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All round gaming fan, visit my site at www.TeamVVV.com the site is aimed both at the motor racing enthusiast and the gamer, we'll strive to cover every racing title on every format both past and present in unrivalled depth supported with both guides and analysis. So if you're a gamer or a motor enthusiast new to gaming, everyone is welcome to get stuck into the community and share the passion be it 2 wheels or 4. Team VVV will be following all key racing titles through their release and beyond maintaining the community and aiding developers with feedback and support. This will combine with news on all of the major racing, a monthly round up of notable news in both cars and bikes while focusing on major events surrounding both industries, we'll also be cherry picking the best from the world general gaming. Offering news, in-depth features and interviews with major players from both the motor and games industries asking the questions you want answered and putting real gamers and motor enthusiasts in front of the new products rather than just journalists who have no real passion at ground level.

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Itís been a while since I've written a blog, a combination of working long hours and the insatiable appetite of YouTube viewers to see more content on daily and sometimes hourly basis. But Iím settling back into a rhythm, planning out the year and enjoying my new PC rig.

Getting it all set up, sorting the pesky bezel correction and getting my head around the triple screen layout all takes longer than you might think. From finding a comfortable field of view besides initial feelings of motion sickness it all takes some getting used to. But once together its great seeing all of these games in triple screens, all of those games you had wanted to see besides exploring the newer titles such as Titanfall just simply add some atmosphere where as for iRacing it is integral to the experience.†

Now all built I've showcased some pictures on the VVV facebook page†http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.687740771248691.1073741829.167411273281646&type=3

Some will suddenly highlight Oculus Rift but I will often point out that the OR is better used in shorter sessions and being cut-off completely from the outside work for long periods could be quite unsettling, weíll have to wait and see. Either way the GoPro cam works perfectly for YouTube and gives a fair indication of the in-game experience.


The intention is always to make a more regular written blog and as ever I hope to follow this up more regularly in the future, however more on that to follow, first I wanted to share a couple of choice videos.†













Itís been another busy week as I plan for Gamescom, while also arranging content for the final quarter of the year and continuing to knock out videos. It can be a frustrating time when the backlog is so steep and workload so high reducing output, but I always prefer quality over quantity where possible and remind myself that itís not always about views but making great content that is important.

This week has revolved around creating a new channel trailer, part 1 of an insightful interview with the 2011 GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough and an interview with Eutechnyx COO Darren Jobling, that also forms part of the YouTube Geek Week campaign. The latter delving more into my personal gaming passions and something which I hope to find more time for next year as I hope to introduce new presenters on the channel. Of course these are all complex and timely videos to produce yet highly rewarding in execution even though they aren't necessarily the type that generate the most views.

Now I'm planning out video production for the week ahead while juggling my time between projects to clear everything up before the end of the month. There has never been a time when so many high profile driving games have been coming out within such a short time frame, itís certainly going to be a busy few months and Iíll be working hard to get as much content out as I can manage.










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2:20 PM on 07.24.2013

It has certainly been a busy week for racing Journalists, the long awaited new update on iRacing introducing a new circuit the legendary Lotus 49 , new videos for Assetto Corsa, new DLC for Grid 2, the US release of Nascar The Game besides the much awaited announcement of F1 2013. A game which has received a mixed reception and you can read more on that in my recent Huffington Post blog.†

It is always difficult for developers to meet expectation; even then any product needs to be supported by a solid Marketing and PR campaign. Electronic Arts is one such company that has got it down to a tee. †Every year we see a new Fifa and every year it sells whatever the quality of the final release. Sure right now it is finally a critical and commercial success but in years gone past they were often sub-par and with the World Cup editions virtually identical it felt a somewhat cynical approach. But Footie fans will never complain, the game remains largely the same and in all fairness it is 22 guys kicking a ball around a pitch. F1 on the other hand features new cars, drivers, circuits, modes besides general evolution. But yet itís never enough, part of that has been down to the bugs apparent in the previous versions but a bigger part is in consumers feeling like they aren't getting value for money.

