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  1. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip

    I think when I have a play around, the cockpit hands seem to match 360 degrees, but it depends on the car I guess. I often use 270 as my old MOMO Force only went that far, and many games expect that, but obviously with things lik DR2.0 you can use the full 900, if you want a crazy workout!
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    A new TOCA game?

    Interesting article here, thanks to TeamVVV for highlighting it: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-autosport/1164089/BTCC-TOCA-Touring-Car-video-game-Codemasters-Alan-Gow-Dan-Cammish
  3. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5... compare the McRae Rally series (not added the 2013 one or DiRT yet though!): Part of my "Every PC Rally Game" playlist, which has nearly reached 2005(!): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYDobL0b26ugFuXASCIC9qmFb9_k4_fqU
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    I've been continuing to make videos of every rally game on PC on YouTube. Xpand Rally had a driver injury system where you could (apparently) die, and you'd lose your saved profile if you did!
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    Possibility of Purchasable Skins?

    Why can't we have the one from Colin McRae Rally (mobile/Steam) 2013?
  6. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    It releases next week, but there's still no page on the Epic Store to buy it! Although CD Keys has it for £20.99...
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    2001 Focus and Subaru

    I had a Forester STi for a while, it didn't make the standard sound, someone at the garage said the headers were straight/equal hence less rumble but better performance.
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Regarding that Wales Epic Stage, I've never really been a fan of them combining the Great Orme special stage with mid-Wales forests (which in reality are far apart). They used to do it in the earlier, Milestone-developed, versions of the game.
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    Welcome to the new GRID

    Takes me back to ToCA Race Driver 3... although the top F1 car in that had way too much grip! I'm hoping the F1 physics aren't too far off the F1 games (as they have the same car, and it could be a useful promo tool to get people into the F1 games)
  10. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip

    There's this: https://store.steampowered.com/app/501020/Super_Pixel_Racers/ And this on the way: https://store.steampowered.com/app/550320/art_of_rally/
  11. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    That seems a bit pricey (over £60 for base game (this seems like a mistake, as the middle deluxe one is same price) over £80 for collector's edition). cdkeys has the base game listed for £24.99!
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    That's a lovely rain effect
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    GRID wil feal empty with out drifting

    it's not pure drifting, but Eurogamer article states: "It's wonderful having touge back, though the course available is a direct lift from the original Grid and perhaps feels a little over-familiar." https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-07-10-grid-feels-a-lot-like-the-original-for-better-and-for-worse
  14. VirtuaIceMan

    DiRTy Gossip

    Nordschleife coming to Dirt?! Or Grid?
  15. VirtuaIceMan

    Toca Race Driver

    PC version had external behind-the-car views, so I assume PS1 did; check YouTube videos perhaps?
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    Haas Rich Energy logos

    Depending on where this ends up going, expect a livery update for the Haas cars at some point... https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/haas-rich-energy-logo-canada/4454083/
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    Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Braking Boards

    At least they seem to have the brand new pitlane buildings in place (looking at F1 2018 vs F1 2019 videos online)
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    Microtransactions

    Just read this over here: https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/threads/f1-2019-will-feature-microtransactions-—-including-items-only-available-via-cash.387614/
  19. Important note to Codemasters: the method below doesn't involve any hacking, cracks or illegal downloads, so please don't think this is dodgy! It's just getting around the Windows Installer/InstallShield bug that occurs when installing this game! If installing ToCA Race Driver 1 gives you a pop-up with "Severe" and "Error Reading Install Configuration" (happens most often on 64bit machines I hear) then here's how to get around it and get the game running! This guide applies to the original UK 2 CD-ROM version of the game. If you have a different version (or DTM Race Driver or Pro Race Driver) then the guide below may help, but you might have to do things a little differently and I can't help with that, as I only have the UK edition here. Installation:There's two ways to install the game. If you have another PC or a virtual machine that the game will install on, simply copy the game's install folder over onto your current PC (where it won't install). If you can do this route then do so, and skip to step 4 below. If you can't do the above, then it's time to do a manual install! This is a bit time-consuming but relatively straightfoward, just follow these steps: 1. Create a folder on your hard disk to put the game in. For this example I'll use c:\games\tocard12. Inside the c:\games\tocard1 folder, create the following folders and sub-folders (note the 4 sub-folders inside the "sound" folder). We'll be putting files in these in a minute: c:\games\tocard1\GameDatac:\games\tocard1\GameData\animc:\games\tocard1\GameData\cardatac:\games\tocard1\GameData\carsc:\games\tocard1\GameData\chamshipc:\games\tocard1\GameData\dllc:\games\tocard1\GameData\frontendc:\games\tocard1\GameData\shadersc:\games\tocard1\GameData\skyc:\games\tocard1\GameData\soundc:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\carsc:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\collambc:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\frontendc:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\ptspechc:\games\tocard1\GameData\trakmod0c:\games\tocard1\GameData\trakmod1c:\games\tocard1\GameData\traktex0c:\games\tocard1\GameData\traktex1 3. Now it's time to populate the folders above with contents. To do this requires the extracting of the many .cab files on the DISC 2 CD-ROM (the Data CD). You can use Windows to open these .cab files, but it's rather slow, so I recommend opening them in 7zip, which is fast and free (http://www.7-zip.org/). Here's what to extract to each folder (please follow this carefully to avoid errors!): c:\games\tocard1\Firstly, in the root tocard1 folder, put the following files from the CD-ROM's "program files\Codemasters\Race Driver" folder:binkw32.dllGameSpyHardwareSetup.exeRaceDriver.exerd.bmpRegistertest.exeAdditionally you can add the readme.txt of the language you prefer from the eng/fre/ger/ita/spa sub-folder on the CD-ROM. Next up, the content for the other folders. These seem straightforward, but some have a few files from different locations and some that need renaming (notably the "dll" and "frontend" folders), so follow this carefully: c:\games\tocard1\GameData <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM root.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\anim <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM anim.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\cardata <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM cardata.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\cars <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM cars.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\chamship <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM chamship.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\dll <- this folder needs 3 .dll files. Two need extracting from the MATHCP~1.cab and MATHPI~1.cab files, whilst the third is located in the CD-ROM sub-folder "program files\Codemasters\Race Driver\GameData\dll\"c:\games\tocard1\GameData\frontend <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM frontend.cab folder here. Once you have done this, go into this frontend folder and rename two files as follows:c:\games\tocard1\GameData\frontend\_dfe.big <- rename to 3dfe.bigc:\games\tocard1\GameData\frontend\_dfe.ini <- rename to 3dfe.ini c:\games\tocard1\GameData\shaders <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM shaders.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sky <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM sky.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM sound.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\cars <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM SOUNDC~1.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\collamb <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM SOUNDC~2.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\frontend <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM SOUNDF~1.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\sound\ptspech <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM SOUNDP~1.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\trakmod0 <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM trakmod0.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\trakmod1 <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM trakmod1.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\traktex0 <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM traktex0.cab folder herec:\games\tocard1\GameData\traktex1 <- extract the contents of the CD-ROM traktex1.cab folder here 4. The next step is to set up the Registry strings, so the game can work properly. The Registry lines included below are for use on a 64bit machine, hence they include the Wow6432Node\ part. If you're installing on 32bit (for some reason; the installer *should* work for you!) then remove this part. The following lines you may wish to change (remember to use double-slashes \\ instead of single ones when giving the path to the files): LANGUAGE = could try other values (eng/fre/ger/ita/spa), but not tested this, so it might fail!PATH_MAIN and PATH_APPLICATION = change these to the correct path to where the GameData and game folder are located, if you didn't use the c:\games\tocard1 mentioned originally.PATH_CD = change this to your CD-ROM drive, if it's not the E:\ driveThe other values are specific to the UK verson of ToCA Race Driver, so change them at your own risk! To use these lines, copy them out into NotePad, then edit as necessary, and save as ToCARD1.reg somewhere. Locate this .reg file and double-click it to install the Registry settings. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\Race Driver]"LANGUAGE"="eng""SKU"="eur""PATH_MAIN"="C:\\Games\\tocard1\\GameData""PATH_APPLICATION"="C:\\Games\\tocard1""PATH_CD"="E:\\""NAME_APPLICATION"="ToCA Race Driver""NAME_CD"="ToCA Race Driver Game Disc (Disc 1)""TITLEBAR"="ToCA Race Driver""NO_DRIVE"="Please insert the disc labelled ToCA Race Driver Game Disc (Disc 1) into your CD drive.""NO_DISC"="Please insert the disc labelled ToCA Race Driver Game Disc (Disc 1) into your CD drive.""WRONG_DISC"="Please insert the disc labelled ToCA Race Driver Game Disc (Disc 1) into your CD drive." 5. Before you run the game, there's a couple of other steps necessary. Firstly, install EAX sound extensions, so you can have surround sound (if you use a card that supports EAX, for example any recent SoundBlaster with the Creative ALchemy software included). Do this by opening the CD-ROM, going into the EAX folder, then double-click Setup.exe - this works fine on 64bit I find. 6. If you do use Creative ALchemy, set up a path in it to the game's install folder, so that the EAX can be enabled in-game. 7. Next it's time for the official 1.1_120 patch to be applied. You can get this from the Patches Scrolls site. Download it and double-click to install it. You should note that all the patch updates are supplied successfully. 8. Go into the c:\games\tocard1 folder and double-click HardwareSetup.exe to set up the hardware. Note: with the patch applied, the maximum refresh rate available under "Graphic -> Advanced Settings..." might not be the highest your monitor can take. So once you've applied the settings you with, click "Save and Exit", then open the pchardwareconfig.ini file and change the "FullScreenRefresh=" to the maximum refresh rate you wish to use (on my monitor it would only let me select 120hz in the settings, but I changed this to 144hz in the .ini file, which my monitor can take). Note: with regard to resolution, widescreen resolutions can be set, but the game will be stretched (fat looking images!), so best to run with a 4:3 resolution, as the game was made for that! 9. Finally, right-click and drag a shortcut to the RaceDriver.exe file, if you wish to have a shortcut to launch the game from somewhere else on your PC. 10. Insert the DISC 1 CD-ROM to play (the DISC 2 one can be left in the box). Note: the game may briefly open in a window then minimise to the taskbar. If it does, just click the icon in the taskbar and it'll pop-back up! Note: I haven't tried network modes, as it used GameSpy, which is now dead!
  20. VirtuaIceMan

