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Long In the Tooth

Discussion in 'rFactor 2' started by jimortality, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. jimortality

    jimortality
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    Firstly, I pinched this from a guy called BoothJoe over at ISI forums but it got me thinking.

    In a sim, is it possible/probable that the driver's age has a large effect on performance on the track just as it has in real life racing? I don't believe there are many senior citizens running at the top levels. The loss of reaction time and vision and endurance take their toll in the real world, so it would make sense that they do also in a sim like RF2.

    At 63, I struggle with RF2 and it occurred to me last night I may never reach the levels I did running the F1 Crammond games years ago. What do you think? Can age present challenges in the sim world that are potentially insurmountable or does the fact that the sim removes the physical punishment mean an "old timer's" glory can last longer than in the past?


    I'm not 63 (Only 52) but I kind of feel pretty much how this guy feels. Maybe we could have an OAP club night lol
     
  2. Paul Bennett

    Paul Bennett
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    All in the mind Jim.
    sim racing has made more aggressive in real life driving hate been stuck behind old farts on the road. But i"ll never make it to alien status in sims.
    50 an loving it, but my brother inlaw had a near miss out on the road he said now he's 60 the reactions was n't as fast as they were.
     
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  3. jimortality

    jimortality
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    Well although I drive, I haven't owned a car for nearly 4 years and I cycle to and from work. I ran into the back of a parked petrol tanker 1 morning. Pissing down with rain on my way home. The tanker never moved lol and just drove off!! That was a lucky escape. I've never been the fastest at gaming whatever age but there is something about the fact that people can do minimal practice for a club race and still leave me miles behind so I think the age thing does have something to do with lap times.
     
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  4. JeffL

    JeffL
    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

    I resemble that remark :D
     
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  5. Lazarou

    Lazarou
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  6. Gijs van Elderen

    Gijs van Elderen
    Premium Member

    :D

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  7. Marco Versele

    Marco Versele
    Hhmmm, yes ...

    First try on reaction test: 56 y old, spot on!???!!
    2nd try: 36y
    3rd try: 37 y
    4th try: 37 y
    So OK for me, no?
     
  8. Paul Bennett

    Paul Bennett
    Premium Member

    50 here , my first was 42y my best 32y :)
     
  9. jimortality

    jimortality
    Premium Member

    all wrong I got 42, 32, 28, 32
     
  10. Kenny Paton

    Kenny Paton
    Backmarker Champion 2015 & so far this year. Staff Premium Member

    You may have something there Jim, or maybe us slowcoaches just need an excuse.:whistling:
    IRL I'm much faster than my oldest son, aged 47, who has been a sim racer for years and in any driving game is much faster than me. I was shocked at how slow I was when I came online having spent years racing the AI. By the way tried the age thingy 5 goes and was between 25 and 42 that's way out but made me feel good. My youngest (44) doesn't play videogames but rides a Triumph Explorer 1200 XC so I ain't catching him soon.:D
     
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  11. jimortality

    jimortality
    Premium Member

    Your oldest son is 47?
     
  12. JeffL

    JeffL
    Right on Brother, I hear ya, it's all good. Premium Member

    I'll race anybody to the bathroom.
     
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  13. Kenny Paton

    Kenny Paton
    Backmarker Champion 2015 & so far this year. Staff Premium Member

    Naw I'm really quick in that race, have to be to avoid skidmarks.:rolleyes:
     
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  14. Kenny Paton

    Kenny Paton
    Backmarker Champion 2015 & so far this year. Staff Premium Member

    Yes and I wish he'd act like it.:)
     
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  15. I'am "66" years "young" and do quite well in my online races. I been sim racing since the very earliest days of F1-99, SCGT, Nascar Heat, NR2003, GTR2, Race07 etc. and believe this experience/attitude can play a huge role in your success in sim racing. Store in your memory that your age is only a number!

    In my opinion i believe your "age" is much less a factor in sim racing from your chair and doesn't affect your performance near as much as it would in a real-life racing scenerio and my sim racing skills have been constantly improving up to the present date. I hope my health continues for many years ahead so i'am able to continue enjoying one of my favorite pastimes!
     
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  16. Lazarou

    Lazarou
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    I hope I can emulate you elder statesmen and still be simming and gaming for as long as possible. I am sure gaming in general is fantastic for the old grey matter, although fannying around trying to sort your sim/PC out when it is not playing ball is not good for the cardio vascular system.
     
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  17. Lol.......diagnosing pc problems comes easy for me since i ran a electronics repair service for most of my lifetime! Perhaps, this kept my brain in a good state.

    Here is my Reaction Time Test from the 1st try to my 7th: 39,41,43,37,32,34,30
     
  18. Jake Fangio

    Jake Fangio
    Please don't rain pleeaassee don't rain

  19. jimortality

    jimortality
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    So Kenny, If you don't mind me asking............ how old are you?
     
  20. Kampalaigner

    Kampalaigner
    Kil Ennunen Premium Member

    I got 32, 35, 25, 20, 19 and I'm 56 ( ! )
    But nevertheless I'm slower than average online racer.