I am all for realistic views in cars. Forcing only cockpit view seems like a quick attempt, but as already suggested, you could force the view in certain limits, so all the hood-cam drivers can still use their realistic enough cams, but wheel-only and chase are still excluded.
Why? We don't need players that fly over cars, adopt the realistic option or leave. I haven't messed with view options, so i don't know can you make cockpit view only to see top of the dashboard, close to the windshield. If there isn't such an option Scawen should make it, so basicaly make Forced IN CAR view, if you wanna kiss the windshield, it's fine, be on the back seat, fine, but it's not fine to fly over the car or lay under the car. You have a HUGE advantage with outside view, it's redicolous, it's not even debatable.
IN CAR view should be forced, not an option, but the fully ajdustable in car view.
Not surprised - hardly anyone plays Descent anymore
True, you're not staring at your centre console, but you're not lying down headfirst between your front wheels either, nor are you staring at the arse of your car as if you were following it in a double-decker bus ... [/devils' advocate] Anyway, the only reason you're not looking at your stereo while you drive is because Xzibit hasn't pimped it with a 7-inch LCD screen yet
What's so wrong with looking through your car's windows anyway? I'm no "force cockpit view permanently" hardcore but I don't see why people are against this option so explosively
The windshield in my car is 52" wide and about 30" tall (and nevermind the ability to look out the side windows without disorienting myself). My monitor is 21" measured diagonally. Anything that wastes space and makes the view even smaller is not realistic.
If the default cockpit view was "fixed" to not eat up half the screen with the dashboard, I might change my vote.
Given the way these things have gone in the past, I'm betting that the current implementation of the FCV is temporary and that Scawen will indeed give users the ability to customize their in-car view when FCV is on, to a certain degree (this is just speculation!). This feature was clearly implemented so quickly solely to keep the LX Month event from becoming a farce, and I have little doubt that he'll take the opinions here into account in future patches.
Honestly, this is one of the perils (and joys) of playing a game where the individual servers are run by... individuals. They pay for the server, they get to choose who races on it and how they race. Personally, I'm all for more choice.
As others have said, I can't honestly see the majority of public servers using FCV. Seems like a thing that's useful mostly for leagues and the rare driver who's into the idea of ultra-realism. (Or for autoX competitions, a la LX Month.)
Because i tend to make my simming as real as possible. Maybe you can't do better times with outside view, but you see much more than you would in RL. You see the tires, you can see the drivers around you much better(not a bad thing though), but generally it's not realistic. As i said, make the Cockpit view adjustable fully to the limits of the inside of the car so that people can set only to see top of the dasboard, etc.. making more use of the monitor..
If you are looking at your wheels or at the apex while cornering, then you are looking completely at the wrong part of your screen. You are handicapping yourself by doing this. You should be looking ahead at where you want to be, not where you want to go.
I could care less about what view others use. If you are using anything other than cockpit view for reasons stated above or chase view for better view of cars coming from behind, then you are handicapping yourself and are not driving as fast as you could be driving.
I think alot of people dont understand... It's a server option.
And being a Host myself our team pays a damn sight more than an S2 Licence per month to run bloody servers so we will put whichever settings we deem necessary on it!!!
Some people have to realise It's the hosts decision not the user that uses chase view. Hosts pay alot to run servers (unless sponsored) and let you (the LFS Community) join them. Saying that you paid for LFS and are going to use whatever view you like on hosts is just silly.
Leagues want a even playing ground and this is probably the best way to do it. It's an option on almost every other sim out there ATM.
The vast mojority of hosts aren't going to use this feature anyway so just chill.
Oh and Vilante_11 you can turn the driver and steering wheel off