Would You Rather...

Would you rather...


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1 year real life national racing season will last for a lifetime. Perhaps even with some live-streaming or so or whatever. So you can show it your grandchildren or whatever familymembers.

eSports is cool, but it's actually just gaming. Only it's a niche and we're sitting dedicated rigs.. Nothing special.
 
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Ryan Soucy

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I rent an FVee for about 4 figures a race 2 times a year. A better question would be how much sim racing would I give up to get this racing paid for.

I would say to skip sim racing for an entire year, I would need about 6 races fully funded. That being said, without simracing, I would probably lose some of my skills and sharpness.
 

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Real is my deal. Sim is a substitute for me. If I had the chance to cut loose in a real car, no way I turn that down.
 

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Gotta be the real thing. I've been enjoying this lockdown gaming like anyone else, but would love the experience
 

Jason Chamberlain

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Serious question here - how many of you in the "real life - it's a no-brainer" camp have ever actually been on track? Have you experienced a hot cockpit with an engine constantly vibrating your guts? Have you experienced the lurching in your stomach as the car accelerates, decelerates, and turns?

Before I got on track with someone I thought, "Oh, this is going to be awesome!" By the time it was over, I was ready to be stationary for a while. Now I also realize that motion-sickness is very different when you are in control of the vehicle, but it was still a real thing for me.

On the other hand, karting doesn't bother me at all and I thoroughly enjoy it. But that is also relatively low-risk in terms of cost or personal injury. I also enjoy driving my Miata on mountain roads when I have the chance. So maybe it was just not being the driver.

But either way, there is a lot more risk on track. I'd be worried about damaging someone else's car or my own. And I'd be worried about hurting myself and others. I really don't understand how someone can have a massive shunt and then approach the same corner with just as much aggressiveness. But perhaps this is just further proof that I am not cut out for this IRL.
 

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Boiling it down it comes to do the same stuff I do today but get paid to do it, or try something I can't (because of money) and get paid to do it. So by choosing the national series, I get money, a new experience and can still do simracing for fun. So it would be illogical for me to take the paid esports opportunity.
 

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We are all people roleplaying real racing drivers, of course we see real racing as the real deal. The relationship between real racing to simracing is the same as the one between watching porn and doing the real thing, it's just an substitute for when you can't do the real thing. Nobody rather being iracing wdc than being F1 wdc.
 

robt100

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Maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way, but I'd go for the eSports driver....
With a 'free' national series, you would still need to work in the week, leaving little time to dedicate to the racing outside of actual race time, and the end of the year thats it, done. There's no real onward path from a small national series.
With a paid Esports drive, you can dedicate all your 'working' hours to improving and becoming one of the very best, with the recent increase in interest and investment in eSports, both in production and prize money. Having that year to improve and get well known in the community could lead to another eSports role and so on and so forth, and probably very soon could mean you are able to tick both of the above options ;)
But maybe thats just my brain being in endurance racer mode and looking at the long-game:geek:
 
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Jason Chamberlain

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We are all people roleplaying real racing drivers, of course we see real racing as the real deal. The relationship between real racing to simracing is the same as the one between watching porn and doing the real thing, it's just an substitute for when you can't do the real thing. Nobody rather being iracing wdc than being F1 wdc.
I'd rather not be F1 WDC, actually, I wouldn't want to be that famous. However, I am an American, so I could walk around in my country relatively anonymously. ;)
 

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i paid for Karkting membership for 3 years so I'd gladly pay to do real live racing.
 

David Mann

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Serious question here - how many of you in the "real life - it's a no-brainer" camp have ever actually been on track? Have you experienced a hot cockpit with an engine constantly vibrating your guts? Have you experienced the lurching in your stomach as the car accelerates, decelerates, and turns?

Before I got on track with someone I thought, "Oh, this is going to be awesome!" By the time it was over, I was ready to be stationary for a while. Now I also realize that motion-sickness is very different when you are in control of the vehicle, but it was still a real thing for me.

On the other hand, karting doesn't bother me at all and I thoroughly enjoy it. But that is also relatively low-risk in terms of cost or personal injury. I also enjoy driving my Miata on mountain roads when I have the chance. So maybe it was just not being the driver.

But either way, there is a lot more risk on track. I'd be worried about damaging someone else's car or my own. And I'd be worried about hurting myself and others. I really don't understand how someone can have a massive shunt and then approach the same corner with just as much aggressiveness. But perhaps this is just further proof that I am not cut out for this IRL.
Driving on track is the best feeling in the world for me. I was worried about the motion sickness aspect, but I have no issues at all while when driving. Although I think a Ring Taxi or something like that would make me nauseous, I can't even stand roller coasters anymore as I get older.

Find a way to go racing IRL @Jason Chamberlain ! It's a lot different than sim racing. IMHO, It's easier IRL than in sim racing to avoid other cars and stay safe.
 

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Serious question here - how many of you in the "real life - it's a no-brainer" camp have ever actually been on track? Have you experienced a hot cockpit with an engine constantly vibrating your guts? Have you experienced the lurching in your stomach as the car accelerates, decelerates, and turns?

Hmmm...you've basically just listed why doing a trackday/supersprint in an 86/MX5/hot hatch on sticky tyres still provides way more of a thrill than any of the fastest and most challenging combos in sim racing, as fun as they are :p
 

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Enjoy the results skew to real life racing while it lasts.

The trend in many areas is for the fake thing to become accepted as the real thing.

I suspect without the excitement of combustion engines Fe will eventually be relegated to the virtual or least predominantly remotely viewed as it is now never to be on par with F1 in-person.

If you get a chance, watch Bruce Willis' Surrogates. It depicts a world where everybody lives regular daily lives but all from home controlling an avatar of sorts. We're getting there. Covid seems to have accelerated it.

 

Jason Chamberlain

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Driving on track is the best feeling in the world for me. I was worried about the motion sickness aspect, but I have no issues at all while when driving. Although I think a Ring Taxi or something like that would make me nauseous, I can't even stand roller coasters anymore as I get older.

Find a way to go racing IRL @Jason Chamberlain ! It's a lot different than sim racing. IMHO, It's easier IRL than in sim racing to avoid other cars and stay safe.
I think you missed my earlier post. I have been on track. Way too much risk for my cowardly heart. But I admire folks who enjoy it.

I do think I have a heavier wallet in the end though :)
 

Jason Chamberlain

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Hmmm...you've basically just listed why doing a trackday/supersprint in an 86/MX5/hot hatch on sticky tyres still provides way more of a thrill than any of the fastest and most challenging combos in sim racing, as fun as they are :p
Of course it does. Perhaps I'm the only one here who really isn't a thrill-seeker IRL.
 

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Real life would depend on the series and training I would receive before the season. I would not be interested in tractor racing or a series I would just be watching my mirrors all race.
 
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