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Old 26th June 2008, 8:37 PM   #1
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Any fellow OCAUer's signed up yet for iRacing?

I got an invite this morning for the initial post Beta intake. I've been looking forward to this one forever - installing atm!


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Old 26th June 2008, 9:52 PM   #2
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Looking forward to hearing how the setup goes. Could be a long and sleepless night I suspect. ;-)
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Old 26th June 2008, 10:17 PM   #3
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After playing the Historix mod for rf all day, iRacing is going to have to be fkn brilliant to force me to pay a monthly fee. Though knowing who is behind it, it has every chance of being just that.
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Old 26th June 2008, 10:23 PM   #4
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iRacing? What's this about?
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Old 26th June 2008, 11:16 PM   #5
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1 thing that shits me:

Having to BUY tracks and cars. I don't really care much about the monthly fee, but having to pay for tracks and vehicles? No thanks.

Even in the videos I've seen of iRacing the total comes to like $200, that's stupidly steep for a game that will have "updated tracks you can buy". Seems like bit of a rip to me.
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Old 27th June 2008, 12:32 AM   #6
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yeah and I honestly don't see it being that much better than RF or LFS anyway which more than keep me occupied.

Speaking to a few people beta testing it, they aren't blown out of the water either, they say it is very good, but probably not good enough to warrant to ridiculous pricing of the product.
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Old 27th June 2008, 9:03 AM   #7
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Well, $13 per month isnt THAT ridiculous (albeit to get that price you've got to shell it out in one hit of US$156 for a years subscription). If you do go for a years subscription you get $60 credits to put toward content or subscription renewal though. You get the initial 2 cars and 7 tracks (I think) included at no extra cost.

And really, to get going you dont need to buy anything else. In fact, you can't until your license reaches a sufficient level where you need or can use the content.

I do like the idea of the safety rating - you advance to another license level if your personal safety rating (calculated against incidents per corner negotiated) is at a certain level at the completion of a season (12 weeks). To be eligible for other classes (such as open wheelers) your safety rating must reach a certain level, and then you have to keep it there else you go back down the ladder again. Different incidents have differing points awarded against them - off track, hitting a vehicle, losing control, etc

Also they class the field based on your rating so you are racing against drivers at the same skill level.

I havent actually raced yet - just practising to get my lap time down, then I'll start racing. Enjoying it so far though!

Installation was easy - download an initial installer of approx 150MB, then once you are in you calibrate video and controller and then update the content (cars and tracks) which was approx 590MB. I love the web interface - very well done.

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Old 27th June 2008, 10:12 AM   #8
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Old 27th June 2008, 12:43 PM   #9
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http://iracing.com/

I also got an invite, but alas I cant play until I get my CC working.

Can't wait tho, a few people I know who got in also are loving it. Bar the track/car prices (which I don't mind too much, as long as they are good quality)

I think it could build up to some great racing. Apparently the netcode is quite smooth, you don't even notice 300ms pings on servers. No more eurolag! YAY!
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Got the invite but would really like to know if its any good b4 i shell out more $$$
You know the drill
Gfx physics cars setups tracks etc ?????
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Old 28th June 2008, 11:42 AM   #11
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You only have to shell out USD$20 first up - 1 month and see what you think. You can suspend your membership indefinately and come back at any time - all your content will still be available.

Probably best to read the review in the latest AutoSimSport : http://www.autosimsport.net/ Quite a few pages there from 3 different reviewers - well worth a read.

Also a video review here : http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=zbAC-PV3lZI Shows off the web interface, which I really like.

I've only just got started with it, but enjoying it so far. I'm running with 8800GTS 512MB and it runs great.

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Old 28th June 2008, 3:29 PM   #12
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Thanks for the links/info aXLe but i might let it slide for a while yet till i find out if many from 0Z join up
BUT i just might install NR2003 for some Lowes goodness (gfx look very similar)
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Old 28th June 2008, 7:02 PM   #13
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graphics look meh, have nothing on what i'm playing atm in RF with mid-ohio in the historix. Also it seems modding is not possible like with LFS and it has a similar data collection system as LFS which is fantastic. Cars look like they handle as expected really, up with with LFS and good RF mods which will be nice.

However $60 a year and then needing to pay another $15 for each car and track imo is a fucking joke and completely unnecessary. Honestly, from what I have seen it is just not worth it, but I will definitely give it a try when I get the chance.
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Old 28th June 2008, 7:49 PM   #14
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Make that $160 per year You are right - not cheap. I guess laser scanning all the tracks makes it a pretty expensive exercise, but I have faith in the team behind it. I've just gone with the initial month membership, and I'll take it from there.

I'm also going to give rFactor a go - that Historix mod looks awesome. Did the models come from GT Legends? I mean they use the same engine and all dont they? ISI? I have GT Legends, GTR2, LFS, but havent bought rFactor yet. At $50 it seems quite the bargain compared with iRacing, but I'm curious to see if the physics are improved over the Simbin sims based on the same engine.
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Old 28th June 2008, 9:40 PM   #15
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I was lucky enough to be in the 2nd wave of beta testers.
Once you have been driving Iracing, it is very hard to go back to Rfactor.
Cars in Iracing are alot more alive.
Give the 1 month subscription a go, if you don't like it don't renew.
If you buy a years subs, you get $60 which you can put towards cars/tracks or your next subscripition.
There are at least 50 Aussies signed up so far.

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