I'm not talking about Need for Speed and other such arcade games (though I do play a lot of NFSU2), but detailed racing sims. Lately, I've come back to Grand Prix Legends. After 7 years, it is still an amazing sim and with with the GPL 2004 mod and updated tracks it still looks great. I remember trying to play this game on a 350mhz machine with 128MB of RAM and a Voodoo3 video card and barely mantaining an acceptable frame rate. Now I can play at 1280x1024 with 16xAA and AF and it looks gorgeous and stays pegged at 36FPS (the max allowed by the game due to the physics model). I also recently came across a copy of NASCAR Heat at my local EB and have patched that up to all the enhancements that have been created for it over the years and it's amazing how well this game has held up over the years. It's my favorite NASCAR game right after NR2003. Sports Car GT is also a classic and I still take that for a spin sometimes. It really marked the rise of ISI as a developer in this genre, which later did the EA F1 games and and has recently released the unique rFactor, which I have yet to try. GTR is also based on ISI's technology. But enough about the classics, the modern games that have been receiving the most play time are Live for Speed and GTR. LFS is the best online racer to come along in quite some time and GTR is the new GPL of racing sims in my opinion. The sound alone in GTR makes it worth buying. With some good surround speakers cranked up, screaming off a corner listening to the engine and the piercing diff whine with the wheel turning to slop in your hands as the car explores the limits of traction is about as good as it gets. F1C with the 2004 season mod is also a favorite as is NASCAR Racing 2003, which is still the gold standard of NASCAR sims (RIP Papyrus). I tried the NASCAR SimRacing demo from EA and prompty unistalled that hunk of crap. The cars bounced around around like old cadillacs on rusty springs, the car textures looked awful and the whole mess ran like a turd on my pretty powerful gaming machine. It's a shame the EA now has exclusive rights to the license as they seem to be taking the game in a mass market direction and not really interested in updating the core game engine. I control all of this with a Logitech Driving Force Pro wheel. While officially a Playstation 2 product and marketed as such, it works prefectly on the PC (with the current 4.60 drivers) and is the best wheel that can be had without plunking down hundreds of dollars on the really high end stuff. It's main feature is its adjustable range of travel, which can be set anywhere between 40 to 900 degrees of rotation and the force feedback effects are superb as is overall build quality. I also have an older Logitech Forumla Force wheel which is still an excellent wheel and is widely regarded as having the smoothest FFB effects of any wheel ever made due to its unique cable drive system. I don't use the wheel much anymore, but I keep it plugged in and assign one of its pedals as a clutch axis for even more control and realism. So, what are the other sim racing nuts playing and who wants to get together for some online racing? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!