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  1. One possible format for Rally qualifiers would be a kind of extended/slowed monthly (championship) with a specific series like R5.  Everyone can enter and everyone is in when they start, and after certain weeks / events a number of participants makes it through to the next stages or event depending on points.   Calendar of events and conditions should be published on day 1.  As well as equipment that will be used in the finals.


    This is just a very quick suggestion, and I would need more time to come up with more comprehensive suggestions as I don't organize clubs and don't have that much time on my hands right now.


    Either way, I think that at least 6 fastest drivers didn't make it to the finals due to the breakup per platform.  And the fastest guys (PC) who made it in Joona/Mickey and others made it in DESPITE the format, not due to it.

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  2. Totally agree with SereneLogic.  And I would like to add some things that were missed from a fan perspective, and as someone who also spent days practicing for the qualifiers:


    In the open Qualifiers; Codies would announce which series of days would be the next qualifier out of 8 total.  However they would never write on the websites or on "paper" what hours they would open and close.  This was not entirely professional and kind of tripped me up once personally.

    Second: The degradation levels of the stages were not published to everyone, so there people who sent slower or already qualified team mates to collect the info, and got an unfair advantage.  (this was easily predictable before organizing it).     Apparently it was  possible to go deep enough in the WS menu options to see the deg level I am told and sitll be able to back out without a DNF, but this was not at all clear from the menu and opposite to Dailies/Weeklies etc.

    Third:  Qualifiers that consist of hot lapping to get in, and a single shot, are absurd.  Not what rally is really about.

    Fourth: Lots of things were permitted in the qualifiers that were later not permitted in the semis or finals, such as but not limited to; controllers, keyboards, gross cuts.  If you want to qualify for X you need to test X during qualifying, not Y.  This is what happened here testing other skillsets during qualifying than during final competition.

    Finals: WOW, where to start. Even with all the stuff already mentioned there was the fact that a 16 year old won the RX final, who is technically not allowed to participate according to the regulations set forth in the qualifiers.  (not that I am for blocking people by age, but what are rules if not rules.)

    Obviously choosing one car is also bad in the final, no less a manufacturer (VW) who spewed thousands of tons of toxic diesel emissions into our atmosphere by cheating recently, and some of the execs are still running away from justice on that so it's not over and resolved.


    Anyway, basically these events need to be organized so that consistency of rallying pays off (not one time luck based shootouts). And all the Intel people need to compete should be provided by the organizer (other than practice and learning the game).   Nothing should be left for under handed tactics like sending off team mates to provide sneaky info, times should be published, setups should be open from day 1 and so forth.   It should be a fair competition from the start.

  3. I have noticed that going from 2D to VR that there is a very very strong (and unrealistic) lock to horizon in the car.  Might help many people with motion sickness I think, but I need to try the opposite which I am used to, which is to allow some realistic shake.  Need it to at least experiment to see if it will help reduce pretty severe motion sickness a tiny bit in my specific case.

    So is there any way to disable this feature to a level similar to "max head shake" setting in the option menu without VR? (note this setting does a lot of shake compensation already and is partial horizon lock)

    I would like to add that this feature is pretty terrible as it keeps horizon lock even as your car tilts 30% to one side across road features etc, it's very disorientating for me!

    If not, could this please be added as an option that's off by default? (you can add a red comfort indicator on it if you please or hide it in the configs, just let it be possible)

  4. On 12/19/2019 at 8:06 PM, KolysioN said:

    - Official = in the game by default, made by Codemasters.
    - Not official = with the @Codemasters authorization, I will upload it as an "add on" to play offline, without censor, cause in the past they have censored me many times about the modding.

    Dirt Rally 1 has ACAT mod, Dirt 4 has ACAT mod, Dirt Rally 2 has ACAT mod (under the table = wait for the Codemasters authorisation)



    here you have a mod which modify the physics, with more or less grip.
    For Dirt rally 2.0, it's possible to have it, so I wait for an authorisation too.

    Oh I see, so you want to collaborate with CM to integrate your mod into the game.  Normally to do that you would email them in the background and see if they are interested.   It's very rare that a mod is interesting enough for a developer to integrate it to their game, but of course it happens and often the modders are paid.