Fifa works because the gamers are satisfied in their investment, the sales gimmick works and once you get the hardcore on board they do the rest of the work promoting the title to their friends as a Ďmust haveí. †That starts with the faces of the real players getting the ball rolling whereas the F1 drivers stay largely separate to the F1 game campaign, but overall itís about creating a positive vibe. I canít stress how important this year could be to the F1 franchise and the Classic Edition is a great addition to the package but will it be enough?

Often gamers feel the grass is greener with another publisher at the helm but could EA really do a better job? Their last approach on the franchise didn't fare too well and there are only a handful of publisher that could do the license justice let alone afford it in the first place. Of course the best solution would be for a publisher to license it out to an external developer, thus introducing a whole world of potential talent. †But with the license costs being so high that is unlikely, leaving it down to the same structure we see currently.†

Iíll add more thoughts on this in my coming blogs and †if you havenít seen my recent F1 videos do check them out and Iíll have more F1 2013 content following Gamescom.

















So there are 11 races in this initial GT Academy challenge, two slow ones to start you off, two in the 370z in increasing the pace, onto the main GT Academy events before some bonus 15th Anniversary content in a Nissan GTR.

It's all straight forward, brings up the difficulty level †and gives a fair indication in the level of skill required. Suffice to say the competition is stiff and more competitive than ever. I ran my laps as you'll see below on the first day of competition but since then the bar continues to fall. Suffice to say I enjoy the driving but wouldn't enjoy the constant laps trying to squeeze out performance, as with all things they reach a point where it just isn't fun any more.

I think that's the problem with competitive gaming, there will always be a top 10 - 50 players who are just a cut above. Be it talent or age, there is a point in life between 16 and 25 where your reactions are at their peak, combine that with gaming experience and you've got that edge all bundled with some youthful self belief. I'm sounding like an old man now but I know my limitations and the work involved in achieving results, could I do it? Quite possibly. Would it be a worthwhile use of my time? Probably not. Either way its good fun and I'll enjoy a few casual laps just enjoying the new physics.

So here are today's videos with those early laps.†











This week the 2013 GT Academy launched in the UK, the winner of which will gain a place in a real GT racing team and become a fully fledged professional racing driver. It sounds straight forward but becoming the best is a lot tougher than many may think. From the hours of practice, to the physical training required for those that make the grade. This is a complete challenge only for the most committed players.

The GT Academy demo is for many a first look at the forthcoming Gran Turismo 6 and a test of the graphical refinements and improvements announced to the handling model. Starting the demo in the electric Nissan Leaf, players progress on to the more powerful Nissan 370z before moving up to the Nissan GTR. Slower cars progressing to more powerful ones in gradually building the skills of the player. The final GT Academy challenge being a lap around the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone racetrack.

If you want to be in with a chance of competing, you'll need to use a wheel, turn off TCS onto a low level, find a balance on the ABS and be prepared to do a lot of laps building consistency while finding speed. Then look online at the top players, that will give you gearing and braking techniques, applying those to your driving will generally knock off up to two seconds per lap. After many laps refining your time it will become apparent whether you have what it takes to make the grade. If so you'll need to look at physical training, some PR training and perhaps some regular karting to also aid in fitness as the final winner will be expected to be a complete product ready to race and thrust into the public eye.

I've been making selection of videos for the Team VVV Youtube channel and you can see one of those below, subscribe at†http://www.youtube.com/TeamVVV†for more.











It's been a while since I was last on here and a busy year too, besides luanching my new website and running VVVGamer I've been going through all of the usual difficulties of maintaining an independent gaming website.

Last week I was at the Golden Joysticks and made a little video blog of my time there along with other randomness.



But if you love your R-Type the intro for the show was very impresive indeed.


It's been a while since I was last on here and a busy year too, besides luanching my new website http://www.MarsVG.com and running VVVGamer I've been going through all of the usual difficulties of maintaining an independent gaming website. Last week I was at the Golden Joysticks and made a little video blog of my time there along with other randomness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEI-KnpuMTE But if you love your R-Type the intro for the show was very impresive indeed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxI72ViBsOQ