A couple of months ago I was so persuaded by a trailer video of Battlefield 2: Bad Company that I simply had to go out and buy the game –  it was video a coworker forwarded to me following a discussion about running a video contest here at iRacing. I hadn’t played a FPS game in years but I had always enjoyed them so I figured why not?  Besides, I was always pretty good at these types of games back in the day so the online multi-player versions should be a piece of cake. . . .

Off to Best Buy I went and, after picking up the game and a new mouse, I was ready to kick some a$$. I moved my driving chassis out of the way and sat down to dive into my new game. I immediately jumped into a multi-player session and was summarily killed. After respawning I was killed again. Wow, this is a little different than what I expected. After about 30 minutes of this lather, rinse repeat process I decided I should maybe try the offline version. This way I could learn the basics, get familiar with the controls and most importantly, get a few kills under my belt. This turned out to be the wise choice.

I was always pretty good at these types of games back in the day so the online multi-player versions should be a piece of cake. . . .

I played through several levels of the offline, single player version before I decided I was ready to jump back into the multi-player arena again. I was by no means an expert at this point, but at least I could reload without having to pick up the manual each time.

My second foray into the multi-player format went much better. I was still getting killed an awful lot, but at least I was having fun. I was even scoring an occasional kill myself. The hardest part was actually identifying who was on my team. In the beginning I couldn’t tell who was who, so I would either shoot and ask questions later (this no doubt lead to some annoyed teammates) or look at another player through my gun sites, try to figure out if they were friend or foe and then usually end up dead. Does this experience sound at all familiar to any iRacers out there (not the getting shot part, but the tough introduction to the title)?

The other thing I did to get up to speed was talk to friends and co-workers about my experience. Many offered advice, some even sent links to some great videos including my favorite – “How not to be a noob.”

WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE

So I am still no expert at Battlefield 2, but I am getting better and having fun doing so (actually I am really pretty bad compared to the top guys).The fun factor is what keeps me interested in the game. What is my next unlock? When will I get promoted? Can I learn the four different player modes? There doesn’t seem to be a way to ever “win” this game but that doesn’t bother me. I am still committed to it because it is fun.

So what does any of this have to do with iRacing? While iRacing and Battlefield 2 have virtually nothing in common on the face of it, the two titles have some underlying similarities. First and foremost, they are designed for players (or drivers) to have fun. They both can be difficult at first and they don’t have a way to beat the game. There is no way to win iRacing. You can win a race, a division, a World Cup championship of even the NASCAR Pro Series title, but there is still more to be done after that because there is always another race or championship to be contended.

At iRacing.com we are always working to make the title better. Obviously we are known for amazing driving physics and incredibly detailed and accurate tracks and we don’t plan to stop working on this stuff, but there is so much more to iRacing. We are always looking for ways to make the experience more fun. Later this season we will be releasing the online driving school – our version of “How not to be a noob.” While we won’t use the same colorful language as in the aforementioned video, we will give you the basics of what it takes to drive faster on iRacing and therefore hopefully have more fun and rack up some race wins along the way. Expect to see the full driving school available later this month. Other projects that are part of iRacing for the pure fun of it include The World Tour Special Events, 1st Win awards, the club championship and we have more on the way. I can’t get into specifics of upcoming enhancements but trust me, we are always thinking about ways to make iRacing even more fun than it already is. Feel free to share your ideas to make iRacing more fun in the comment section.

One other thing worth mentioning is Ray Bryden’s new book, iRacing Paddock: A Beginners Guide to Road Racing on iRacing.com. It is what it says it is, a great guide to starting your road racing career on iRacing.com, filled with tips and info you would eventually figure out on your own, but a great way to get up to speed much quicker. It’s like having your own personal iRacing tutor. You can find it at Amazon.com if you are interested.

So for all you noobs to iRacing, welcome. Take your time and whatever you do, make sure to have fun along the way.

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About Kevin Bobbitt

Kevin Bobbitt is the Director of Marketing at iRacing.com. He has been with iRacing since 2007 and is a long time marketing professional bringing more than 16 years of experience in both online and offline consumer marketing to the job. Kevin's commitment to iRacing starts with his passion for motorsports. He is a fan of anything powered by an engine. When not racing on iRacing or watching a race on TV he can likely be found at the track or an autocross site in his Porsche 944S2. Kevin is also the commissioner, punisher and all around rule maker for the Rennsport Racing League run on iRacing. Kevin resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two boys.


21 Comments

I was shocked when I saw at the end that it is free with with the service. That is a step in the right direction.

