Better GT Sport Community Content Search

I’ve been playing Gran Turismo Sport since it launched in 2017. One of the new features that Polyphony Digital added to the series was the ability to create and share decals and liveries for cars, helmets, and race suits. Car customization is not new in racing games; the Forza series was doing this in the Xbox 360 generation, and I remember Top Gear Rally for the Nintendo 64 gave players the ability to customize the paint scheme of the cars. It’s cool to see some of the content players are uploading to Gran Turismo and even cooler that you can download the liveries/decals and apply them to your own vehicles.

However, there is one fatal flaw with GT Sport with the community content: the search is TERRIBLE. I think the search shows “popular content” (like the top 100 overall) then you apply filters to that list. When you show “by date” the date range is only 3-7 days at a time. There’s no way to search for a specific livery across the years of content.

Thankfully, M_Anony from the GT Planet forums created a search engine for the content and it… is… great.

The features are bare with only a search box to type in your search term and a drop-down to pick a specific car. Ultimately, what more do you need? M_Anony also has search engines for decals, helmets, race suites, and replays.

If you are playing Gran Turismo Sport and want a better way to find community content, be sure to check out M_Anony‘s search engine.

Have Fun.
-Tony

A $1 fix to Audio-Technica’s Microphone Boom

Recently I purchased an Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ microphone to replace my old Plantronics GameCom Pro 1 headset from 2005. I splurged and spent the extra $50 to get the streaming pack, which included headphones and a boom.

The microphone and headphones are great, but it turns out the microphone boom is not the highest quality. The springs pop and creak when the boom moves around. You’re not supposed to rotate the boom around in the desk mount. The biggest issue, however, is a carriage bolt and nylon lock nut clamps the microphone mounting stud to the boom. If you twist the stud up/down enough times, that nut loosens, and the mounting stud falls. The only way to tighten lock nut is to grab and wrench.

Showing the location of the back lock nut
The nylon lock nut will eventually loosen if you move the stud up/down

Here is a quick fix for the lock nut issue, and it cost less than $1. Go to the hardware store and purchase an M4 wing nut. My local Lowe’s and Home Depot both had these wing nuts in stock located in the special hardware section. If the nut starts to loosen, then you can reach up and twist the wing nut instead of grabbing a wrench.

wing nut installed
Problem solved with a wing nut

Have fun.
-Tony