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9321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you exercise? on: June 21, 2007, 02:31:52 PM
I was on a great exercise routine early this year, then slacked off for a few months.  I'm back on track now:

Strength training 2-3 times a week, alternating upper+core and lower+core, with a 1 mile jog on the treadmill as a warm-up.

Jogging 3-4 times a week, mostly 2-3 miles with one 4-5 mile "long run"

Swimming tossed in every now and then as cross-training.

My main focus now is working up my cardio health and gradually increasing my weekly mileage and so I can more easily go longer distances.  I've got my sights on a half-marathon in October.  I have a 12 week training schedule that I'm planning to follow that starts on July 17th with 3-4 mile runs on week one, so I'm ahead of schedule.
9322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 02:20:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 01:44:27 PM

If you ever find yourself using the browser for more than novelty or a very quick trip to check your mail, let us know.
I use the Internet Channel on the Wii, and I have my regular PC on a desk just behind my couch, and a HTPC hooked to my TV that has a keyboard with a built in touchpad.

The Wii boots up faster than the regular PC, and it's easier to just grab the Wii remote on the coffee table than it is to go grab the HTPC keyboard that's next to the TV.  Besides that, the Wii browser's zoom function does a much better job of making things legible on my SD TV than simply enlarging the text on Firefox with the HTPC.  The Wii is also my preferred way to look up guitar tabs.  It's awkward to play the guitar at my regular PC, and the Wii does a better job at blocking the myriad of pop-ups on the tablature websites than Firefox.

I wouldn't want to type a post like this one with the Wii remote, but for typing URLs or a few words here and there into a search box it works great.  I mean, the Wii remote is pretty much equivalent to having a mouse.  Imagine if you had a picture of a keyboard on your screen and you had to use the mouse to point and click to spell out a URL.  Slower than a keyboard, for sure, but I'll bet you could click the word out pretty fast.
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 01:38:02 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 21, 2007, 01:27:29 PM

How do you download Opera. I've barely played around with the Wii internet controls at all. (I have a PC for that biggrin)
Go to the Shopping Channel, then err...Wii Utilities or something?  It'll be called the Internet Channel.
9324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 01:16:49 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 21, 2007, 12:53:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 21, 2007, 12:15:09 PM

Why in the world do you want to use opera on your Wii? Can you download stuff from the net like you can on a PS3? Does the Wii have mouse/kb compatibility to making surfing useful (which it is only barely on the PS3, and I think its fair to say the differences in systems has been convered). What's the real point here? And of course, why is Nintendo bilking you people out of 5$ is another good question.

The pointer works pretty well (the controller even does a slight rumble when you pass over hyperlinks). 

And while it's of course nowhere near as fast as a real keyboard, pointing and clicking at an onscreen keyboard to type is loads faster than using a d-pad or an analog stick.
9325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 11:53:34 PM
How good is the navigator in the rally mode?  Helpful and not annoying?
9326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Sim City Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 11:51:01 PM
If the game tiles really are the same size as the stylus tip, I'd say it's more the fault of the game designer than the DS.  The stylus was plenty accurate for me on Ouendan when I had to rapidly hit tiny (but not too tiny!) dots all over the place on insane difficulty.

I hope it's just a case of a reviewer being nitpicky.
9327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Sim City Impressions on: June 20, 2007, 10:47:52 PM
Very curious about this one.  It seems like a perfect match for the DS, but I too have been scared by the early reviews.
9328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 20, 2007, 10:46:29 PM
A 5 liter V8 is a closer match to the rally cars than a 2.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine?  You're crazy.  icon_biggrin  It may be front wheel drive, but wasn't the whole point of the SRT-4 to go after the market interested in WRXs and Evos?

I'll give the Mustang a try, though, I'm open minded. smile
9329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 20, 2007, 05:59:02 PM
I'm always up for multiplayer, but it seems like we haven't been meeting critical mass these days.

I've come to the realization that I just don't care for the American cars in the game.  I needed something for a B-class North America only series, and I just couldn't find any cars that interested me.  I ended up cheating by using an Acura NSX, an American branded Japanese car trying to be an Italian car doesn't seem like what they had in mind for the race.  smile

As I'm typing this I'm realizing I should've given the Dodge Neon a try since I like the WRX and the Evo so much.
9330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look at them guests! on: June 19, 2007, 05:08:53 PM
I agree with your point and/or observation, mytocles Gaming Trend Senior Member Online.  Have you tried any refreshing Coca-Cola products recently?  I find them a perfect match for Simple Machines Forum Gaming Trend Forum - Index.
9331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 on the 360 on: June 19, 2007, 03:31:39 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on June 19, 2007, 03:23:46 PM

What if it was designed only for the PC but had built in options for using the 360 pad?

