Since a few months we, simracers, are having a tough time on track. Maybe it is not an average feeling but some of my closest friends and I are seeing very childish behaviors with catastrophic effects. Maybe we are confronting an strong blossoming/spring with testosterone freely riding around, maybe we are just handling a new wave of console players joining the service or maybe we are losing our respect to the game and its policies. Who knows, but thing is something is changing.
Millenials and other young players are jumping from console arcade games to the sim, I don’t know how, because it is a big entry barrier not only for working people here in Europe also in US. Anyway, not only new simracers are dragging their rude manners, the current average middle age driver is loosing his/her calm too. Practices are a good example with people ramming out rivals in the pit lane exit, ruining others simracer fastest laps even racing an out lap or screaming and insulting using voice and text chat.
Races are slightly better but revenge is coming lately as a very different and masked element. Taking some advantage of the general labelling of race incident, some people tries to push rivals out of the track or keep trying unsafe movements along the whole race. These fellas are the same who ask for responsibilities to the bodies which they left on track. As always all incidents can be analyzed from different points of view and almost all of them could be judged again and again, so there is not an easy solution but to understand we are always the only one responsible in everything that happens to us.
- When you screwed qualification round and you get a hard position in the mid pack, your fault.
- When you try to scare a challenger with a dangerous or unforeseen move, your fault.
- When you are not aware of the traffic situation ahead (or behind) and you hit them, your fault.
- When you don’t give enough room to your rival to make a clean pass and one (maybe both) ends the race earlier, your fault.
- When you’re crashed because you drove wrecklessly trying to intimidate, your fault.
I could continue endlessly but you already got the message. Every situation can be turn around and draw a completely different scenario where the blame is a relative fact and the only real value is where you finished; out of the race. Be respectful with the rest, but be respectful with yourself first, knowing you are not as talented as Alonso, or as fastest and luckier as Hamilton. You are not even managing half of the inputs real race drivers have. So, when you made an stupid movement, it is possible you’re left an stupid face too. Learn from your mistakes, grow up, bow your head and offer a sincere apology, it’s free for now.