March 11, 2021
Driving Seat Blog #7
This week, we go big in Japan, catch up with Nissan’s one-off Proto, and ask super-mod’ Konan about what’s happening in the CARS world …
Since the last blog entry, we’ve released Update 4, a free track, and the third DLC for Project CARS 3. If you missed it, you can watch the official “Power Pack” trailer here, and you can also get an inside scoop in how we created the one-only Nissan Z Proto in-game here.
Konan in the CARS Community
Belgian Koen Claes has been a moderator on the project CARS forum since back in 2015. Known as Konan, he keeps dedicating his time to the community (up at 5Am every day to moderate, and then asleep by 1AM). We asked him to take a look at what the CARS community is like these days.
When did you first join the Project CARS community?
I joined the forum on May 11th of 2015, because I wanted to ask some questions about the flag system in Project Cars 1. I wasn’t even aware the forum existed before that—I just Googled “Project Cars” and found it. I’ve been a member ever since.
So how did you become a moderator?
Well, it came as quite a surprise. Apparently, Mod Baldor, Mod Sankyo, and Mod Roger Prynne recommended me to the developers as a suitable candidate. I was made an official moderator on May 30th of 2016 (wow, has it been that long ago already?!).
What do you remember most fondly from the early days?
What I remember most of the early days was a community that was always ready to help anyone out if they had questions or issues. Many posts in the forum made you smile, or outright laugh out loud. A good place to dwell in. Those days are not gone, although they’ve become rarer. I’m sure, though, that the majority of the community is only hibernating and will soon wake up and return to what it was before—if not even better.
How did you earn or come up with your nickname, Konan?
Konan comes from KOen and NANcy my wife.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened as a moderator on the forum?
The funniest thing that ever happened was not long after I became a moderator. I’m sure most people know Cluck one of our more outspoken long-time members. He reported a spammer once, and that was the first time I had to use the “spam-o-matic”. This aid-tool removes all posts the spammer made, and then bans them.
Unfortunately, Cluck answered in that spammer post and as a result, all his posts got removed as well! A cold sweat broke out, realizing I had to contact him to notify him what I’d done! Not sure, but I think he even got banned! Took me several hours to get those posts back where they belonged. Cluck was pretty cool about the whole thing though, and we had a good laugh afterward.
What’s the best thing about being a moderator?
The best thing about being a moderator is no doubt the interaction with the developers. People don’t generally know them like we do, and I’m sure that if they did, many would think differently about them
What’s your hope for the Project CARS franchise in the future?
My hope for the franchise in the future is that Slightly Mad Studios keeps setting the benchmark for racing titles and comes up with a solution to unite both the sim community and the casual racers. The roots are there, a combination of all three Project CARS games would in my opinion result in such an “all communities” title.
Big in Japan
BANDAI NAMCO in Japan has created a little video for Japanese fans of Project CARS 3. It’s called “Find your Style” and it’s a terrific trailer with an awe-inspiring mix of classic and new cars.
Watch it here and get inspired by some of those old-time classics.
While you’re at it, the Power Pack is packed full of JDM goodness, so check out Bandai Namco’s Japanese website too for lots of cool content.
And that’s a wrap for this week. Come hang out with the rest of the community on our Discord server and be sure to keep an eye out for the latest Project CARS 3 news by following us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the Project CARS website.