Just something to think about.
I wouldn't bet much money on them designing a UI to fit the 360 controller and then not releasing the game on the 360.
9332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has MS Finally Changed 360 Cooling? on: June 19, 2007, 03:24:50 PM
My 360 is coming up on its one year birthday, I'm almost tempted to intentionally make it overheat so I can send it in and get the new heatsink installed under warranty.
9333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 02:42:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:39:40 PM

when did dirt start whoring himself out?  icon_wink

I don't know, but I'm thinking rental instead of purchase.
9334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 02:41:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:35:04 PM

The game being banned in Germany is no big surprise, same for Australia.  Does the PS3 have PAL and NTSC versions?  cause if not I hear it's region free.....

There are PAL and NTSC versions, I would guess they'd be region free (when the publisher allows it) for games but not for movies.
9335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look at them guests! on: June 19, 2007, 02:34:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2007, 02:28:44 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on June 19, 2007, 12:14:38 PM

From what was said, it seems a lot of the guests are bots...

you're a bot!  Tongue
That is absurd of CeeKay Gaming Trend Senior Member Online to say, $suspectedbotname is clearly a valued member of Simple Machines Forum Gaming Trend - Index.
9336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 02:31:31 PM

Quote from: Clay on June 19, 2007, 02:26:16 PM

Or, to put it another way, NTSC is 29.97 frames/second and PAL is 24 frames/second (based on the cinema). . .
(with 20% more vertical resolution)
9337  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: 172 guests... on: June 19, 2007, 02:19:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 19, 2007, 02:13:13 PM

What is this "web" of which you speak?
9338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Manhunt 2 banned in UK on: June 19, 2007, 01:51:25 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on June 19, 2007, 01:45:51 PM

I know that I am kinda a noob in this respect but what does PAL mean??

NTSC and PAL are two different video formats for television.  NTSC is used in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.  PAL is used in Europe, South America, and Australia.
9339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Sony] Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray on: June 19, 2007, 01:45:22 PM
From reading about this, it doesn't seem like Blockbuster is so much trying to influence the market as it is reacting.  They're not siding with Blu-Ray because they want Blu-Ray to win, they're siding with Blu-Ray because for them it was renting less terribly than HD-DVD, which hasn't been renting at all.
9340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer impressions on: June 19, 2007, 01:03:46 AM
Woah, Edward Norton as Bruce Banner?  Color me intrigued.
9341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Peeve: Double clicking on: June 18, 2007, 02:51:55 AM
This drives me crazy as well.  It doesn't help that their belief in the need for double clicking gets reinforced by their clumsy clicking.  They'll try a single click, but miss the link or button.  When they then mouse over it properly, they double click, and viola!  It works!  Must be because of the double clicking!
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 18, 2007, 12:10:38 AM
Someone at Qt3 was curious to see how my Autobot logo method differed from him, so I did a shot of both my Autobot logo deconstructed and my Skull from PvP deconstructed:

Autobot logo, with the left half kept together:





Skull:


9343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: June 17, 2007, 11:15:05 PM
Played it for the first time with my fiancee and another couple last night.  We had a lot of fun, but our main complaint was that they didn't have us playing minigames enough.  We had to move our pieces around the game for what seemed like 5-6 minutes before we could have a brief 30 second minigame at the end of the round.  We only played the Monopoly style map where you invest in hotels, so I don't know if the other boards bring in more minigames.

After that we had some fun spending time just playing minigames freeform, but of course we wished we had more of them unlocked.  Overall I think we all agreed the 3 on 1 games were the most fun, it's really fun to all team up against someone.

So thumbs up from us, but it'd be a lot better if the boardgame moved faster so we didn't have to wait so long between minigames.
9344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 17, 2007, 09:56:29 PM
This just in, PeteRock sighted in local suburb!

