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I was excited for Forza Motorsport 5. The promise of the XBox One's next-generation graphics capabilities combined with cutting-edge technologies like Forza's Drivatar system and its much, much more lax attitude towards car customization (both visual and mechanical) made it an appealing title for me. Then I had to write this story.


The last time we saw a real racing driver pitted against a professional gamer, Viagame threw one of each in a Renault Megane RS and the contest was staged as the pro driver navigated the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. That could be seen as a handicap for the gamer, since he's got to get his drive on while dealing with all sorts of unfamiliar G-force sensations that are out of time with what he's doing. Even so, the gamer won.


The Nissan GT Academy has proven that hardcore gamers can become real-life racers, but Viagame wanted to see what would happen if a gamer raced head-to-head against a racer... in real time. To accomplish this, Viagame recruited a top gamer from Sweden and put him up against a racer for a one-lap sprint around Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.


For video game enthusiasts who can't stand the thought of playing a racing game on a single television screen, using a standard controller and (gasp!) sitting on a couch, there are plenty of realistic racing simulators out there. While better simulators usually include a trio of monitors, a racing chair and appropriate steering wheel and pedals, Costco has what could be the ultimate racing simulator for Formula One fans in the UK with deep pockets and a desire for a life-like gaming experience.


Most people head to their local warehouse club store for bulk home essentials like toilet paper, dish soap, or 128-packs of Red Bull, but Costco U.K. has stepped up their offerings with a full-size Formula 1 race simulator for £74,999.91, roughly $115,000, as reported by Gizmodo.


Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines – New NASCAR Title Is Not Impressive


The Gran Turismo video racing simulator franchise is four years into its tie-up with Nissan that created Gran Turismo: The Academy. One might have thought taking third-in-class at the 24 Hours of Dubai would have been enough, but no, there's more, and it's called Gran Turismo 5: GT Academy Edition.


As much as we love games like Forza and Gran Turismo, these driving simulators are hobbled by one glaring omission: peripheral vision. Driving requires a view from more than just the windshield, and while Forza 4 and Gran Turismo 5 have made steps toward giving players a better a better look at the track around them, the nature of a flat screen is cursed with limitations. Of course, if you have the cash, Motion Simulation has a solution for you. The company's new TL1 simulator was built in coope


"What you are about to see is a fantasy. It has no place in the real world."


Attention Formula One fans, your work day is officially ruined. Well, it will be come the first quarter of 2012. That's when Codemasters plans on releasing a new browser-based F1 game. Top teams, tracks and cars will be available on the same machine that you normally use to read Autoblog.com when you should be updating the TPS reports.


Codemasters' DiRT 3 – Click above to watch the video after the jump


DIY Racing Cockpit Ottoman – Click above for high-res image gallery


Jason Plato vs David Coulthard in the Red Bull F1 simulator – Click above to watch video after the jump


Race-Star ConverTTable is our kind of furniture – Click above to watch video after the jump


Ferrari Driving Academy Trailer - Click above to watch the video after the jump


Karting in Gran Turismo 5 – Click above to watch video after the jump


Thurstmaster Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery


It's like a dream-come-true for tifosi everywhere, hearing the words "Ferrari" and "free" in the same sentence, but Ferrari has posted a free racing simulator on their website. Ferrari Virtual Race can be downloaded straight from the automaker's website, allowing PC users to pilot a virtual 599 GTB Fiorano, 612 Scaglietti or 430 Scuderia of their very own.

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