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Happy 10th Birthday To The Duck Oh my gosh I can’t believe it, we bloody well made it to year number 10!! Wow! Where do I start with this one then? I think starting at the start would be a good start, so that’s where I’ll start. Before It All Back in 2005 a trailer for a game showed at E3, this game was Test Drive Unlimited and it hooked me almost straight away. With its massive environment, great cars, bikes! (and I’m not even a huge bike fan but it was something different) and a general feeling of being more about the drive than the race, here was a title I had been waiting a long time for. In the run up to the original release for Xbox 360 in September 2006 it was clear that this game was going to draw in a good crowd and that those people would be of a sort that would just get what this game allows. Well that happened and they were easy to spot as they all visited the official Atari community forums, of which I later became a moderator on because of my selfless promotion of the game… I mean my helpfulness to others was just that amazing. Over that time of being on these forums I came to meet many of the members from it in the game itself. This showed there was just so much potential for a dedicated community to the game and being that I was in fact a long time admin of the Forzacentral community, the idea of where to go in relation to a name was obvious. And so... Welcome to Test Drive Unlimited Central Funnily enough, I still remember writing the original ‘Welcome to TDU Central !!’ thread at 3AM in the morning, ready for the ‘switch to be flicked’ at noon the same day. And as that time came to strike, the community of Test Drive Unlimited Central kicked off right on time at 12:00pm (UK time) on February 1st 2007. After about 2 mins this was shortened to TDU Central (TDUc) for obvious reasons and the community that enjoyed the game flocked over to the new place. All the good eggs came over and signed up and plenty of discussion, showing of media and arranging meet-ups and such were well underway. The PC mob weren’t staying away either as the release of TDU was heading their way and so over they came also. And it is thanks to these early pioneers that our popularity spiked as their early experiments in the modding of TDU started to show some real promise, and when new vehicles were getting closer and closer to being able to be put into the game, visitor numbers surged and activity frankly exploded. Unfortunately all this attention made our hosting practically do the same and so we had to look elsewhere and moving up the power chain meant increased costs, but thankfully a good amount of generous members contributed from their own pockets to keep things running. Over the years there were some really hard times and there were moments where we actually were away and had moved to a temporary free hosting forum which we subsequently labelled ‘TDU C-rap’ if I remember correctly. These hardships were overcome and forum life in general was pretty sweet, with plenty of regulars having fun and joking about with one another, game sessions and meets being proposed and members for clubs being sought after. This was a fun time! Here comes Test Drive Unlimited 2! In early 2009 the infamous BADNED, who you may know from Forza circles, posted about how a sequel was on its way, showing some of the old media and information that he had available to him. Unsurprisingly this lit a fire under people in our community and the chatter started to happen about what they hoped to see, what they wanted fixed and improved, and what the new location could well be. Well after that little burst of news I took it upon myself to go hunting for goodies myself and so, armed with Google and some knowledge on how to go about performing advanced searches, I set out on my web expedition and to my surprise, found quite a lot of stuff. Concept art, vehicle renders, interface graphics and icons and a small clip from a work in progress trailer video. Some of this concept media was displaying some weather scenes and so again another flourish of conversation and hype-building was unleashed on us. At the end of 2009 I received an email, this email was from none other than Mr David Nadal, head chieftain of Eden Games and in it he was responding to the info I had found and commented that he found it flattering and showed that the desire for a sequel was strong. He ended his message with words to the effect that '2010 will be an important year' and left it at that. It wasn't until March 2010 that the official drop arrived on the scene. As this is when an email containing details about TDU 2 and its first official screenshots went out. Naturally though, I was out taking care of some business down in the town when it arrived and so I missed being able to post it for our members before it spread like wildfire around the internet. (sods law and all that) Shortly after this I was invited to attend a TDU 2 event in Lyon at Eden Games with another fansite admin, Fabien of tdu.fr fame, where we were treated to a presentation about the game, allowed to ask questions, watch the game, watch the game crash (these things happen during development), play the game, comment on how the game was “twitchy” and “had too much grip” and then get a tour around the studio where many a vehicle model was seen that we had to keep quiet about. (still sour about no Lamborghini even though…) Understandably the other TDUc muppets were thrilled that I had been able to do this and had nothing but warm wishes and smiles for me when I got back but hey they and some of the regular scum members got a chance to head on down to London where at Namco Bandai Partners we got to check out TDU 2, eat pizza and watch Baldy consume an unhealthy amount of sparkling water. This was a really fun day and one I am so glad to have been able to do, not because of the game but because of being able to meet the people behind the words and see just how they were in real life. They were all quality people and I really would like to see them again in the future. *Aww* TDU 2 What Happened To You?! Not going to lie, TDU 2 for many of the original game’s players was not a good game at all. It fixed the problem of the roads and gave us a whole other island to play with but the core of it, the driving, was horrible. The cars were very twitchy and performing a powerslide was not as natural as it was in its predecessor, and not just in Hardcore mode either but there was a real feel of delay in getting the vehicle to respond to your controls and despite the lovely smooth roads compared to TDU, the driving just didn’t make it fun to play. I myself spent 98% of my TDU 2 playtime in the Casino, playing the slots or praying for the roulette not to crash out or say you’ve won but still take your money. Out of most of my gambling time a good amount was probably spent drinking cocktails in order to win a ticket for the high stakes Poker game. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this aspect and the winnings from it allowed me to buy the yacht, all the Veyrons and every other hypercar but that was it. I could not drive them in that game and that kind of hurt as this was a sequel myself and my community had been waiting years for, and here it was and it was pretty bad…. for us anyway. Not ignoring the people who do enjoy the game but for fans of the original TDU 2 over on our place, it was quite the disappointment. Why turboduck? Within a very short time of the release of TDU 2 we realised that being a dedicated TDU community wasn’t going to work any more and so we opened up the discussion about where we should go from here. This talk was mainly contained within our chatbox amongst the regular and veteran members until a thread was created by tWm looking to create a proper conversation on the matter. It descended into mainly jokes and piss taking but there were a couple of genuine suggestions and comments on the matter. One of these was made by me™ who commented “Rename it to TDuck, as in Turbo Duck” and this was noticed, in fact as we were known as TDUc which was said as T-duck the name had came up before along with other words that begin with ‘t’. As I liked the name that much, in August I went ahead and registered the domain to keep it as a proper option. Throughout the rest of 2011 and into 2012 the name was picking up steam amongst people and so it was decided this is what we were going to rebrand ourselves as. I started work on the first version of turboduck which included a main site that had been missing for too long and version ‘one’ went live on October 23rd 2012. The focus was removed from TDU and all other games were brought in along with more typical gaming, automotive and motorsport talk and that has been our way ever since. We still have our crazy laid back ways and aim to make our members find fun on our place and will continue to do so for as long as I hold the admin hat. The future… ? Looking ahead, it’s going to a bit of a strange one. A new TDU looks to be coming so naturally people are watching that but with more caution because they do not want to be bitten again. A new Forza Motorsport is on its way and should be looking incredible on Scorpio and PC, GT Sport is just coming at some point (starting to really not care about that series), Assetto Corsa has brought an awesome PC racing sim to console, DiRT Rally has shown that a proper sim can sell and play well too, VR is making games even more fun and immersive and old names are reappearing making some of us ask… It’s been an epic time and a hard time but it’s certainly been one that’s been amazing to see. I thank each and every member who has posted and shared anything worthwhile on our community forum and wish you all the best in life, even if that means leaving us and finding your way in the real world. Just make sure to come back now and then and let us know how you are getting on. As for us. We will just keep on keeping to our motto: Be Stupid Responsibly! Cheers! – turboduck team
Guest posted a topic in Automotive DiscussionBelieve it or not, this year marks the 20th (!) anniversary of the MKIV Toyota Supra. Kind of hard to believe that Toyota brainstormed the idea of it and put it into production over 20 years ago now, with only minor tweaks over its 10 year production run. To celebrate this milestone event of Toyota's poster boy sports car for the last two decades, a couple of members from the NSW division of the Australian Supra Club decided to put together an event, extending the invitation to all of the localised Supra clubs across the country, from Victoria to WA. Although the number of people that turned up wasn't quite as high as initially hoped, 38 Supras in the one spot was still a sight to behold! The meeting place was to be in Bathurst, a town that's a 2.5 hour drive away to the west of Sydney, home of the Mount Panorama race track, over the 16th and 17th of November. It was Friday night when I left, after quickly changing my gearbox oil, with my dad as my co-pilot for the 10 and a half hour drive to Bathurst from the outer suburbs of Melbourne. I did the first 2.5 hour driving stint out of Melbourne before my dad took over for an hour, before we decided to just call it a night and finish the rest of the journey in the morning. We set out early Saturday morning and the weather was perfect! For as far as you could see towards the direction we were headed it looked like the perfect day, despite the weather forecast for Bathurst we'd heard on Thursday night. I started out driving again for a few hours before my dad jumped in and drove for an hour, then I jumped back in for a couple hours and so on. With my dad driving, I had a bit more time to appreciate the scenery and to take a few photos while going down the road. 009 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr The view from this area (can't remember exactly where this was) was amazing. 