Live For Speed
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Live for Speed (LFS) is an online ranting stimulator developed by a large corporation comprised of Scawen Roberts, Eric Bailey, and Victor van Vlaardingen. Its main focus is upon increasing forum usage, however, it does contain single player support, where two or more players race against AI cars, try to set lap records, or take driving skills tests. The game also sports playable replays.
LFS is a game with a steep learning curve. When you are about to launch the game for the very first time, you are introduced to a very complex, but intuitive tutorial whose aim is to guide you through the process of downloading the software necessary to decompress the game. Upon the successful completion of this task, you are entitled to move on to the compulsory crashing lessons. These lessons are designed to assist you in the process of obtaining the ability to steer left and right and learning to operate the rewindable replay system.
LFS supports a variety of different game modes. One of the most popular ditto is the hit-the-pit knock-out competition. The goal of this very addictive game-mode is to enter the pit-lane at exactly 80kmh (58,7mph). The first racer to hit the magic number wins the round. The last one to reach the goal is knocked out of the competition. Eventually there will only be one player left, and ABBA will be played on the car stereo!
The game was leaked eight times during its gamma stage, resulting in a very upset community who demanded that the release of the final product should be postponed indefinitely. In fact, Live For speed has been ready to hit the shelves for several months, but the developers are keeping a low profile, in fear of upsetting the community even further.
The Live For Speed version we are all playing today is the 7th leaked gamma version, which supports up to 7 simultaneous players in a split-screen head-to-head environment and a rewindable replay system. Upcoming leaked versions will support online play via nul-modem.*
* Online support not guaranteed.
edit The Kitchen
One of the most exciting aspects of Live for Speed is the ongoing development of a Kitchen, the community thirsts for updates on this matter.
"Its wooden doors under a worktop surface that is a bit blue. But it's a bit hard to get started on the job seeing as I've managed to break the mains tap handle off its stem. It was seized and I had to use a mole wrench to try to gradually move it a bit this way and that but in the end, it just broke off instead of turning. Lesson to learn - DO turn the mains tap off an on at least twice a year or it will eventually seize."
While many are truly interested in this kitchen business, some believe it's mostly about increasing forum usage.
edit LFS World
LFS integrates with LFSWorld.net, to print extra error nonsense from time to time, and to keep a database of numbers. Nobody knows what these numbers describe, and the general concensus is they exist in order to be discussed on the official forums.
LFSWorld also stores all world records in order to present the majority of racers with the evidence that they're not really that fast after all.
Some of the more spiritual racers follow techniques founded by the Blackwood Guru, and subsequently actually transcend into their very own LFS World, these racers are commonly known as Aliens. One of the most successful LFS aliens is Rael, leader of the spiritual Racing movement (see external links).