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By 23 November 2021
AFK racing is here.
A few weeks ago, Forza Horizon 5’s barn-based gifting system was being flooded by cheap Jeeps. This was due to the car mastery system—which lets players unlock bonuses by spending skill points earned through driving. The Willys Jeep was not only cheap, but its unlock grid required just five skill points to earn a Super Wheelspin—a particularly lucrative loot box that can grant players hundreds or thousands of credits per spin.
Players, then, would buy the Jeep, unlock the Super Wheelspin, and discard it—or gift it to other players. The profits were potentially huge, at least until a recent patch which removed the Super Wheelspin reward from the Willys altogether.
In response, some players are now using a more creative solution to get easy cash—using Forza Horizon 5’s accessibility options to generate a large pile of skill points without ever having to touch their controller.
Here’s how it works: by heading to the Creative Hub, and selecting the Event Lab, you can search for some lengthy races designed specifically for AFK farming. I tested on CxsmoSucks’ 15 lap course—share code “593058147”—with a car tuned up to X-class using a specific AFK tune. While some 50 lap circuits exist, Forza Horizon 5’s recent patch also seems to have capped the amount of XP you can earn per event while AFK farming.
The key bit happens before the race, in the difficulty menu. Using some new accessibility options—changing braking to “Assisted” and steering to “Auto-Steering”—and by enabling both traction and stability control, the car will essentially drive itself. All you need to do is hold the acceleration button. If you’re on controller, a rubber band can hold the right-trigger in position. Rather than finding something to wedge my W key in place, though, I’ve just been holding it down while typing this on my laptop.
By banking a huge number of skill points, players are again turning to cheap cars to unlock Super Wheelspins. Sure, the 1987 Pontiac Firebird requires a whole 14 skill points to get there, but it only costs 25,000 credits.
Is this an exploit? Kind of, but it’s the sneaky sort of exploit that combines a bunch of systems performing as intended to generate the desired result. As mentioned, auto-steering is an accessibility option. It is doing its job. The Event Lab is a way for players to create their own track, easy or hard; long or short. It, too, is performing as intended.
So is the skill system—in fact, it’s less efficient to earn skills via a long, easy race than it is to just mess about in the open world for a couple of hours bashing into cacti. Really, then, it’s the combination of these entirely normal features—along with a little controller DIY—that makes it arguably illicit. The AFK potential here means you can walk away for a few hours and come back to a decent chunk of skill points that can be turned into Super Wheelspins.
This does raise a question: is there any reason to actually do this? To my mind, no—Forza Horizon 5 has already handed me more cars than I will realistically drive, even despite the restrictions present in the seasonal playlist. But if you’re the right mix of compulsive and impatient, I can see the draw. There are hundreds of cars left for me to unlock, and while I’m prepared for that to be an ongoing reason to play the game, some inevitably just want it all, now.
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EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are already celebrating their anniv and Valentines Day – GMA News Online
EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are celebrating Valentines Day and their 9th anniversary early — as in January early.
On his Instagram Stories, EA posted a couple photo of the two of them inside a parked car and greeted his girlfriend a Happy Valentines Day as well as an advanced happy 9th anniversary because "same kami ng schedule ng lock-in taping," EA said.
"Happy Valentine's Day! Happy 9th anniversary! Advance ko na Baba," he continued.
"Mami-miss kita. See you in 2 months," EA said as he tagged Shaira.
Shaira, who has gone into quarantine for "Lolong" taping, reposted EA's IG Stories and said she was also "gonna miss you baba."
"See you soon!" Shaira wrote after three crying face emojis.
"Advance HVD and happy anniv, too!" She greeted EA.
The two are each working on a project that will have both of them in locked-in taping through February. — LA, GMA News
Argentina: Codere Introduces Zitro’s LOTBA-Approved Online Games – GamblingNews.com
Global gaming industry provider, Zitro, announced on Thursday that its online subsidiary Zitro Digital expanded its presence in the Latin American region.
Zitro Digital revealed that its portfolio of digital games is available for the first time within the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, thanks to a deal with Codere Group. As a result, players can enjoy the highly-popular Video Bingo games, as well as the famous progressive multigame Pick & Win.
To complete the deal, Zitro received approval from the gaming regulator of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires called Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad del Estado (LOTBA). As a result, the company’s digital games were approved for casinos licensed within the jurisdiction. The company’s games have been highly successful for years throughout land-based casinos. However, now, players in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires can enjoy those games via desktop PC, tablet, or mobile devices.
The latest move complements Zitro’s ongoing expansion in Argentina. Besides the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, back in December, the company increased its presence in the country by completing three casino installations. As a result, Zitro’s highly popular games and cabinets were introduced to three venues in the Mendoza region.
Besides Latin America, Zitro’s games are also popular in Europe. In fact, last month, Zitro’s most popular games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues in France. Consequently, the top-performing Link Me and Link King games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues.
Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America, Alejandra Burato, deemed the company’s steady growth as an outstanding achievement. Moreover, she acknowledged that the growth helps pave the way for Zitro to enter new jurisdictions in Argentina and around the globe. Burato revealed that creating a “product that is as successful and profitable to operators as our land-based games” is the main goal for Zitro. She explained that after the team’s hard work the company is proud to see this goal become reality.
“It is an outstanding achievement to watch Zitro Digital growing steadily and opening the way to new online casino markets not only in Argentina but across all continents.”
Moreover, Burato said that receiving approval by the LOTBA is an important step for the expansion of Zitro Digital. She added that Zitro is grateful for Codere Group’s trust. In conclusion, Burato said that the company is “excited about adding new game titles soon.”
“We are convinced that players will enjoy the same success in the online channel and that it will support our omnichannel growth strategy.”
Codere online’s regional director, Salo Leder, added that bringing world-class entertainment for its clients in Argentina is a key priority for the company. He acknowledged that this partnership brings a “broad portfolio of online video bingo and Zitro video slots games,” which have already proved to be successful at brick-and-mortar casinos. In conclusion, Leder predicted that the same success will be observed within the online channel, which will further help Codere grow.
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