011 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr Crossing the bridge into Gundagai, where I jumped back in and we made the first fuel stop with a quarter of a tank left. We stopped into a Shell station right next to the Dog on the Tucker Box and to my surprise, pulled in right behind the Midnight Purple '34 LAI' R34 GTR at the pump. (If you don't know that Skyline, Google it, although no pictures I've seen of it do it any real justice, it was stunning in person.) Sadly (stupidly), I didn't get any pictures of it. 022 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 025 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr A few hours later we'd swapped drivers again. It was at around the 200 or so kms to go mark that off in the distance you could see a storm brewing, the closer we got, the darker it got. It was around the 70km mark that we ended up driving into it and it was pissing down really hard for a while there. 031 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr By the time we'd gotten to Bathurst the rain had eased off and it was just spitting, but another 1-2 hours later it hit really hard again. At least it washed some of the bugs off the front of my car though. We drove around town for a while, scoping out the motels, before ending up at a schnitzel bar with the other Supra owners, but it was pretty crowded inside with all the people there, so we left and went to do a few laps around the Mount Panorama track, which just so happens to be an open public road when it's not being raced on. Man, if you think this track looks steep on TV you have no idea, the TV makes it look as flat as a gokart track compared to what it really is... Not to mention half the corners are completely blind, props to the guys that race over the top of that mountain at over 150kmh! After doing a couple of forwards and reverse laps of the track, we ended up going to Maccas for dinner before heading to a local car wash and giving my car a good de-bugging. 059 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 062 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 065 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 070 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr I can say I was actually pretty happy when I woke up in the morning and looked out from the balcony of the motel to see it hadn't rained and that my car was still nice and clean after all the effort I put into cleaning it the night before. 087 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr Mmmmmmm, those factory pumped guards... 095 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr The itinerary for the day was to head to a place called The Hub for breakfast as a group, before going back to our motels to check-out and then heading on over trackside for the Bathurst Motor Racing Museum where we reassembled as a group. We hung around for a while, talking Supras, checking out titanium exhausts and doing exhaust decibel checks, before about half of the group went through the Motor Museum, while the other half took off around the track (which happened to be half closed on Sunday due to asphalt resurfacing), while the mastermind behind the event, Alex, organised a barbeque for lunch back at the museum. After we came out of the museum we all headed back up to the top of the mountain to join the others for some group photoshoots and more chatting. We then headed back down the hill to the museum to reassemble once again. 098 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 101 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 103 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 105 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 108 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 110 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr I was really excited when I saw this in the Racing Museum, I used to love watching Lowndes behind the wheel of the Green Eyed Monster when I was little. Best looking V8SC livery ever in my opinion. 175 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 200 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 203 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 207 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 210 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 214 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr And some stickers I thought were pretty funny. 215 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 216 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr Talk about squatting the rear end down under acceleration! 231 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 233 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 234 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 235 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 241 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 243 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 247 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 245 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 246 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 248 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr 251 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr We then tried to line up on the front straight of the track for a photo, but I don't think that idea was welcomed with open arms by one of the track workers, so we took off. Not long after that it was decided that everyone would go for a cruise back towards Sydney, at which point I had to leave to start heading back home unfortunately. So we split from the group, went and grabbed something to eat and then refueled before the long drive back home. Back in Victoria, while driving down the Hume Freeway, at about 11pm at night, we kinda ran over the top of a Kangaroo, at 110km/h. We'd just swapped drivers again and my dad was back in the driver's seat. I was starting to get pretty tired by this point after sleeping for about 10 hours total since Thursday night, so I decided I'd try to sleep for an hour before getting back in to drive. About 15 minutes in I was just starting to nod off when there was a massive thump which just about scared the crap out of me. I jumped and said "What the hell was that?!?", to which my dad replied, "A kangaroo". At first after just being woken up with such a fright I immediately pictured the front