Originally Posted by blueRAP
No doubt every game isn't raced real time.. it's kind of obvious actually, the races are measured by the thousandths of a second for christ sake. But I see no reason to assume that most matches are against computers... My guess is that the vast majority of the races are against a user's previous race.
As in: a user runs a race, that race is put into queue, and then you get online and race their recording, which leads to your race being loaded into queue. There may be a computer race every now and then to keep things going smoothly, but I'm sure nearly every race (especially those against an opponent with usernames), are authentic in the sense that the other user did indeed run the race.
That's my theory anyways
I am curious to know the truth though.
That's what I meant when I said previously recorded race. I have a very strong suspicion that is a computer though. To many times I have been very close to winning only for my opponent to hit boost just as I was about to pass while in 5th or 6th gear in the 559. These are the races where they get a great launch and I don't.