    WE WANT GRID 4! - Main Thread

    It's probably down to licensing these days; car companies wising up to the value of their product and charging a lot more/doing exclusive deals (*cough* Toyota *cough* Gran Turismo seemingly). That's not to say they couldn't do another smorgasbord of racing one day (I liked in ToCA you could be doing touring, ovals, open wheeler, historic, rally, rallycross, monster truck, trucks, even Honda quads and mowers!! The rally bit was a nice crossover, almost a mini sales demo for the Colin McRae games. I hope the F1 bit might be a mini promo for the F1 games, but it's much more likely it'll have dialled-down arcade handling (wonder if we'll get handbrakes in the F1 cars like ToCA Race Driver haha!).
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    WE WANT GRID 4! - Main Thread

    I hope that Pro Truck is a throwback to the truck racing in the ToCA Race Driver games, but you're probably right 😛 I don't know where F1 fits in, but I hope they have more open wheel catergories than just that. To be honest, it is a bit underwhelming, compared to the ToCA Race Driver games, nothing has ever had the breadth of content that TRD3 had, for instance.
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    GRID Gossip Thread

    The popular Dirt Rally Gossip thread has found that a couple of Subaru rally cars might be having their audio recorded by Codemasters: What's interesting is that in the background might be the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from AMR, which is a track car, not a rally one... maybe they're working on a new GRID title? GRID needs a Gossip Thread... 🙂
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    GRID Gossip Thread

    If someone senior wants to kill this thread and rename the WE WANT GRID 4 one then that might be best, as that has most traffic
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    WE WANT GRID 4! - Main Thread

    Maybe they're from console version?
  25. VirtuaIceMan

    WE WANT GRID 4! - Main Thread

    Gameplay footage... back to the first track in Race Driver: GRID! Sort of a reboot... Compare to GRID and GRID Autosport:
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