of my car all smashed up, before he went on to say we didn't hit it while it was jumping across the road, but while already lying on the road, which gave me a little bit of relief. This being the Hume Freeway at night time there was no light around at all, but there was a sign almost immediately after hitting the kangaroo that said there was a service station only 2 kms down the road. So my dad continued driving after slowing down briefly to ensure nothing in the steering or anything had broken. We pulled up at the petrol station and I almost didn't want to get out to have a look at first, but luckily, THERE WAS NO DAMAGE. At all. There were two trucks infront of us, one truck about 500 metres or so infront of the other one, then a Suzuki Swift inbetween the last truck and us. We can only think that either the first truck, or the second truck, initially hit the kangaroo and didn't slow down or brake after hitting it, then the Swift infront didn't see it in time, also travelling at 110kmh so didn't brake at all still giving us no indication there was a kangaroo in the middle of the road. By the time it came into our light beam it was too late to react and well, bam. It was then I remembered I chucked my little work light in the boot with my car cleaning stuff before we left home, so I grabbed it and we checked out the underneath which was also fine, apart from some blood and fur. So we continued on towards Melbourne. By the time we got back to my home town it was just before 1am, we stopped in at the car wash to blast all the bugs off again and all of the blood and fur underneath from the kangaroo. 257 by MrLolololXD, on Flickr I had a blast this past weekend hanging out with other Supra owners and can't wait for the next big meet. Hey, they turn 21 next year, maybe we could hold an even bigger event?
"Happy Birthday TDUC, Happy Birthday TDUC, Happy Birthday dear TDUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCC Happy Birthday TDUC!" *three cheers* Yes folks believe it or not TDUC is 5 years old today!! How time has flown and for those of you who have stuck with us throughout this whole time all I can say is wow and thanks for doing that. Hopefully it wasn't a wasted 5 years, I'm sure it wasn't but all the the same massive thanks and appreciation from me, myself, I and of course TDUCk. I say it all the time but if you had told me back on the 30th January 2007 when I was preparing and getting the forum ready for it's launch that it would not only make it to 5 years but also be very active and have an amazing community built from all areas of the globe and encompass all types from the dumb to the not so dumb then I would have run around in circles on the floor Homer Simpson style and called you crazy. It's not that I didn't have the belief it's just that well honestly how many of you even believe it today that this place, this little small vibrant community is actually 5 years young today!? Exactly. :oook: Of course we wouldn't have even made it had it not been for our members and the community spirit that we really like to embody here at TDUC. You have seen the fun, the laughter and the downright insane that we perform often and it's this random spontaneous responsible stupidity that we are known for that I think has helped us to continue to go year after year, even after that of which we are all about has failed to live up to many expectations. That's a true testament to the character of you guys our members and how you really do seem to enjoy being here. That I can never get my head around but I can sort of semi-understand it and constantly strive to improve upon it. :duck: Then there's the support and contributions that people give off their own backs and this is what keeps the Duck swimming, and that is the honest truth as without this support we would have been gone a long time ago. We are constantly active and you guys know yourself that the Scotty! message is making a return and this is in part due to the popularity ever growing yet again so looks like more fun times ahead for sure. :D I can't talk about the longevity of this place without mentioning those of you who have not only helped keep this place thriving but also provided the many amazing modifications and gameplay improvements to the community via your mods and programs. There are so many of you who give of your own time and create mods better than what came out with the game itself and who continue to improve and add things to the games that keep people playing as if it was only released yesterday. You guys truly are great and I thank each and everyone of you for sharing your work and creations with others, and even though it is a mostly thankless task you still do it without placing viruses or rick rolls in with your files. :lol: So for that I applaud you. I guess I better say something about the Staff, you guys help not only in keeping this place clean and flowing but also join in on the fun and games by participating in the nonsense and the mental and I thank you massively for this. Even if you weren't insane when you first joined you are now so deal with it. HUGE THANKS TO BALDY for getting his kit off and sitting on the toilet in order to bring the TV back on, it started as a random remark to a question but my stubbornness made it true and god love him he actually did it and did it brilliantly at that. So Cheers mate, you truly are a legend! Well that's it folks, I just wanted to actually type something that remotely resembles my heartfelt appreciation for every real member we have here who participates in the discussions and the fun here and I hope we see you around in the years to come. It's yet another new year so let's hope that this one is a great one and that Atari actually gets off their arse and starts communicating. Well all that's left to say is: :bparty: and of course.... :bunny: :monkeydance: :coolspot: :hsquad: :bananadance3: :bgroove: :bananadance: :tdance: :pdance: :odance::chewy::taz: :uduckdance: :duckdance: :cactus::cowdance: :dpenguin: :hdance: :fld: :gdance::bananadance2: Thank you! Diablo & TDU Central Team :cheers: