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@Shoegazing Leo When I first saw this thread, I half-expected the track title to be Tommy  :D

By the way, here's a shout-out to OWOOT legend @Seeker1982 :)
Competition 2023 / Re: ZCT 267 - The Who Movie?
September 25, 2023, 03:11:58 AM
The track has been replaced by the version just above, following the discussion at the shoutbox. Attached below are the version of the track released earlier in the evening, the removed replays that were driven on it, and the corresponding "All results" screenshot.
Competition 2023 / Re: ZCT266 Crazy Valley
September 20, 2023, 01:24:00 AM
@dreadnaut No problem  :D I think a few records might have been broken over these weeks!
Stunts Chat / Re: DOS Game Club podcast collaboration
September 14, 2023, 07:39:53 PM
Great news, excellent work! I've been listening, and enjoying it a lot. Thanks @Spoonboy and the Dos Game Club team for making it happen!
Quote from: Argammon on August 31, 2023, 09:19:31 AMIt Would be nice if you could look into the issue more thoroughly then I did.  :)

Sure! Later I will rerun some diagnostics involving global properties of the ratings. These can be tricky to interpret given how the pool of pipsqueaks is always changing, but they might provide some signal on whether there's something unusual going on. Meanwhile, here's my preliminary take on the things you've noted above:

On the monthly sum of changes: The ranking shown in the site doesn't give a full picture, as active pipsqueaks that still haven't reached five races aren't included. Once they are accounted for, the sum of changes in ZCT265 goes down from +54 to +32. For the preceding couple of races, the effect is larger still: +81 to -214 in ZCT264 (the sum now dominated by first entries, which I'm regarding as rating changes from the 1500 default value), and +73 to -96 in ZCT263. This kind of fluctuation stems from the provisional factors, which mean the changes involving pipsqueaks who have recently entered the ranking won't add up to zero, and they don't necessarily lead to meaningful inflation or deflation in the long run.

On our relative positions: You had reached the top of the ranking in ZCT263 by a single point (2192 to 2191). Your win in ZCT264 opened a bit of distance (2213 to 2196), which I have now clawed back (2219 to 2220 -- a single point again, but now in may favour). After one win each, we're almost where we were started (not exactly at the same place, as the gap opening up slightly in ZCT264 led to a slightly larger swing in the opposite direction in ZCT265.)

On Alan: Given how the current rating tends to reflect recent form, looking a bit further back to Alan's personal best reached in 2022 (ZCT254, 2213) might provide a fuller picture. It's also worth noting that Alan lost more than 100 points in ZCT262 alone, even if, a few races later, the overall effect looks less dramatic: given that Alan's rating has remained broadly stable since, it appears likely that, assuming a similar form were to be maintained, his rating would have converged to ~2040 even without the ZCT262 outlier, though that would perhaps happen closer to the end of the season. (And of course, a win or two by Alan would have him narrowing the gap quite a lot.)
Here are the updated ratings after ZCT265! In this round, I retook the lead from Argammon, if only by a solitary point, and Marco entered the ranking for the first time this year. There were quite a few personal bests: Argammon, Cas, KyLiE, Mark Nailwood (biggest gain in the round at +46) and Ryoma. Below is the evolution chart:

General Chat - ZSC / Re: Scoreboard battles
August 31, 2023, 03:21:03 AM
Very nice battle -- and great to see Cartography being put to work  :)
Custom Cars with Stressed / Re: Car tests megathread
August 09, 2023, 02:51:38 AM
Let's begin with one of Alan Rotoi's muscle cars, the 1967 Pontiac GTO (forum thread)!
  • Gears: 5
  • Powergear: No (unreachable)
  • Flat track top speed: 167 mph
  • Real top speed: 177 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 3.75 s
  • Time to hill at Default (auto gears): 11.40 s (References: F40 - 10.75 s; GTO - 12.10 s; Vette - 12.25 s)
  • Default test lap (NoRH, classic line): 1:25.65
  • First impressions: With excellent acceleration offsetting its relatively low top speed and pretty good handling for its class, the Pontiac GTO is an imposing car with plenty of potential. It will be interesting to see how it compares with its stablemates in the Tier 1 muscle cars pack, as well as where the other tiers will stand relatively to it.

Custom Cars with Stressed / Car tests megathread
August 09, 2023, 02:11:41 AM
This is a thread for sharing test reports of Stunts cars: all cars are fair game, and everyone is welcome to contribute. It is a spiritual successor to the "Trying out Ryoma's cars" thread from the 2022 preseason, and accordingly tests from there will be linked from here as well.

Index of tests:

*: Test from the "Trying out Ryoma's cars" thread.
†: Retest pending due to major changes in a newer version of the car.
Live Races / Re: Losing Grip (2023-08-05)
August 05, 2023, 02:59:09 PM

1. 1:22.95
2. 2:29.45
3. 3:36.75
4. 4:41.95
5. 5:48.20
6. 6:54.20

8:00.00 on the final straight leading to the bridge (second tile after the tunnel).

Lap times:

1. 1:22.95
2. 1:06.50
3. 1:07.30
4. 1:05.20
5. 1:06.25
6. 1:06.00
Live Races / Re: Losing Grip (2023-08-05)
August 05, 2023, 02:45:27 PM
Slightly late, but here are the updated ratings for ZCT264! This round saw personal best ratings for Argammon (consolidating his lead), Erik, KyLiE and Ryoma. Below is the evolution chart:

Live Races / Re: Losing Grip (2023-08-05)
August 03, 2023, 11:35:30 PM
A bit late, but I confirm I'll be around for the race! The date change won't be a problem for me either.
Hello and welcome, Cybeyogi! No such project for other racing sims of the era has reached my radar so far. One thing we do know is that the tooling made for the data formats of Stunts can also be used to varying extents with other DSI games, including Mario Andretti's Racing Challenge (which is similar enough to Stunts for it being feasible to e.g. import car graphics from it).

(And yeah, the small details can tell a lot about a game, and are lovely to find. As far as Stunts goes, the corner signs are one I particularly like  :) Also, as told in your site, those Foerst Nürburgring games make for a fascinating story I had no idea about!)
The ratings have been updated for ZCT263! This round featured a lead change, as a fourth consecutive victory has brought Argammon to the top of the current ranking. Personal best ratings were achieved by Argammon, Erik, KyLiE and Mark Nailwood. This month has also seen the return of dstien to the current ranking after nearly seven years. Below is the update evolution chart: