rFactor – the future of race sims

rFactor is an excellent racing simulator with a strong support for user generated content.

From the rFactor official web site: "The first installment in the rFactor series features mixed class road racing with ultra realistic dynamics, an immersive sound environment and stunning graphics. This is the game you will want to play.

rFactor provides unprecedented flexibility, allowing the series to grow and evolve with mod community involvement, race club formation, and feedback from users worldwide."

So far, I have created and released two relatively successful mods for rFactor - Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Toyota Supra MKIV. The Corvette was awarded the Mod Of The Year 2007 by the rFactor modding community and central rFactorCentral and the Supra features high quality graphics (new custom shaders!) and accurate physics and received high user scores from the community.

RACER – free cross-platform car simulation project

In around 2002 I discovered Racer, a free car simulation project that features user created content such as cars and tracks. At that time, Racer was still in very early stages and had a lot of bugs and unfinished features. But something about the freedom in Racer kept me to stick around and soon I started to create my own mods for the simulator - mostly cars at first.

Fast forward 9 years and Racer is pretty much the same thing, having lot of bugs and unfinished features. Still, it has come a long way since, and now has very nice graphics achieved by programmable shaders (almost Gran Turismo 5 quality!), quite good physics and a supporting community. Also, Racer is being used for commercial simulation hardware - check out Cruden.

Content creation for Racer is made easy by the use of plain text files for content properties, support for common texture formats such as TGA, BMP, DDS and of course additional tools that come with Racer installation.

Because of the ease of moddability, Racer makes a pretty good (and free!) platform for content creators to test out their creations quickly and conventiently.

Important links to check out:
- Racer home
- Racer community forums at RaceDepartment