Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 5/11/12
Wow, what a week it has been, I have been getting up at the
crack, to get in here and start the day with Porsche announcements on Twitter
and Facebook. While early rising is something somewhat new to me, a love of all
things Porsche is not. If you haven’t been able to tell, we are very excited
about the upcoming release of the Porsche
If you haven’t joined in the fun yet, follow us on Twitter to get
cutting edge release information about all the new Porsches. We are also giving
away prizes for retweeting our car announcements. The full rules are here
but in short, we are giving away Porsche Expansion Pack codes every morning and
giving away a cool prize from Porsche every afternoon as we continue to unveil
Porsches. Winners will be randomly chosen Twitter followers who retweet out
car announcement tweets from 8 a.m. and 1 p.m... Immediately following each car
announcement a photo of the new Porsche will be posted on Facebook. Like, like,
We will be doing this every day, including weekends up to
the release of the Porsche Expansion Pack.
Congratulations to this week’s winners thus far:
Those of you lucky enough to attend this weekend’s American Le Mans
Monterey Presented by Patrón race at Mazda’s Laguna Seca race track should keep
an eye on Twitter as well. One of our Turn 10 fella’s (dressed appropriately in
Turn 10 gear) will be there giving out really cool stuff. Not to give anything away, but can you say “Hot
laps in a Porsche Cup Car?” Yeah, probably worth the effort to try and find
him. The trick will be to follow Turn 10 on Twitter and watch for tweets from
our man in the crowd that mention his location. Then go find him to win. He will
be hanging out in cool places.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I am filling the monstrous shoes
of our fearless leader Mechberg this week, but to quote him properly and keep
the tradition going. “Now, on to the rest of the Week in Review!”
First, a little blatant self-serving promotion. Hopefully,
you all read this week’s Rear
View Mirror, our look back at the previous week in racing in the real world
and the world of Forza Motorsport. In said awesome racing column written by
yours truly, I asked for help to build the RVM thread
to at least five pages by talking about why you love Porsche. I hoped for five
pages, I dreamed of ten pages, I offered a few unicorns for your comments. Holy
shiznit, did you folks respond! “I created a monster cuz nobody wants to see
Marshall no more they want Shady, I’m chopped liver.” The thread is an amazing
71 pages and still growing. Thank you all, some serious global love of Porsche’s
has been shown, and believe it or not I think 100 pages are possible. I will be hitting the RVM thread again and
giving away a few more unicorns in an effort to reach this goal. I am a glutton
for punishment I know, but hey, 71 pages not bad, if I do say so myself.
This week’s Heavy Metal Affliction,
our weekly series on cool rides, awesome projects and barn finds, featured a
super sweet 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo contributed by The Weener King, gotta love that Gamertag, reminds me of Ferris Bueller’s
Day Off, Abe Froman Sausage King of Chicago. Love that movie. Awesome car movie
too, just because of the Ferrari. Oh yeah, Heavy Metal Affliction, well the car
is super cool and your response to compliments about it has been excellent too,
so thanks again. Or do I mean you’re welcome? Whatever. Read the article, post
a compliment, I’ll be hitting that thread to give away a couple more
unicorns while the boss is away too.
Turn 10 Track Day
If you can’t make it to the American Le Mans
Monterey Presented by Patrón race at Mazda’s Laguna Seca race track like most of
us, the next best thing is to enjoy the race with others that appreciate your
passion for racing. So Fred, Javier and I will be hanging out on the Turn 10
Track Days Facebook page. The race
is six hours long and we will be there the whole race, giving away free stuff,
chatting and basically kickin’ it. The race will be on ESPN 3 and the ESPN app
on Xbox LIVE. The race starts at 1:15 p.m. Pacific. See ya there!
Planking, Winning a
Free Car and More with ARMIPOTENT ADAM
Back in November of 2011, we held the Hyundai THR Secret Car
Design Contest. The challenge was, to create an awesome design for the Hyundai
Genesis Coupe using the Forza 4 in-game livery editor tool. After thousands of
submissions, five finalists were chosen by the Forza Community Team, leaving
the winner to be chosen by Xbox Live users. The winner was ARMIPOTENT ADAM. After taking delivery of his prize, a 2012 Hyundai
Veloster, we wanted ask him a few questions to gain some insight into what it’s
like to win such a radical prize and what it took to design the winning livery.
Adam, how do you like your Hyundai Veloster?
Adam: The Veloster is a very
cool car. At first I was considering the option of taking the cash rather than
the car, but after checking out some Velosters at a local Hyundai dealership, I
decided that I had to get one. Although, I simply had to upgrade to the
"Style Package" as the panoramic roof and red/black interior were a must.
Speaking of upgrading, I would like to thank Buddy K. (the sales manager at
Dean Patterson Hyundai) and his Hyundai regional contact for getting me the
exact Veloster that I wanted. Those guys were awesome and Jim S.
(salesman) treated me like royalty when I went to take delivery of the
car. Shout out to Jim and Buddy.
What did you drive before winning the Veloster?
Adam: A 2001 Mitsubishi
Diamante LS. It was gray with two-tone gray leather interior and an
effervescent style that has been unmatched by other car manufacturers.
You will be missed, my dear Diamante.
were some funny pics you sent us, why exactly did you do that? Do those
positions have any significance? Can you send us some more of you” Tebow”ing
Adam: Those pics were
spontaneous, semi-planned and premeditated. I had the idea of writing a
short review of the Veloster and took those pictures with that in mind.
Not only that, but I am a fan of planking and anti-planking. My friends
and I do not judge planking on form (much like the majority of trend-following
plankers), but rather, on the audacity involved. I'll be happy to include
some extra photos. This chair is uncomfortable. Do you mind if I
stand for the remainder of this interview?
you were working on the winning livery, what was the driving force behind your
Adam: Winning. I knew
that I had just as good of a chance as anyone, so I really spent a lot of time
making sure that everything was as perfect as I could possibly get it. I
knew that I had to go with shades of blue after perusing Hyundai's
website. This, however, was a tough design because none of us were 100%
sure in regards to how crazy we could get with our liveries due to the
rules. I was really worried that mine was going to be too conservative,
but I guess it worked out in the end.
FM: What is
the biggest influence on your designs?
different from everyone and satisfied with my creation. Ultimately, my
satisfaction is my measure of success. If others enjoy a design that I've
done, that is just icing on the cake. I would be lying if I said I was not
influenced/pushed by some of the other great designers that participate on the
forums. I'm friends with a lot of them and I think that we (although we
never really talk about it) have a bit of a friendly rivalry. I think
it's great and makes a lot of us to try for something better than
"good". John, I gotta ask... you haven't blinked once during
this entire interview. Is everything OK?
Adam: John, I would like to thank
you for taking the time to ask me some great questions and giving me the
opportunity to answer them. You've been wonderful. Last, but not
least, I would also like to thank T10 for organizing such a great competition
and especially Hyundai for putting forth such a great prize.
Hello to all of my friends at FM.net and greetings to all!
Thank you Adam, enjoy the car. I’ll be checking your
storefront for cool designs. In fact I already picked up a couple, uh, as you
know from our interview conversation. Keep up the great work!
Oh, hey Adam is also running another Forza Idol race series, take a look at his thread
and sign up or contribute. These have a reputation for being a good time!
Community photo contest third place winner Shuriken512