Apr 142014
 
New Tracks Keep Forza Motorsport 5 Alive

Many gamers can recall the first day they played a new title.  The excitement of playing an A-list release on day one has a habit of staying in our memories, as does the joy of finding a sleeper hit in the bargain bin.  What’s often less memorable is the last day of a game’s lifespan.  Unless it’s an epic rage [Read more...]

Mar 312014
 
Like It or Not, Hybrid Engines Saved Formula 1

Two races into the season, the topic of conversation in Formula 1 remains the new engines.  Considering the reduced noise the turbocharged V6 units make, one could say that the arguments over their merits have become louder than the engines themselves.  However, for all the salvos exchanged between critics and proponents of the new regulations, there is one overriding fact [Read more...]

Mar 172014
 
Lessons Learned at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix

As the first race in a season full of new technical regulations, the Australian Grand Prix was always going to be a learning experience for everyone involved.  Now that the champagne has been uncorked and the teams have moved on to the next venue, it’s time to take a look at what we learned from the start of F1’s new [Read more...]

Feb 032014
 
F1 Pre-Season, Round One: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

This year’s first F1 pre-season test wrapped up last Friday, and the four-day session in Spain has given the sport’s fans plenty to argue about.  We’ve learned what the new cars look like, and gotten our first impression of how well new engines are working.  In both an aesthetic and mechanical sense, it’s not a pretty picture for a number [Read more...]

Dec 162013
 
2014 Series Preview: Formula 1

Following on the heels of last week’s IndyCar preview, it seems only right that I continue this series with the most popular open-cockpit series everywhere outside the US: Formula 1.  What is it? With millions of fans around the globe and roots reaching back to the early days of motorsport, Formula 1 is widely considered the world’s most popular racing [Read more...]

Dec 092013
 
2014 Series Preview: IndyCar

Winter’s not a great time to be a racing fan.  Tracks go quiet as cars are retired to their team headquarters, while engineers dream of new aerodynamic improvements.  To keep us all entertained while we wait for green flags to start waving, I’ll be writing season previews for some of next year’s most entertaining racing disciplines.  First up: the IZOD [Read more...]

Dec 022013
 
What Your Forza 5 Garage Says About Your Personality

Forza Motorsport 5 has been out for a while now, and chances are you’ve started to accumulate a decent stable of cars.  So, what does your virtual garage say about your personality?  Well, that depends a awful lot on what’s in it.  Are you a brand loyalist?  A vintage collector?  Maybe a stingy credit miser?  This list will hopefully shed [Read more...]

Nov 252013
 
4 Predictions For The 2014 F1 Season

With last Sunday’s race, Formula One wraps up its 2013 season with a fourth consecutive title for Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel.  The year was an interesting mix of unpredictability and inevitability, as the winning team and driver marched their way to victory through a mire of tire-related mayhem.  With massive changes to regulations and team lineups on the [Read more...]

Nov 182013
 
5 Ways To Prepare For Forza Motorsport 5

The launch of the Xbox One is nearly upon us, which wouldn’t be particularly interesting to racing gamers if it weren’t for one very important game: Forza Motorsport 5.  To make the last few days of waiting easier, I’ve come up with a few ways to keep your gearhead brain occupied.  After all, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already [Read more...]

Nov 112013
 
The F1 On NBC Drinking Game

With the drivers’ and constructors’ championships long since decided, some of my fellow American Formula One fans may be looking for a way to add some excitement to the upcoming US Grand Prix in Austin.  If I may make a suggestion, why not have some fun at the expense of our favorite motor racing TV commentators?  The NBC Sports crew [Read more...]