Three years ago, NASCAR was on life support as a video game. Today, it’s the next esports league, and that may be its future as a spectator sport. Qualifying for the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, running on NASCAR Heat 3 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has been going on for a month and will continue another two weeks, and will ultimately see up to 32 racing fans placed with real-life driving teams for an inaugural season beginning later this year. That’s a huge step for a major North American sport once cast away by the big shots of video game publishing, then taken on, almost as a labor of love, by a small group of industry veterans. And it may be the best hope for growth in a sport that annually tries things to spur viewer interest. “It’s certainly not lost on us that there are fewer people in the grandstands, and there are less people watching the [Monster Energy NASCAR] Cup racing on TV,” said Ed Martin, 704 Games’ president. Something like 700,000 … [Read more...] about The newest esports league might be the future of stock car racing
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Perfect timing! After the Armored Brigade preview code shook the mothballs from my interest in post-WW2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, along comes an unusually corpulent wargame demo absolutely packed with the things*. Lurking in this five-scenario Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 trial are not only modern warfare yeomen like the M1A1, Challenger 2, Leopard 2 and Bradley IFV, but rarely recreated exotics such as the pint-sized Porsche-built Wiesel AWC. In the unlikely event Pixar ever make a heartwarming story about an anthropomorphic tank, the star really has to be Wesley the wisecracking Wiesel. *Post-WW2 AFVs not mothballs. As the image above grimly testifies, Wesley’s nimbleness, dinky silhouette, and 20mm quips don’t always ensure his survival on CM’s unforgiving battlefields. The poor lad has the misfortune to appear in ‘Alamo’, a scenario in which a medieval Syrian citadel stands in for the titular compound and a lightly-armed contingent of German … [Read more...] about The Flare Path: Tankettes Etcetera
In this day and age, you can't so much mention a game name in HTML code or upload a jpeg file without someone finding it and leaking an announcement before its time. Earlier today, WB Games started a 72-hour countdown livestream for a pre-E3 reveal of an unannounced game, showing only a looping snippet of a pit crew working on a souped up race car. Given the distinctly NASCAR-esque imagery, everyone assumed this would be a new racing game - but a Hitman 2 logo that briefly appeared on WB Games' sitemap (before being taken down in what I assume was a blind panic) says otherwise. After the critically acclaimed return of Hitman in 2016, which used an episodic structure in place of the previous games' conventional campaigns, Square Enix opted to sell off series developer IO Interactive. In June 2017, IO managed to buy itself out from its former parent company, retaining the rights to Agent 47 and his professional killing ways. And last November, IO confirmed that more Hitman was in … [Read more...] about Hitman 2 logo leak spoils WB Games’ surprise reveal
This column covers realistic car games with the same boundless energy and fierce incisiveness with which it covers flight sim hardware developments and human rights abuses in Central Asia. The reasons for this are too complicated to fully explain in an intro (In short: tiny desk, gypsy curse, Princess Diana). All you really need to know is that from time to time an opportune alignment of Mars and Snickers, combined with a Super Bowl upset and a special offer on elbow grease at Boots, produce conditions ideal for some guilt-assuaging arse covering. Covering my arse today are iRacing’s Kevin Bobbitt, Kunos Simulazioni’s Marco Massarutto, Studio 397’s Tim Wheatley, and Forward Development’s Eugene Gubanov. After their studio status reports, more Thar She Blows!, a blood-drenched Nantucket AAR in which doomed FP readers pull oars and hurl harpoons. Dirty Ovals and Deutsch Dash – iRacing’s 2017 Kevin Bobbitt: “2017 was a big year for … [Read more...] about The Flare Path: Rubber & Blubber
I've made a huge mistake It seemed like such a good idea at the time. You saw a trailer for the latest gotta-have-it game, or saw some bad-ass box art at the local game store, and you said to yourself I'm going to own this thing, no matter what. So you sell off all your worldly possessions, take your latest acquisition home, fire it up and - wait a minute. This game is garbage. And thanks to most stores' absurdly inflexible return policies, well, you're now out $60 / 45.It sucks when you drop hard-earned cash on a game that ultimately ends up being a complete waste. Even worse is when you shell out hundreds of dollars for the latest hotness only for the price to get sliced to ribbons literally a day after you buy the damn thing. Don't worry, because we've been there too. Each editor has detailed the most regrettable gaming purchase they've ever made. They say money can't buy happiness, but it sure as heck can pick up a family-sized portion of disappointment. Prev Page 1 of 12 Next … [Read more...] about What gaming purchase do you regret the most?