  5. I'm quite sure this is an auto wiper feature that was left to auto on by design.   Hope they kill it in 2020.   I guess the logic is : "how can you enable intermittent / smart wipers or even know they exist if they only enable once in a while, so lets leave them on by default"

    Or something crazy like that. 🙂

  6. Damn, I just realized, I hope lock to horizon can be turned off in VR.  or that's going to break the immersion for me once I get a headset ... 😕             In terms of non VR, yeah it's not really a massive issue for most people that you can't lock your horizon.  It's a little bit of a rarity that people who like rallying want a very smooth experience in terms of car and horizon shake.  It's a bit of the experience of rallying, that the real sport is a fair bit violent in the car.           having the feature might be a good thing for the minority, but yeah, definitely a small minority from what I can see and reason.    Just sucks that it affects some people very negatively like @orangejuiced83      People don't choose to get headaches or get dizzy from games, but it is what it is.

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  7. Just to clarify I tested the jumps.  I am not saying the sliding around sideways on the ground is perfect.  I think *suspect* there is actually a small bit of an issue with excessive combined grip on gravel when the car is going sideways and loaded up, but this I have not tested as it would take grabbing some real life data logs from the same car on similar bends to verify.

  8. Most likely the 50% analog range possible now is considered enough by them...   but man, if they release future seasons/content in 2020, maybe they should reconsider this (and TBH also the clutch nanny).  These are the basic/core aspects of the game/sim.  The driving bits.

  9. There is no reason to break things up per platform other than a technical limitation. (possibly legal/financial as well)  The point is that it doesn't make sense from customers' / competitors' perspective.


    Edit: But yes, if you HAVE to break it up, have separate eSports programmes for each then. Separate champions.   (this would make more sense anyway)

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  10. I agree this is a bit messed up,  but more messed up was that degradation level was not announced to the competitors (and other conditions), there was no practice mode once you entered the qualifier for warmup, no setups, of course the cuts, but also a few people had issues where their times didn't upload and they were cut or that they couldn't even connect.   Not to mention that one car class should be used for an esports event in rallying so that you don't have to learn every single class to compete.   Maybe 2.

    On top of this the detailed end times of each qualifier were not announced along with the dates.

  11. Things that I would like to see improved, most of which caught me out even personally:


    1. If you do one shot time trial entries like this year, you need to give people the exact stage conditions, and an ability to practice them.  So it would be best if practice would be inside the World Series tab with exact stage setup.  For example some stages had medium deg, some had high, in R2 that meant I didn't practice high deg which can be 5-8s faster (but instead took a rut off the stage).


    2. The time of opening and closing of the qualifiers should be posted online!  Not just dates, the exact GMT times.  Having a countdown hidden inside WC sub tabs is not enough, most people are too afraid to click there as it may require qualifying.


    3. Actually the leaderboard times should not be visible for qualifiers until it's done.  So that people with busier schedules etc can qualify earlier and not have others chase them down.


    4. Would be better to select a class of car to do the competition in, like R5 or R2 etc.


    Basically - The current world series was too disorganized for me to qualify.  I now know I had pace in hand in the R2 event if I had practiced on High Degradation like some people who found out it was high not med, so congratulations on screwing that up.   👎

  12. 1 hour ago, mrjiffy6 said:

    Thanks @bn880 for this great tool! I hope you are planning to release a new version that will support Finland!

    I have one question though, I am having a hard time in syncing MoTeC telemetry replay & saved video/audio replay. In one of the youtube videos you posted, you seem to achieve just that without any problem. Any tips?

    Hi, if you mean importing the video into Motec itself, you can select "Show Video Controls" in MoTeC for the video stream (right click on the video window).  Pause everything, press the little lock button to unlock sync options, and just zoom in on your data to detect when "Running Lap Time" starts to tick up, set the MoTeC cursor there.   Then drag the video cursor as well to the time when your car started moving in the video.  And press the Lock icon again on the video to lock them together.


    MoTeC can be a little buggy with video playback at times, and not all format display.  If you mess around with it you will get it though.