QUOTE Anything that brings more options to the hobby is a good thing.
I disagree and rather strongly.
This is a marketing buzz-phrase trotted out parrot fashion without any actual thought behind it (other than maximising sales).
A good thing for who or for what?
It might be good for Hornby, but further splintering and divisions in real live slot car racing is anything but good for our actual hobby. It's already hard enough to get a club up and running and to keep it that way, without encouraging half the potential membership to doss at home in front of a PC, conniving at ways to cheat their 'virtual buddies'! Anyone actually know how many thriving slot car clubs there are in the country? I know of some excellent ones from the posts we see here, but I really don't know how many there might be in total or how well they are doing.
Any reasonable guesses?
Whatever the number, does ANYONE genuinely think that virtual racing will actually raise this number?
Generally speaking, I believe that too many options are apt to create confusion and detract from the core values of what makes a hobby or sport popular. Divisions rarely promote unity or harmony in any minority activity, in fact usually the very opposite.
Note that I do not advocate NO options.
I am simply disagreeing with the blanket statement that "ANYTHING . . . is a good thing".
What might be good for a commericially driven, profit making company is not necessarily good for us, the hobbyists and, in this case, I think it is definitely bad.