Absolutely. I find that the term "dupe" has been extended towards cars that have even significant differences between them, for example the NSX Type S and NSX Type R. I have no problems with the idea of dupes in and of themselves.Don't let the fact that I claimed earlier that dupes could arguably be considered a legitimate addition to the game from an encyclopedic viewpoint fool you, I wholeheartedly agree that the dupes are a bit ridiculous and unneccesary. But arguing for/against dupes is a different argument than arguing for/against standards, even if there are more dupe standards than there are dupe premiums. On that note though, I don't think dupes are terrible. They do have a negative impact on GT, in the sense that they undermine the proclaimed car count and clutter up the dealership. A minor annoyance at most, and a trend I'd like to see them move away from, but it's not the end of the world either way.
The tradeoff of appealing to every crook and nanny is that the game will lose its focus. Or, as Tornado puts it (since I can't word it any better):Regarding converting standards to premium, I do believe they're working on it. But it's a slow process, and they've got to balance it with the creation of all-new premiums. Should a Honda Odyssey lover (sorry for sticking with this arbitrary vehicle as my example for so long!) have their vehicle mercilessly ripped out of the game, only to be told that it'll return to GT as a premium Someday™? Does it hurt anyone to simply leave it in as a standard for the time being?
I understand and appreciate the argument for visual consistency. I too find the inconsistency jarring, annoying and disappointing. But does my previous proposal of making AI use premiums exclusively not solve this? Visual inconsistency eradicated, unless you personally decide that buying and driving a certain standard vehicle is worth the visual compromise.
I want Standard cars gone because PD was a first party studio that spent 8 years developing two games in a row that run with framerates all over the place (even after crippling single player races )and it's god damn ridiculous to hear the hubris about how they simply made a game too pretty for the PS3 to handle when there are a bunch of launch window PS2 cars driving around the track and the performance is still inconsistent. I want Standard cars gone because they represent the worst of PD's interview double talk and silly design decisions and laziness, in GT6 even moreso than GT5.
Something's gotta give.