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  1. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Interesting how a few years ago DR was only slightly familiar to real rally people, or it was 'just a game'. Now after #canceled2020 and everyone searched, including drivers, for thier rally fix, this is now a thing. I did my best to promote it over the years here in the US, not going to say it was all me, but hopefully I got the bug in a couple drivers to play.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Name checks out
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    And just like most of my posts, I try to be 90% encouraging to the devs, but sometimes there is 10 percent complaining/frustration that slips through, lol. @CMMcBabe Just like real rally... pushing through that last 10 could be the most satisfying. 🙂 I think many see RBR for its no-nonsense rally play.. Not that anything would be taken away from some polishing but after playing it for some time and going back to DR, I do see quite a bit of difference in physics. There is a reason that some top rally drivers prefer it, the car control is very predictable. Some say its unforgiving, No... if you drive like you do in DR and seeking that top spot on the charts, yes! In reality driving like that is not real, you would never drive like that in a real rally and RBR doesn't let you drive like that. Codemasters own Colin McCrae Dirt (Dirt 1) had a quote from the codriver at the beginning on some stages: “Slow and steady wins the race.." Yes that goes against Colin's "If in doubt, flat out" philosophy that we all love, but he didn't do that until he was more experienced, otherwise he would have never made it to the top. I guess I am getting older and I am not your target market where instant gratification is the more important than honing your skills. Fatherhood changes your perspective at times, teaching someone how to do something and seeing the fruits of that work is most satisfying. Hoping that those patience and thinking ability's are passed on is gold. So seeing a rally simulator as a teaching tool and you progress to be a better driver. However part of that teaching is discipline and consequences for bad actions, I hope that the next title could return to that "Dark Souls of Racing" only better. (and with replay saving )
  4. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    reading some of these posts from January, I'll say the same thing that I have been saying for more than 10 years. Dirt Rally (not including DiRT# anymore because of the direction it has gone) needs to be able to save the replays. It seems that the tech is 90% there, but realistically I am sure that last 10 is harder than the 90 that is given, however. None the less something that is editable, customizable, and flexible enough to make content that is beautiful should be included, much the same way photo mode should be. I am biased, I worked on the "Confront the unknown" video that was shared internally at CM a long long time ago.. Had a sequel in the works for a while using only the game, but got frustrated with only limited cameras even with mods. Personally I think videos can make a impact on the promotion of the game as well, much like is put out by the Publishers. I have talked to a few at CM in the past about how much is lost not having any type of custom cameras. There is so much art/scenery/sound that is lost not having these. I am sure this can show some warts of the game at times, but those are already done showing some of the crazy unintentional physics the game has from time to time. TLDR: There is a lot to like about DR Titles, but as I have stepped away from it for a while and explored some other simulators with long histories. I am seeing it more of a game on rails than a flexible simulation.
  5. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Well, I plan to be there, but each event locals will decide if its ok for spectators. I hope by June this 'Rona **** is somewhat cleared up.. I have my doubts, though.. hopeful but reality is sad
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Does the XBSX seem better than a current PC as far as power? Like Is the fog taken away on Finland?
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Not going to beat a dead horse, possibly a positive with EA owning CM - Licensing money will not be a problem, possibly getting licenses will not be as hard, either. I don't think we will see Forza like deals, nor should we want that, but maybe a few more manufactures will be persuaded now.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Wow, I had to come here after finding the news. I have a lot to say, but I will make this post brief. (EDIT: lol, riiight) A small company is a hungry company, hungry for people’s approval and satisfaction. This drives sales (obviously) and hopefully/eventually turn a profit to continue. If you enjoy what you are doing and pour your heart into it you most likely will succeed, you won’t make billions, maybe not even millions, but you will go home every day satisfied of your work. Large companies are greedy, and publicly traded companies are worse, they only care about profit margins and satisfying their shareholders - this is why they fire 100s-1000s of employees when already profitable just to meet shareholders projections for higher profits. Dirt Rally was made in time of desperation, and the devs fought to get the game done they put all of their heart into it. Codemasters at the time was not publicly traded. Pressure was there, no doubt and they lost a few good people along the way, but we know they left their mark in racing games. I just cannot see where this is a good outcome for our beloved rally game series. Try to stay positive, but the marketing machine will gearing up to spin their PR fake love for us like a cheating spouse preparing to leave you.
  9. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    PJ, your doing a fine job here. Nothing will bring the past back nor should it be faked. The "old crew" were unique in how they worked, what they liked besides gaming, etc. I said this before, though: When they popped in here, it was in a light hearted way, not drudgingly like it was part of the job. Sure they got pelted with many questions, and some complaints, but they posted enough other things (memes or whatever) to show they where one of us, passionate about the title, and just plain human. I doubt it did anything for sales in the grand scheme, but it made US fans of the games even more and fans of them. I guess they enjoyed talking to our bunch, we had enough in common about our passions and probably picked up some Subaru knowledge from @tbtstt 🙂, I believe they came here on their own time. It just linked us all to the human behind a credit line in the game that many may never look at (unfortunately). If the new devs don't see a value, that's their personal choice, but without them coming here this thread would be dead and gone long before it made it to 1659 pages. Stay safe
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    @PJTierney Never saw your website before. Impressive amount of art you have done. I remember back when you posted a couple of illustrations, but that kind of scrolled by on the phone. Taking a bit longer to look at what you have done is really cool. Also saw the Tutorial you did for Digital Arts, I remembered that very well, because I was using a similar approach (and still do). I was un-easy about the approach, coming from very traditional art techniques and ideas, still feel like its cheating if I don't have my Copic markers and pens out in front of me. However I bought a Surface Pro a few years ago and started up painting digitally exploring different techniques. I may have to go back and look at your guide and see it with fresh eyes after all the years.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Waiting on any Dev response If only Porkhammer where here
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    IF memory serves me right, the Solbergs commented on this, this is why they were not playing in 1st person view. They had no feeling of the rear end position of the car. Something like that.. This year has been a big blur to me
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Knock, Knock... Hey DR3 Devs! I think it would be kind of you to say hi now and then, maybe introduce yourselves, tell us how YOU have been involved in real rally. Yes, we miss the old personalities that used to be here, but we would like to know you a little, like you actually care about who plays your games. This is not a rant, but the Gossip thread was FUELED by developers passion talking here and at least put a faces on the hard work that just ends up a line in the credits.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    If anyone would ever listen at CM.. these tools help to promote your product, don’t just chuck us a bone, give us the whole meal, and we will tip you well with much content.
  15. gfRally

