Given the amount of work that's involved in a complete mod, I think they are all
milestones. But there have been some advances which, IMHO, have stood out just a little
The 1969 mod (May 2007?): The first historical mod with wings, enabling scary
speeds through corners, a real thrill. (EDIT: After writing this, of course I remembered that the Thundercars mod was released before the 1969 mod, and was the first with wings. But I didn't install the Thundercars straight away because ( a ) I was already so busy with other mods, and ( b ) the Thundercars were 50% fantasy, so they didn't appeal to me as much. But for historical accuracy, of course the Thundercars should come first.)
The 1966 mod (Dec 2007?): The first time that the seven car limit had been broken. SIXTEEN CARS???!!!
The 1967 Sports/GT mod (Nov 2010?): Cars with closed bodywork, opening up a whole raft of possibilities.
The V2 rasterizers (mid-2008?): Making GPL smoother, prettier and more consistent.
The 60fps patches (2009?): Again making GPL smoother and so much more immersive.
The development of the GEM front end (Jurassic era?
The GEM copyright splash screen says "2003-2009".): I first came to the online GPL community here at SRMZ in 2004, a while after GEM was released. But when I discovered all the mods that were available, it became obvious that GEM was a superb tool to keep all the GPL settings under control, and to enable GPL drivers to switch mods, carsets etc much more easily.
Pribluda (2003-2004?): Denis Fedorovs' original version was one of those "How on earth did he do that?
" moments in GPL history, but Amir Kamals' update (Feb 2008?) added so many options so that drivers could set things up just as they wanted. For a hotlapper like me, who enjoys the sheer thrill of driving historic cars at the edge, even with no-one else on track, Pribluda is an essential add-on.
Sorry, I can't remember any specific dates for any of these milestones, maybe others could help out with that? (EDIT: I'm searching back through my GPL archived files to work out some dates, but they may not be 100% accurate.....)
Edited by Saiph, Jun 26 2018 - 07:33 AM.