It really is awfully cute.
is this Mäkinen's kid :P
somehow little kid vids playing racing games always make me smile, his dad/mom must be proud ;)
First things first, the website and update process is a few numbers into a standing eight count. It really seems to have gotten away from them. Got to handle that asap.
Latest from Tony Gardner, iRacing president:
This was mostly known, but dotted around the forum across months/years of staff posts, so nice to have it all summarised.
As far as features, yes working on DX11 and ground work for Open GL as well. We are working on a whole new and improved damage model. Both physical and graphical. Car parts will fall-off car appropriately based on physics and the physics will be better (we hope!) Making good progress on a new track surface model. Again both physical and graphical. Track will marble up, rubber and dust will fly and all that, track will heat up and cool down in a much better way, etc. These things should add some great additional dynamics to the racing, not to mention some realistic cool eye candy. Anther big project in the works is animation. Pit crews for example, a great collaboration between our engineers and art guys. Again making good progress and VERY excited about all three of these projects. The physics guys also have technical projects in the works under the hood working on the overall models. Tires obviously the big one still. Well that is not enough for now. Almost all of this has been leaked out in various places but thought would put it one place. I have no idea when any of it will be done. Maybe it never will but that is what we are working on that I'm willing to talk about right now because good progress being made. Oh yes and working on a whole new User Interface but again that is a big project involving multiple groups of people. We also are working on the actual iRacing site behind the scenes in terms of stability, efficiency, downtime minimization risk, etc
But this is iRacing development in a nutshell: "I have no idea when any of it will be done. Maybe it never will" >_<
The rest of it sounds fantastic. I'd bang on them for lacking focus, but I'd imagine much of it is tied together. Tony seems like a pretty casual, straight forward guy (maybe that's part of the problem, I dunno), but when he says "I have no idea when or if", I think I'll choose to just appreciate the candor. I'll take that over getting smoke blown up my ass every day of the week.
I'll admit however that occasionally their approach does irritate me.