9345  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Friday Night Gears of War (6/15/07)... on: June 16, 2007, 04:30:19 PM
Thanks for the invites, wish I had the game. frown
9346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Trailer on: June 16, 2007, 03:07:37 AM
Looks good to me, and hallelujah no scaled encounters!
9347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here know anything about Little Italy restuarants? on: June 15, 2007, 09:00:45 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on June 15, 2007, 08:50:28 PM

Stupid question--what are these "street hawkers"?
Pigeons are considered good eating in Italy, so as a carry-over from the old world in a lot of Little Italy districts around America you can find people who still train hawks to hunt down pigeons and bring them back for the hawker to roast.  As Tebunker said, it's very fun to pit two hawkers against each other for your business, you can see some pretty impressive aerial maneuvers as the birds try to beat each other to the kill.

Or maybe Tebunker's just talking about people who stand in the doorway yelling to draw people in, one or the other.
9348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 07:14:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 15, 2007, 06:33:46 PM

If KD stops, then Corruptrelic may take over the duties. Do any of us want that? slywink

Ok, I retract everything I said on page 1. slywink
9349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 04:11:14 PM
Why are you still on the "live with or leave it" angle?  The skin threads don't bother me, I look at them, I don't have a problem with them.

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 14, 2007, 02:43:48 PM

I'm interested in seeing how this plays out.  I'll give it to this Sunday and we'll see then. 
But clearly Ron's interested in at least examining the issue.  I would wager that he's more interested in hearing people's thoughts for and against the issue than he is in just throwing up a poll and going with the winner.

Quote from: Blackadar on June 15, 2007, 03:39:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 15, 2007, 03:29:27 PM

Consider, in your ardent faith in the word of the poll, that Turtle, who initiated this round of discussion about whether the skin posts are turning away, said that he likes them.

So depending on whether he and I voted for option 1, option 2, or option 1 and 2, we could've added 2-6 "poll points" towards keeping them as-is, despite both thinking that they might be turning away the female demographic.

I guess this is a TV show now.  Do you know what the "female demographic" consists of?  And do we take a worse ratings hit by removing any/all offensive threads or by keeping them?  Let's hire Gallup to find out!

If you're going to post again, answer this - is the argument that Sunday Skin - and NSFW threads like it - are too offensive, or is it that Ron's posting these the problem?  It's either one or the other.  Define the issue, please.

The female demographic consists of females who may be interested in gaming forum, or just an off-topic forum with people they relate to.  And I don't know if removing skin threads will make us gain more people than we lose, I thought that was the whole point of Turtle bringing up the discussion.

And as for your ultimatum, I think the issue at hand is whether threads full of skin pictures make the site less welcoming to women.  As a point in the discussion of that issue, I personally think that if the skin threads are coming from the site staff on a regular basis, it sets more of an example than if it's just a forumer posting the thread.
9350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 03:29:27 PM
The poll has spoken, live with it or leave?  Is that what we've come to?  Did you miss the part where I'm not offended by the skin threads?

Consider, in your ardent faith in the word of the poll, that Turtle, who initiated this round of discussion about whether the skin posts are turning away, said that he likes them.

So depending on whether he and I voted for option 1, option 2, or option 1 and 2, we could've added 2-6 "poll points" towards keeping them as-is, despite both thinking that they might be turning away the female demographic.
9351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 02:53:22 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 15, 2007, 01:57:03 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 15, 2007, 01:26:28 PM


Maybe you missed the part where the site owner doesn't start all those threads you mentioned on a weekly basis.

Maybe you missed the part where it's the site owner and he can do any damn thing he wants.

Sorry, I find the whole "Ron should censor himself even more than the average poster here" argument beyond bewildering.  You'd have a much stronger argument that perhaps the threads themselves should be outside the CoC.  But to suggest that the site owner shouldn't have the same permissions (almost used the word "rights", but then we'd get into the whole "there are no rights on a private forum sidetrack) as a normal user is ludicrous.

Of course he can do whatever he wants.  He can turn Gaming Trend into a full-on thumbnail gallery porn site if he wants to.  But what does he want to do with the site?  What does he want people to come here for?

Is he ok with the forumers in the Off-Topic forum keeping five threads of non-nude skin threads bumped up to the top, a picture post thread each for five different fetishes?  Instead of just Sunday Skin, can the forumers start a regular skin thread each day of the week?

I'm guessing you might think those examples are absurd. 

There's a line, of course, and yours is probably drawn to where one or two skin threads at a time is ok, but 5 is getting a bit carried away.  For other people, the line is drawn a lot sooner--just one skin thread at a time gives the forum too much of a men's club vibe.

