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I think that GT5P should have a point system similar to America's Army for the pc. You start with x amount of points and then when you place high (1-3) you get + points. Place in the middle (4-12) you dont gain or loose points, but if you place in the lower bracket (13-16) you loose a small amount of points. Also if you crash, and the amount of time spent off the track, you would loose points. Then people of similar point values would play against each other.
Back to topic... I couldn't play online earlier either. D:
Most online games are like that, skiptomalou, which is why I block everyone's voice on XBL. I'm no prude, but I just get bored with it. What really annoys me is that the penalty system is so badly implemented. A case in point... Someone ahead of me loses control, or is in a collision, and I can't help hitting them whilst they are still spinning. I get penalised! It's ridiculous. I just don't think that any form of coded penalty system will ever work. What needs to be done ASAP is 1) Prevent hosts from exiting games and thus killing the game for everyone. 2) Implement some from of lobby system. Apologies for going off-topic.