feels right. No other racer has ever given me that "holy crap" feeling as I hurtle into a corner with tyres squealing. I've done the same thing in real life (accidentally on a narrow country B-road) and like to believe it was my LFS experience that kept me from ending up mangled on a banking. I refuse to become a doomsayer, I just love it too much
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The thing is, all it'd take to draw people back in is a graphical overhaul. And we already know that's in the (admittedly pretty long) pipeline.

But LFS, for me anyway, feels a lot more visceral than any other racing games or sims. The lack of assists is really evident. In games like Forza 3, GT5P or Dirt 2 my lap times aren't quick but I can keep the cars on the road and moving pretty fast. But there's rarely a time when I feel the car is in danger of flying across the road out of my control.

In LFS that's always on the cards. I know that braking a fraction too late will put me on the gravel, I know that a little too much oversteer and I'll end up pointing the wrong way. That's what keeps me interested and that's why I always want to come back.
Dajmin
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Silly question, but have you checked the motherboard as well? My card has the extra power 2x2 block on it, but if I plug it in there it doesn't work. I need to plug it into the 2x2 block on the motherboard instead (beside the standard PSU input bar).

Failing that, there is the chance that the card itself is faulty. You said it was for your second PC. Try replacing the one you KNOW works with the new one. Try the new one in the working PC and see what happens.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
It can't be any more dangerous than where the pit lane joins the track now! Assuming everyone driving properly, on the racing line and paying attention to their mirrors and sides (and ignoring mid-race joins), both drivers would be on a straight piece of road and the one coming out of the pits has a chance to at least get up to race speed before rejoining the traffic. The correct racing line would cross over a little way after the pit exit. The wall would need to be lengthened to make sure people didn't run wide to avoid the chicane, because grass wouldn't be enough.

The only problem I can see is that in order to get off the racing line, the pit-exiting driver would have to cross over the traffic, which could cause issues. Right now they're safe at the outside of the corner.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I hardly ever have time to help the random strangers out in the wilderness. The victim always ends up getting killed before I've ever figured out where they are On the other hand, the ones who approach you in town saying the store has been robbed or their horse has been stolen (or whatever) are usually pretty good. I spent 20 minutes chasing down a horse rustler yesterday, because I was on a slow-ass mule. But I caught the varmint in the end, sure dang.

I like that there's so many random events like that though. It makes the environment feel like it's alive and that the people matter. I accidentally killed some random guy in a town and for ages after that horse breaking missions weren't available round there. It took a few game days before somebody replaced him.

It's not as immediately grabbing as GTA4 was, but the world just works. I can't wait to get online and start posse-ing it up.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Not a bad idea. I quite like that spot to join, although I'd widen the track a little there for the end of the pit lane, so there's more space to gather speed and check your corners before you hit the racing line.

Nice bump though
Dajmin
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I'm stuck on keyboard right now because my wheel is busted. As a result I haven't played online in months I can't use the mouse to drive because we have cats who like to randomly jump on me, and I don't want to end up meeting the walls when they want a turn.

I'm looking at getting a DFGT as part of my birthday though (can't justify the price of a G25/27), so I might be back online at some point soon. Need to work out what I can attach it to first - my old wheel worked alright sitting on my lap, but I understand that the GT doesn't.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Yes!
You'll be able to find customer textures for the interiors of most cars in the Miscellaneous Addons area of the forum. It might take a bit of searching to get the ones you're looking for, but they'll be in there somewhere.
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