So there's two questions:
1) Does this place have too much of a locker room vibe, where half-nude pictures and sexist comments (like mytocles mentioned) are getting thrown around enough to drive away potential forumers?
2) Do we care?
9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives DiRT an 8.4 on: June 15, 2007, 01:37:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 15, 2007, 01:26:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 15, 2007, 02:30:07 AM

30 is plenty, if consistent.
60 dropping to 45 isn't that bad. 30 dropping to 15 is a big problem.

How does one tell what the framerate is?

I hear guys on podcasts say it was running at a smooth 60 fps. How do you check that?

I just count them real fast.
9353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Come on down! It's Bob Barker's final show! on: June 15, 2007, 01:36:39 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 15, 2007, 01:11:57 PM

I also agree that TPiR is Bob's show. I just don't see how it can go on without his dedication and energy.

Folks may not remember it, but there was a short lived attempt to bring TPiR to prime time with a different host.  IIRC, they had much bigger prizes, the format was tweaked slightly (I seem to remember they even stuffed it into a half hour timeslot), and I think it failed after only a month or two.

I can't see how the show could succeed without him, but then again I'm sure a lot of people didn't see how the Tonight Show could have gone on without Johnny.  I'll be very curious to see how the new host handles his first day on the job.

Also, I think it'd be awesome if Bob Barker took advantage of his retirement and did what a lot of other folks his age do...be in the audience of the Price is Right!
9354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Come on down! It's Bob Barker's final show! on: June 15, 2007, 04:59:52 AM
Whew, it looks like the 2nd showing is at 8pm.  It snuck up on me and my DVR is currently out of commission, glad I can still catch it in prime time.

I can't believe I missed my chance to see a taping.  The one time I tried to go with some friends, we got to the studio at 6:30am but there were already too many people line.
9355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 04:39:33 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 15, 2007, 02:40:29 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 15, 2007, 01:37:05 AM

For the record, I'm not personally offended by the skin, it just seems unprofessional to have as a site-sponsored weekly feature.  It's a step away from having a "Babes of the Week" button on the front page.  If Ron wants the place to feel more like Maxim, I guess it's appropriate, I just always got the impression he wanted the site to be fairly family friendly.
Wow, talk about jumping to conclusions. Step away? Please. They are posted in an off topic forum, most of the stuff posted here is unproffesional, silly, funny, etc.

Not so much a conclusion as it is an opinion.  The site owner, every week, posts a series of girly pics.  We have forumers who anticipate them every Sunday, and who notice if they're gone for a day.  Surely we have lurkers who also make a habit of looking at the pics every Sunday.  I don't think it's that much of a stretch to call it a feature of the site, it's content provided by the site staff on a scheduled basis.

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The site is family friendly. The forum is most definitely adult, and not because of one Sunday post. I see quite a few threads I wouldn't think people would want their kids reading.
Our forumers are mostly adults, but are the forums intended to be adult only?  Ron doesn't like excessive swearing or nipples, so there's a line somewhere.  I don't remember anything in the forum registration asking if I was over 18.

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Do we really judge websites by their forums? I love Gamspot, can't stand their forums. Same with Penny Arcade. I could probably find another 100 examples. These threads have nothing to do with the front page, and I think it's safe to say they never will. In fact hopefully soon we will be able to comment on the front page on articles without even entering the forums.
You wouldn't think any differently of Gamespot if they opened up a forum section to submit amateur porn?  Of course a site owner is responsible for what they allow in their forums, don't be silly.  There's a reason Ron has a code of conduct and moderators enforcing it.  You yourself posted in ATB's original thread that you thought "a dedicated skin forum would reflect on the GT site itself."  My similar opinion is that a skin thread posted on a regular basis by the site owner reflects on the GT site itself.

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Anyway, the poll is pretty clear, the vast majority like the threads, or just ignore it.
So the majority of people who have not been driven away by the locker mentality have voted that a locker mentality will not drive them away.  That's pretty convincing.

