It is a tough time to be online right now. We are watching as a whole race rises up against the systematic oppression they have experienced for years. It is hard not to be upset and the urge to help is strong. If you are in Australia you may feel like helping is too hard, the distance too great. Player 2 would like to remind you all though that Australia is by no means innocent. Indigenous Australians have been victimised and silenced by ingrained systemic racism and police brutality for generations. We, as a nation, have treated them in such a bad way for so long their voice is no longer even acknowledged let alone heard. So helping starts at home. Write to your local state or federal MP. Donate or assist a charity that works with the Aboriginal community. Educate yourself about the traditional owners of the land you are now sitting on. These are just some of the small but important steps each and every one of us needs to take to make Australia and, by extension, the world a better place. Player 2 would also like to say it is important to recognise all marginalised voices in this country, from the LGQBT+ community to disabled Australians to other minority ethnic and refugee groups, and work together to make this a truly equal place to live.
Project Cars 3 Officially Announced
Bandai Namco and developers Slightly Mad Studios have unveiled Project CARS 3, their next instalment in the Project CARS franchise that is obviously primed for taking advantage of the iRacing spirit that has dominated car racing during COVID-19.
The main changes could have always been on the cards, but seem to be responses to the increased interest in racing as an esport. To guide new players, Slightly Mad Studios have introduced a Career Mode that provides players with a more guided introduction, working their way through different car classes if the idea of sim racing online still feels a bit too daunting. Progress in the career mode will be catered to reward players who choose to excel in one car class or just get a good foundation in all. It is a good answer to the new and casual crowd.
The sandbox element is still there of course, and it seems that Slightly Mad Studios are trying to bump up the numbers beyond the 189 cars and 140 tracks available in the previous instalment. Any little increment is a success, with the promise of over 200 cars, more than 140 circuits, and the return of that all-weather racing that we would expect.
There is also a focus on being “visceral” – crash effects and car contact AI getting an enhancement. While this was not entirely evident in the announcement trailer, we can hope to see more closer to release.
Project CARS 3 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam in the American Summer.
When Sarah was young, her brother complained that she “got through that final level of Super Mario World on a fluke.” Refining this skill, Sarah has continued to be successful purely by accident. Follow her on Twitter at @essieteric.