Hmmmm....While I had hoped to avoid using Sapi support in Raceway it
does make sense under the circumstances. As I see it what you are
suggesting is that I save the games data in a text or xml file that can
be edited by hand in notepad. When loaded all of the driver, car, and
track info will be spoken aloud by Sapi. That is an elegant solution.
In that case it wouldn't matter what data ships with the game, because
it is all relative. If I want USA Raceway to be like the Nascar 2009
season all I need to do is edit the driver info by supplying the correct
name, with the car he drives, number, and sponsor. All of this info can
easily be obtained off of nascar.com so it isn't hard to find if any
user wishes to play it that way.
Another cool advantage is this might be a way of updating the game.
Every time there is a new Nascar season I could write up season
profiles, post them to the web site, and people could download them.
That way the game doesn't get old, and is frequently being updated with
new seasons, drivers, whatever. On the other hand I can go back in time
and write up profiles for passed seasons with the glory days of racing
like the 1970's and 1980's. All of this of course depends on if the cars
are of similar spec.
Tom, if sapi is used and if the game is customizable, there would be
the possibility for those who know about motor racing to create such
Heck, if customizations are at all saveable you could offer some sort
of pack with this information in.
While I can understand that people would want the game realistic, I'd
personally be against tying the game unutterably to real world racing
drivers etc, sinse that streight out excludes people who do not know
anything about racing, and would make the game hardr to deal with on
To satisfy both parts, I'd personally recommend some sort of
customization perhaps with a pre-customized version set to mimic
actual racing drivers, just In the same way that in Jim's baseball
game you can create your own team and players, ---- using either
actual players and teams or your own inventions.
just my thoughts.
Beware the grue!
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