Again, I don't personally have a problem with the threads.  I look at them, as do I look at the NSFW round robin thread at OO.  The difference is that OO is just trying to be a hangout, not a professional gaming site.  IGN is a gaming site with a Babes Channel, and I do think that makes IGN more of a Maxim style gaming site.  Gamespot, as far as I know, does not have a section for girly pictures, and sure enough, to me that makes them more professional.
9356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin Poll(redux) - Does it really belong here? on: June 15, 2007, 01:37:05 AM
I don't understand why it's so hard for some people to even comprehend the point of view of people who don't find Sunday Skin appropriate.  Would you be also be okay if a mod posted a weekly erotic story?  You don't have to click on it, they're just words, etc.  Is it really so difficult to see how a weekly, "Hey guys, let's get aroused together!" thread is different than a thread talking about games with guns, or how wanting softcore porn left out of a gaming forum is different than being offended by the human body?

I mean jeez, I'm pro-choice but it's not exactly a struggle to at least see where the pro-life people are coming from.

For the record, I'm not personally offended by the skin, it just seems unprofessional to have as a site-sponsored weekly feature.  It's a step away from having a "Babes of the Week" button on the front page.  If Ron wants the place to feel more like Maxim, I guess it's appropriate, I just always got the impression he wanted the site to be fairly family friendly.
9357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: June 14, 2007, 08:51:30 PM
You folks still playing this?

I was chugging along at a great pace until I finally unlocked the Hexer.   My plan was to unlock both Ronin and Hexer and then powerlevel them at the same time before continuing on deeper in the labyrinth, but I only got them to level 15 or so before I got bogged down in the grind and lost my incentive to play.  I think my DS has been in sleep mode for almost a week now (plugged in) with my poor adventurers stuck frozen in mid-fight, but I'd rather play Forza at home and I've gotten back to reading books on the subway.

I should probably just forget about the Ronin & Hexer and continue on with my original party so I can finish the game, but even that route is hard after losing my momentum with the game.
9358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has MS Finally Changed 360 Cooling? on: June 14, 2007, 05:35:39 PM

Quote from: mikeg on June 14, 2007, 05:19:36 PM

Personally, I think with them K N O W I N G it is a design flaw they should replace EVERY system that is not set up the new way.  Cuz make no mistake about it, they will die. 

To do anything else, imo, is criminal.   If not, they will never get my money again that's for damn sure.

Man on plane: A new console built by my company plays a game somewhere rendering at 60fps. The GPU overheats. The system crashes and burns with every Live download trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of consoles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Woman in next seat: Are there a lot of these kinds of failures?

Man on plane: You wouldn't believe.

Woman in next seat: Which console company do you work for?

Man on plane: A major one.
9359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has MS Finally Changed 360 Cooling? on: June 14, 2007, 03:36:33 PM
I think the idea is that it intentionally overheats your system in order to expand some of the contacts that have come loose from their solder and get them to reconnect.
9360  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Forza 2] Thoughts, Questions, and Suggestions for Forza 2 Multiplayer... on: June 14, 2007, 03:18:16 PM
You know, I just thought of a better way we could do some kind of driving lessons in the game.  If you're in a multiplayer lobby, but dont' join the race, I think you can go in to spectate the live race, right?  And I believe you can even pull up the telemetry to see the steering and gas/brake inputs the driver is doing.  Since you can still use voice communication from the lobby, this method would let the tutors give live advice and comments right from the back seat.


Another idea I've tossed around for how to make multiplayer more fun for all is the idea of a handicap system to let the beginner drivers be able to compete with the more experienced drivers.

Couple ways we could do this:

Set PI handicap.  If we plan to have a D400 race, the experienced drivers have to stick to the 400 limit, but the less experienced drivers would be allowed a PI handicap of an extra 30, 50, 70 PI, or whatever seems a fair boost for each person to bring them in line with the front of the pack.  They could keep the handicap through events (and tweak the amount as they get better), so that with a 50 PI handicap they'd know to bring a C450 for a D400 race, a B600 for a C550 race, and so on.

Handicap based on lap times.  This would take some extra planning, but basically we get some of the more experienced drivers to post their best lap times for a certain course, like Sunset Peninsula, and then the less experienced drivers are allowed to add whatever upgrades they need to get close to that lap time.  Someone might really need a tire upgrade that results in them bringing a B-class car to a D-class event, but if they end up having a similar lap time then the class difference won't be an issue.

As far as the settings the race host would use to allow for this, it would be as simple as allowing all cars, and having everyone in the room just agree on what class race they were doing next, self policing their car choices.

It might take some tweaking to make this feel fair to all, but I think it would let the "back of the pack" folks have a more exciting chance for first place, while giving the "front of the pack" folks a bigger challenge.
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