The Low-Down on Gran Turismo 5′s Damage Modeling

Since damage modeling was announced by Polyphony Digital earlier in the year, it has been under close examination. Gran Turismo 5 is the first in the series to incorporate damage on its precious cars, and its absence has been one of the only major weaknesses noticed by many fans. Now that the game is finally out, online forums and websites have been flooded with players wondering why the damage effects in the game are so underwhelming, and the answer to those concerns is fortunately simple.

In Gran Turismo 5‘s GT Mode, damage isn’t unlocked until the racer reaches level 20. Better yet, several hours later at level 40, the full-feature damage, including mechanical as well as major structural damage, is unlocked. My experience with both so far has been nothing short of impressive. Unlike a few racing games I have played in the last few years, the cars don’t just crumple like paper. Instead, each portion of the car reacts differently, and the violent effects of impact are felt and seen therein.

Below I submit to you Exhibit A. Notice the realistic physics on impact in conjunction with significant physical damage.

While Polyphony Digital’s level-based damage system design is questionable, it has been said that it was an effort to make the game more approachable. The Gran Turismo series has never been particularly welcoming, but GT5 makes several efforts to ease the player into the world of racing simulation. In the earlier races, it’s normal to see a player bumping other cars in an attempt to overtake them. In a real racing environment, this isn’t allowed. Once the game progresses to the Expert series, the game begins to propel the player into a heavier, more punishing racing environment. While it is a bit strange, the damage effects are a sight to behold, and it’s one heck of a reward once that level is reached.

In addition, an SCEE representative stated earlier in the week that more damage effects are forthcoming. With constant updates promised by Kazunori Yamauchi, and the recent v1.03 patch coming sooner than expected, it wouldn’t surprise me if a patch comes out before the end of the year that enhances the mechanical and visual effects of the already stunning damage present in Gran Turismo 5.

You May Lose the Default Gateway on SBS 2008 Every Time You Reboot

 

When you reboot an SBS 2008 server, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • The SBS server will be unable to browse to the Internet.
  • Users will not be able to connect remotely to the SBS server using utilities such as remote web workplace or Outlook web access.
  • Client PCs that rely solely on the SBS server for DNS may not be able to browse the Internet.

If you run ipconfig on the SBS 2008 server you will notice that the default gateway is blank.

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If you manually assign the default gateway the connectivity will be restored until you reboot the server. After you reboot the server, the default gateway may again be lost.

This issue occurs because of a problem with the netsh utility in Windows Server 2008. The issue is documented in knowledge base article 973243: The default gateway is missing on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista after the computer restarts if the default gateway is set by using the Netsh command

In certain conditions, the netsh command improperly adds a Unicode Null character before the real value for the default gateway in the registry. Note: The Small Business Server Connect to the Internet Wizard uses the netsh command to set the default gateway on the server.

Use the following steps to resolve this problem.

  1. Go into the TCP/IP properties of the network card and enter in the proper default gateway.
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  2. Download and install the hotfix associated with article 973243. This fix will prevent the netsh command from adding the Null value in the future.
  3. Manually edit the affected registry key to remove the improper value set by the netsh command.
      1. Run regedit.exe
      2. Navigate to
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Para
        meters\Interfaces\\DefaultGateway
        Where is the interface value for the network card.
      3. Double click the value for DefaultGateway
      4. Remove any blank lines in the value.

      Here is an example of an incorrect registry value:

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      After you remove the blank line, the registry value should look like:

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      If you receive the following warning while saving the registry value, simply click OK

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  4. Once the update is installed and the registry change has been made, you must reboot the server.