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#1 twinpotter


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Posted Aug 07 2019 - 07:10 AM

Really enjoying this YouTube season, which goes out live. Recorded for watching later.

Great stuff from Ted Meat aka Freidrich Bang.

Here's the link to round 1 of the season in Brazil. With all the other races Up to round 6 in Montreal Canada. Pretty long but well worth the watch.

Plus there's other related content such as World Circuit and GP4 😁👍


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#2 Ted Meat

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Posted Aug 21 2019 - 01:58 AM

Well thank you twinpotter and great to hear you enjoy!

As everyone can see, Friedrich Bang is nor the fastest or the most consistent driver in the world. But for me this is the ultimate racing experience: full-distance races, no restarts, no saves, no "flashbacks", no driving helps. Just fear, death, failure, disappointment and some rare occasional success.

I've tried to pull off a full-distance hardcore season in GP2 (and in the other Geoff Crammond games) for many times but I've always failed. The same thing keeps happening over and over again: I don't practice enough, start a race, don't concentrate enough, take too many risks, crash, get frustrated, rage-quit, season ruined. And yeah I don't have a spine.

Doing it live on YT forces me to take it more seriously, practice more, avoid stupid risks and to accept failure. The tension is on the level where it should be when you just can't rely on any straws. And for a bonus it's great to share it with other people instead of just playing by myself!

I'm going trough the Grand Prix games by Crammond because those were the most important games for me back in the days and I feel I still have a score to settle with them.

Edited by Ted Meat, Aug 21 2019 - 03:14 AM.

#3 paul skingley

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Posted Aug 21 2019 - 10:14 AM

My first encounter with a Geoff Crammond game was REVS+ on the C64.
Compared to what we had before, REVS+ was amazing. OK the graphics were very basic but driving from the cockpit instead of a chase overhead view was a first. The car actually felt like it had suspension and at Brands Hatch GP circuit... what a blast.

I made my own controls by using a rotary paddle normally used for tennis games. I glued the paddle to a frisbee for a wheel and made wooden hinged pedals with contacts on the back wired to the forward and back wires of a joystick. So I had analogue steering and digital on/off throttle and brake.
I made a similar contraption for the shifter which by pushing forward or back made contact the same as would be by pressing a button on a joystick.
With the legs removed from a plastic garden seat and a wooden frame the job was complete.

After REVS+ I tried GP2 for a couple of years but as soon as I saw and tried Grand Prix Legends I never looked back.

I still have my original boxed versions of REVS+, Grand Prix 2 and Grand Prix Legends.


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