Regardless, I’m now met with the great problem of having far
more tunes available to me than I can reasonably try out given my relatively
limited time. So, having discussed the problems in our dedicated thread
made some small changes to this competition that I hope will improve things.
I originally envisioned running this competition all month.
Quickly, I realized that isn’t possible because of the sheer number of tunes
that have been created (and those yet to come). As a result, I’m shortening this Maserati-themed event to
two weeks. In next week’s Week in Review, I’ll review the final list of
unicorn winners and announce the next Rivals Mode/car combo we’ll be doing. The
next event may only go for a week or so; we’ll play it by ear.
In the meantime, I’ll be trying as many tunes as possible
for the Maserati Quattroporte. However, I already know that I will not get to
every tune. Realistically, I’ll probably only get to a fraction of the tunes
that are created for me. It’s not that I don’t appreciate every tune you make,
and want to sincerely try them all; it’s a lack of available time.
Honorable mention from the community photo contest striker2
So, with lots of tunes out there, and a finite amount of
time for me to check them out, how can you get your tune noticed? First and
foremost, I encourage you to use the
description field. Give me tips on how to use your tune. Is your tune
designed for assists? Does it require any special handling for certain corners,
or certain gears? Better yet: amuse me. Make me think or make me laugh. Write a
haiku dedicated to your tune. Or a dirty limerick (okay, not too dirty). Get me
to notice your tune however you can, and there’s a better chance I’ll download
it and take it for a spin.
Second, and this is important: Create just one tune for me.
I’m keeping track of everyone whose tune I’ve tried. If your name pops up more
than once on my list, I’m going to move on to the next person’s tune. Instead
of flooding the storefront with multiple tunes hoping to be noticed, put all
your effort in a single tune. I want to give as many people a chance to enter
and win as possible.
With all of this said, I want to recognize the winners from
this past week. Each of these Forza community folks created a tune for me that
moved me up the leaderboard, eventually landing me at a 1:27.1 (as of the time
of this writing). Congrats to all of you:
CPU M Rossi
In addition, I want to give a special recognition to DarkGods007 and BlmThug, both of whom made tunes that I
absolutely loved driving, even though they didn’t affect my leaderboard position.
Well done everyone!
Now, for the rest of you: the job gets tougher. With a week
left to go before this event shuts down, I’ve got a fairly respectable time on
the leaderboard. So the challenge now becomes excising tenths or hundredths of
seconds from my lap time, as opposed to lopping off big chunks of time.
Nonetheless, if you think you’ve got a special tune that will put me sub-1:27
territory, put it on the Forza Motorsport 4 storefront (with the tag QUATTROMECHBERG).
Community photo contest winner second place x iJean
Oh, and there’s also the matter of a name for this little ongoing tuning challenge. After I put out thecall for an official name I saw a ton of
different names in our forum thread, ranging from the sublime (“McTunealds”,
“MechTunes”) to the ridiculous (multiple bacon-themed name suggestions,
including the incredible “Burgers And Cars Often Necessary”) to the potentially
copyright-infringing (“MechWars”, “MechWarrior”).
In the end, I came down to four finalists. Here’s the three
honorable mentions (all of whom will receive a random unicorn car as a
Mechberg’s Mechanics – Z z Chief z Z
BLT: Brian’s Leaderboard Tunes – LazarusJackson
Mechberg’s Tune Up -- LiQu1d Sw0rDz
And finally, our winner—"Made for Mech"—suggested by Jureidini. It’s not the flashiest name (and it doesn't feature bacon), but it’s effective, alliterative, and gets the point across. Congrats
Jureidini! A unicorn car is coming your way too.
Now, let’s move on with the rest of the Week in Review!
Game With Dev Wrap Up
On Thursday we held another insane, awesome, and
action-packed Game With Dev event in Forza Motorsport 4. Based solely on the
sheer number of people in the chat room on our official Facebook page this week, it looks like our GWD events are growing in size
and scope. They certainly keep the community team busy, as we try to get in as
many rooms as we can to offer all of you a chance to win a prized unicorn car.