    Share your Custom Liveries & Tools here.

    I know you don't want to find out, but I wonder if he can really do anything. I have been in the design business for over 20 years in various capacities. If you design something FOR a customer and the transaction with that customer is made and finalized. They are allowed to do as they please once files are handed over. For example, you cannot copyright a logo that you design for a customer. Somewhere there is someone dumb enough to agree to it.. the designer is laughing all the way to the bank. However this is the greed that the world now feeds on. Everything has a price on it (what I am typing right now is probably sent to thousands of advertisers and data mined) It sucks, I am just glad old school artists have some freedoms.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Been to PIMA, didn't realize that it was Private. I got a number of unique photos there, as well. Not too often do you find a B58 Hustler outside with typical desert dust on it, instead of the rather pristine museum pieces. MSFS is around 120gb to download. I think they say 150gb hard drive space after decompression. All in all... I am glad I got it on Gamepass, it crushes my system, and as much hype as there is about the scenery being so detailed, this is based on BING maps not Google. They do not have the most up to date data, also stuff like bridges are kinda right but they are built like buildings - they are solid objects. This is different on the hand crafted cities. I live near one of the cities that has not been touched. Anyhow, from about 500-1000ft up it looks pretty good except for a few autogen buildings. It was satisfying to crash into my house, though!
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Restoration hangers are the best. Up close and dirty. I had access to the Smithsonian AIr and Space museum's restoration and warehouse facility umm... (wow 20 years ago now) That was incredible to photograph! Some of the stuff that I saw there hadn't seen in public for more than 40 years. Many of the pieces have since been moved to display at the Udva-Hazy Center in Washington DC (technically Virginia) which is more like Smithsonian Air and Space museum 2. Still waiting to see a few of the planes that where way back in the dark corners. Going to the UK would be very overwhelming, some of the planes kept in Duxford and a couple others are extremely rare to see. It must be nice to be a days drive from the Mach Loop/Duxford/all of London historic places/and Wales Rally GB. I would probably run out of weekends to visit all that I have on my bucket list there 🙂 EDIT - Since I posted this (6hrs ago currently) I was 2 hours into DL MSFS2020 it still has 10gb to go! This thing is massive. I have pretty fast internet, too.
  18. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    My second passion is aviation, man you guys suck at identifying these. I admit the middle one could be a Hurricane or a Spit (hard to model at this scale). I guess as an American the first and last are very clear, I'll give you Brits a something for being confused, since these may not fly as regular over there.
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    Share your Custom Liveries & Tools here.

    At least we can have some awesome screenshots, maybe CM will fire their legal department and hire some new ones with balls so there isn’t any more ‘licensing’ issues excuses, next time.
  20. gfRally

    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Good for Paul. Glad he is back in the drivers seat of a new racing game. Besides with Codies buying up other racing studios, its good to see some [worthy] competition. I have nothing against Codies, but competition pushes everyone for quality.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    Haven't seen much in Racing game news that has got me excited about, then I read this: https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/pcars-3-new-developer-blog-post-upgrades.187838/ This is a feature (NOT UPGRADES, but how they work and the limits) that I have been wanting in DR for a long time. This should not be available on every car, Group B cars should stay the same. But I have mentioned in the past, for me it would be perfectly acceptable if licensing was an issue, that a could have low end cars where made up (a la Wreckfest) that are basically starter cars like most run in here in the US. There are some real s***boxes that run, but the teams have lots of fun and its what they can afford. But as with everything the more you learn and maybe budget more, you will upgrade your car with better suspension, engine (components), etc. Sometimes these are for the better and sometimes not depending on your car choice and driving skill - can you handle/compete but adding a turbo to your car, does it make sense to move into an other class where you are totally outclassed, does it break other parts of the car, do you now have a car with poor suspension but a faster car that is unweildly? I like the Physics based approach that SMS is taking, I hope it works out. I am not looking at the big picture of what works in a game. But I think this would ad some fun and competition to a lower class that many may ignore and also a little more realism than starting with an old Alfa that a small team couldn't afford to own (at least here in the US).
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    There HAS been a lot of nostalgia on the Dirt YouTube channel lately.
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    American English Co Driver

    Alex Kihurani
  24. Kyloton Games has been rather notorious for releasing a game and having about 1 month of support for it then dropping it and moving on. I wonder if this will change once CM takes it over. The Dirt team seems to listen a little better, but there are only so many resources available to support a released game when there is another to be released in another year. I don't play F1, just not my thing, but how does CM work it out over there? I know its a different team/studio, though.
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    DiRTy Gossip about DIRT Rally Games

    I'll just post a link on my thoughts of CM/WRC future.
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