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    Exclamation An elite that is WipEout...

    I think a main reason I love WipEout compared to any other game is that it's a very tight, small, elite community. You can go online with most games and find thousands upon thousands of people online, whereas with WipEout pretty much every lobby I enter I will find at least one person I've raced with in the past.

    Most people don't 'understand' WipEout. Most of my friends don't understand the obsession with WipEout. They either haven't got into it, or don't want to. They don't quite get why WipEout is so special.

    ...and it's not popular for that reason. I was reading through the Fury details on PlayStation Blog and kept reading various gamers saying stuff like WipEout HD is far too hard, and it's loosing them customers as no-one can master it like most games. For me, this is a good thing. I've been playing WipEout HD pretty much every night since it was released, and still rarely do a lap that I'm happy with. I always want to better myself.

    I admire players who have mastered this game like no-one else, such as Wotan998, ProblemSolver, IH8YOU, Connavar, Flashback_Jack and pirhapac. They're the elite of the elite. I only hope I'll be able to get half as good as them at some point, but I think it takes a naturally gifted talent to progress like they have. I seem to have hit a stage where I simply can't get any better, yet with them that stage is far superior to anyone else's stage.

    Anyway, enough rambling... I'm just happy to be apart of something that a large percentage of people will never understand.

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    On the contrary, I'd rather Wipeout had a much larger community. I don't want to recognise names every time I join a new host. If I want to race people I know, this can always be arranged. But a lot of the time it's more fun to be pwning noobs.

    But more importantly, I think Wipeout is largely ignored because of the absolutely bollocks advertising. Sony could push this game into the limelight quite easily. Everyone needs to know how awesome this game is.

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    Re: bik3rluke:

    Well, to some extent, it's like reallife open-wheel road racing. The elite really are the elite. The talent of the top performers is on a higher plane of existence. There is no faking it in F1 or WipEout. It's probably a combination of genetics and the kind of life they have lead that gives a certain outlook to them while they are performing. It is almost like dancing, when someone is capable of amazing precision of placement and timing, which requires that you don't consciously think and analyse while you're moving. To quote the character, Herne the Hunter, in the old Robin of Sherwood television series, "Act without thinking." That advice would probably help the performance of all of us, but would still fall short unless that superior nervous system is in you.

    [BTW, I have too often found that I have to be totally tired or somewhat drunk to turn off that analytical thinking mode, but that may be just me or a few others who have trouble switching their conscious mind off so they can really "groove".]

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    Let's not go too far Lance... F1 is a highly physical sport and you have to be a supreme athlete to be at the top of your game. Wipeout is... thumb-flicking.

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    I always go too far... which usually proves to have not been far enough.

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    Absolutely agree with the OP - I would like some more people online though, and I would definitely want this game to be a bit more accessible to newcomers still, so that some of my friends could get into it. It really takes a rather hardcore approach to start getting good at the game, to a point where one can actually enjoy his raceline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bik3rluke View Post
    I think a main reason I love WipEout compared to any other game is that it's a very tight, small, elite community. You can go online with most games and find thousands upon thousands of people online, whereas with WipEout pretty much every lobby I enter I will find at least one person I've raced with in the past.

    Most people don't 'understand' WipEout. Most of my friends don't understand the obsession with WipEout. They either haven't got into it, or don't want to. They don't quite get why WipEout is so special.

    ...and it's not popular for that reason. I was reading through the Fury details on PlayStation Blog and kept reading various gamers saying stuff like WipEout HD is far too hard, and it's loosing them customers as no-one can master it like most games. For me, this is a good thing. I've been playing WipEout HD pretty much every night since it was released, and still rarely do a lap that I'm happy with. I always want to better myself.

    I admire players who have mastered this game like no-one else, such as Wotan998, ProblemSolver, IH8YOU, Connavar, Flashback_Jack and pirhapac. They're the elite of the elite. I only hope I'll be able to get half as good as them at some point, but I think it takes a naturally gifted talent to progress like they have. I seem to have hit a stage where I simply can't get any better, yet with them that stage is far superior to anyone else's stage.

    Anyway, enough rambling... I'm just happy to be apart of something that a large percentage of people will never understand.
    I understand you...

    was a bit like that in ridge racer on the 360..same elites playing again and again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eLhabib View Post
    It really takes a rather hardcore approach to start getting good at the game, to a point where one can actually enjoy his raceline.
    Agreed completely.

    I just wanna cuddle each and everyone of you pilots!

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    I think perfectionists like wipeout. i am a perfectionist, i want to do everything well and be the best. I played wipeout 1 when i was 10 and wanted to do a perfect time lap. I am like that in many aspects of my life maybe other players share this oppinion too....who knows

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    not to rain on the happy elite parade but if i'm not mistaken luke yesterday you were sitting backwards shooting at me and others in a few different races....i don't think your on the right path to getting good if that's how you spend time with wipeout.

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