What I noticed this week—and one of the reasons I love doing
these events—is how everyone treats them slightly differently. Each member of
the Forza community team has his own approach to putting their GWD lobbies
together. John and I stick to circuit race events (though I sometimes throw in
the occasional drift event to keep players on their toes). Fred almost
exclusively plays soccer and Javier usually goes for games like Cat & Mouse
and Tag (often with crazy restrictions on the cars).
Of course, while we do get to play with lots of Forza 4
community members during GWD events, we can’t get everyone in on a race. Over
the years, we’ve tried multiple methods for getting people involved—from
inviting players by Gamertag, to pure random lobby jumping, and our current
Facebook-centric chat room. The fact is, regardless of how we run our events,
there will always people that will get left out. If you don’t make it into a
GWD event, keep trying. We appreciate everyone who comes out and we'll keep looking for ways to improve things as we go. We plan on running GWD events on a regular basis in the coming
months, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get in and race with us.
Honorable mention from the community photo contest xWannabeStigx
Community Bounty Update
This week’s Commuity Bounty is the tuning garage Atlantic LS. If you beat their time in
the Forza Tourenwagen Rivals Mode event (which you can find in the Community
Monthly section of Rivals Mode), you’ll win a custom-tuned 2011 BMW Z4,
complete with a sweet Hankook paint job. The driver you need to aim for is HLR Foot, who has posted a 1:43.813 in
the event (as of this writing). You can also follow along with Atlantic LS’sCommunity Bounty thread in the forums to find out all the latest on how this bounty hunt is
VIP Rivals Mode Poll
Forza 4 VIPs will be driving hatchback models in next
month’s VIP Rivals Mode event, thanks to our just-wrapped poll on our official
Facebook page. This week, we’re looking for you to choose the region you wish
to race in: Europe, Asia, or North America. Head to our Facebook page to find
the latest poll and let your voice be heard!
Community photo contest winner third place Viva La Bloke
Heavy Metal Affliction
Did you have a chance to check out our new weekly column,
Heavy Metal Affliction? If not, read it now! This
regular column is dedicated to the love of all things automotive in the real
world—from fixer uppers restored to former glory, to special projects happening
at a local garage near you. This week we put the spotlight on Forza community
member CAMAROBOY68SS who, along with
his grandfather, recently restored a 1968 Camaro SS to a fine example of American
We’re always on the hunt for stories and great cars to be
featured in Heavy Metal Affliction. If you’ve got a car you’ve resurrected, a
project you’re knee-deep in at the moment, or know of a local garage that is
doing incredible work, we want to hear from you! Head over to our thread in the
forums and tell us about it. Who knows? You might be the next Forza community
member to come down with your own case of HMA.
Turn 10 Track Days
A quick reminder: our next Turn 10 Track Day event is coming
on Saturday! If you’ve never been part of a Turn 10 Track Day event, here’s the
lowdown: Essentially a viewing party for race events throughout the season,
Turn 10 Track Days are a chance for the Forza Motorsport community to come
together around our shared love of pushing tin around race tracks. We watch the
race on TV, chat about the action on our official Facebook page, and generally
have a great time. Oh and did I mention the prizes? We give away unicorn cars
in the process, so that’s one more reason to be there.
This Saturday, we’ll be watching the American Le Mans Seriesat Long Beach race. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 here in the U.S. (as well as
via the ESPN app on Xbox LIVE). Join us on the Turn 10 Track Days page on
Facebook to join in! The action begins at 4:30 p.m. Pacific. See you there!
Honorable mention in our community photo contest FirebirdPilot
Rogue Motorsport @
Last year, the UK-based Rogue Motorsport team
ran a Forza Motorsport 4 Toyota MR2 at the Britcar 24 Hour Race. In the
following video, the team talks about what it’s like building the car for the
Britcar endurance race, how car setups in Forza Motorsport 4 mimic those in
real life, and what it takes to find success in a grueling event like the
Britcar 24 Hour. If you’re a fan of motorsports, you don’t want to miss this
video, which features some amazing in-car footage.