The five things that I learned from playing Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3 home screen

This is very similar to another post that I wrote about what I’ve learned from playing online poker. I haven’t played in awhile, because between working and playing Real Racing 3, I haven’t had much time to do anything else.

First, the work. I was working at a Kia dealership selling appointments, not cars…whenever I told people that I was an Internet Sales Manager, I followed up with “but I don’t sell cars”. I had to make that point clear, because I didn’t (thank God). I followed that up with my “summer job” working at a Toyota dealership doing the same thing. Great place, I had a lot of fun there.

Anyways, those were temporary gigs, something I picked up because I was waiting on another start date from a company that hired me back in November 2013…that never materialised. I’m sure that they would love to have me onboard, but quite frankly, I’ve moved on to bigger and better things.

I knew that I was headed towards a break from online marketing (hence why I haven’t written about it in quite some time), but being back in a dealership accelerated the inevitable…I put everything on hold. This site, other sites, etc. I even shut down quite a few sites, as I want to pare it down to a manageable amount.

So, that’s what’s going on with me now. At my new gig, I have a bit more time (during my breaks and lunch), so I can resume playing RR3.

Now that I’m at the point to where I can focus on one race at a time, I can reflect on what I’ve learned from playing RR3, and how I want to apply it to all parts of my life.   With that in mind, here goes:

1) I need to focus on one thing at a time. All marketers have a horrible habit of trying to do 100 different things at once, in the (futile) hopes that one or more projects will pan out…between my own personal experiences and playing this game, I have figured out that this doesn’t work at all. It’s one thing to sit there and read on IM blogs and forums that you should only focus on one thing, nod your head in agreement, and even repeat what you’ve read to others…but if you can’t really grasp that concept, then you’ll wind up doing like I did, jumping from site to site.

In my own defence, at least I was sticking with one thing…building and maintaining sites. Even though I know other marketers/webmasters that run hundreds of sites, dedicating time to just over 20 of them proved to be an exercise in futility. Going forward, besides this site of course, I’ll only be running a few. At least it worked out for me.

2) Practice makes perfect. Whenever I would run into a roadblock, like not getting into first place, I would only try a couple more times, before I gave up on move on to something else. That “something else” was something easier than what I was doing, and in short, it was really something that I could run away from my problem, instead of tackling it head on. I eventually would run the same race over and over again, trying to either improve my time, or get into first place and win the race. The one unexpected benefit to racing the same race over and over again is that tracks that I initially hated, like Spa-Francorchamps and Laguna Seca, eventually turned into ones that I love.

Of course, my favourite track still remains Mount Panorama…maybe I have a thing for uphill/downhill racing.

3) Spend wisely. They don’t tell you to upgrade your car in RR3 wisely, just “get all of the upgrades”. As you move up in ranks, it isn’t necessary to do so, because your overall skills should improve to the point that you can win races without a fully upgraded car. Most of the time, if you just get the essential upgrades (just enough to win), then you will have plenty of money left over to get the next car that you upgrade, as well as at least the first few rounds of upgrades to the car.

I love to shop, but lately I’ve been getting onboard with saving my money. Whenever I go somewhere, and see something that I would like to buy, I ask myself if I really need that…in that, either:

1) Have I gone without it for some time?

2) Do I need to replace whatever it is with this new thing?

If the answer is no to either question, I put it down and move on. Having money in the bank will allow you to make calculated moves without giving into that impulse.

At least I hope it does.

4) Manage your time. What little free time I do have now to play the game (especially after work), I have to decide if I have enough time to race a certain course. If not, then I wait until I do. Same with life…used to, I would try to cram as much stuff in an allotted amount of time, without really accomplishing anything. Nowadays, I give whatever I need to do a certain amount of time, and usually I can get those things accomplished.

5) Consistency is the key to success. Much like an athlete that makes a great play, it’s because of hours upon hours of practicing. Since RR3 is a “freemium” game, and encourages/entices you to spend money to advance quicker, the alternative is to grind it for money and gold, one race at a time.

BMW M3 GT2 ALMS on the Brands Hatch circuit in Real Racing 3

Lately, I’ve been building up both by racing the BMW M3 GT ALMS on the Suzuka circuit…I’ve driven on that course at least 50 times. The benefit of this (besides a lot of money and gold), is that I have that race perfected…I know when to brake into every turn, and when to accelerate out of it. I could be far behind in the first couple of laps, and still pull out a victory…as long as I stay on course.

Just like in Madden, you don’t deviate from the gameplan.

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