This was then superseded by the widely popular Hard Drivin' which was an arcade and home computing staple released in 1989, and one of the most widely played simulators up to that point.Sim racing is generally acknowledged to have really taken off in 1989 with the introduction of Papyrus Design Group's Indianapolis 500: The Simulation, designed by David Kaemmer and Omar Khudari on 16-bit computer hardware.Suddenly a resolution of 320×200 seemed a poor option and NASCAR Racing was the race sim of choice for anyone with a capable PC, particularly in North America. Moreover, the first real online racing started with NASCAR Racing using the "Hawaii" dial-in servers and it was not uncommon for these early sim racers to have 0 to 00 phone bills.It was the first sim where cars no longer looked like boxes. Online racing had seen its first true realization, and to many, this was the dawn of "real" sim racing.Papyrus followed up Indy 500 with Indy Car Racing in 1993 and F1GP was surpassed in all areas. The first variant of Papyrus' NASCAR Racing series was launched in 1994.Papyrus later released more tracks and a final expansion included the Indy 500 track plus a paintkit. In SVGA (640×480) it pushed the PCs of the time to the limit.It also introduced nonlinear gameplay by allowing players to choose which path to drive through after each checkpoint, eventually leading to one of eight possible final destinations.
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It also featured a garage facility to allow players to enact modifications to their vehicle, including adjustments to the tires, shocks and wings.
With Indy 500, players could race the full 500 miles (800 km), where even a blowout after 450 miles (720 km) would take the player out of the competition. It was around this time that sim racing began distinguishing itself from arcade-style racing.
GP2 became successful not just because of its detailed and thorough simulation of the 1994 Formula 1 season, but also because it was customizable; this was achievable by way of the online community.
Players could change everything about the game: drivers, teams, graphics, physics, car shapes, and eventually even the racetracks.