How many training films/ exercises are there? And how indepth are they?

sha-na-na
June 7th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Based on the promo and what Dave did with the papyrus titles in their ‘training videos’ I’d expect something a little more in depth then that (you can youtube those), but probably not tons tons more in depth. Though based on the promo I think they’ll cover a broader range of topics.

If you’ve never been in a real race car and raced, I’d expect these videos to be invaluable as they’ll teach you all the fundementals you need to get you going. They won’t make you the god of speed on the track but give you the tools nessesary to work your way towards that goal. There is just some things like ‘situational awareness’ that you can’t really learn from just watching a race.

Kenneth Decker
June 7th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Nice job iRacing, our money at work!!!! THANKS!!! maybe i can finally get my road license up, LoL!!

David Whitre
June 7th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

This video and the iRacing Driving School look to be full of win. It would be worth $5 just for the school even without a month of iRacing. I’d be surprised if people don’t try this for $5. What a great way to learn to appreciate sim racing and real racing, but learning more about it and getting to try it out on the track. What a great deal. Can’ wait!.

Lincoln
June 7th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Sounds great!,
I hope I-racing starts promoting/incorporating road safety into their Sim a lot more as road safety is a major part of racing and young people that race Sims have the tendency to go out into the real world thinking they are real race drivers and abuse the roads, without an understanding of the consequences, some sim racers have even been killed or injured on our roads .

Sean
June 7th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

great article Kevin!

i would add to the discussion the fact that the driving school has way more importance to iracing than any training you may get for a first person shooter game and that’s related to a simple fact: if you’re a noob in a fps game, the worst thing that can happen is that you’ll get killed a lot and you’ll only do harm to yourself, while in iracing, you’re ruining other people’s races.

Alexandre Martini
June 7th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Very cool news, I’m looking forward to those videos :)

Good job

Francisco Costa
June 7th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Thanks iracing for the driving school it will help me out with road courses

Mark Shaffer
June 7th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

One thing that annoyed the hell out of me… Its Battlefield Bad Company 2, not Battlefield 2 Bad Company, that doesn’t exist.

Its either Bad Company 2 – which he posted his stats and a video for, or he’s completely mixed up and is talking about Battlefield 2, which was released in 2005 and has posted the wrong stats and video.

Seen as you posted the video and stats for Bad Company 2, I’d assume your talking about that, but don’t mix the two games up as they are completely different.

James Yates
June 7th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

It would be more fun if, when you win a race, the screen mentions it as opposed to treating a win exactly like any other race. If it said “You won, nice job!”, that would be cool, or if your spotter came over the radio and said the same thing. That chatty little guy is surprisingly silent after a race.

Yes, this feature would be more like a video game than a straight sim, but learning what makes other games addictive and rewarding is probably worth iRacing’s while if they want to continue to have subscribers. Games are constantly telling the player “here’s a cookie, keep playing”. iRacing’s version of that is SR and iRating, and people wonder why everyone obsesses over it…it’s the only positive reinforcement we have.

A little crowd noise or ambient sounds wouldn’t kill ya either. Even just using GPL’s track noise loop would be a step in the right direction.

dunc
June 7th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’m out of a job! I’ll keep up with the Momentum Racing School I offer on iRacing and this will make a great basis to go off of.! As it said in the video, having a coach really helps and we’ve helped make over 100 safer faster drivers with the Momentum Racing School, which just like these training video’s is FREE for all members!

Greg Cloutier
June 7th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Cool blog. I’m definitley going to take advantage of the downshifting part of this school!

Chris Cunningham
June 7th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

“…Feel free to share your ideas to make iRacing more fun in the comment section….”

One car = one iRating.

Luis Babboni
June 7th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

When is it available?

Jeff
June 7th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

The Video looks very nice and professionell. Keep it up iRacing

George Kuyumji
June 8th, 2010 at 4:09 am

Great addition to the service, guys!

Fabrizio Cuttin
June 8th, 2010 at 7:19 am

nice one thanks – good post!

Things to make it more fun: Achievements! Some serious ones (e.g. “win a race with a SOF >1600”), and some fun ones (e.g. “Spend 3/4 of the race outside the top 10 and then get a podium”).

Shane
June 8th, 2010 at 11:07 am

The only two games I play…go figure

John Hensley
June 8th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Ok great – so WHERE and WHEN are these videos? Says June?

Mark Cockman
June 12th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Plz do something to lock this videos on iracing! It will be sad to see after all your work those videos on youtube the 2nd day of the release…

Alessandro Fior
June 15th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

This is the best news I’ve seen since I join here.
New members are the future of iRacing & if they do not know what they are doing how long do you think they will stay?

Jim Gourdine
June 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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