I have read the entire thread, and I am like: what have I just read?
I'm a huge fan of my harddisk interface(s) (IDE+, BlackBox, Side2+U1MB, MyIDE), and yes I wished that the original disk would run from PBI too; that was one of the many feelings I had about this absolutely STUNNING port.
On the other side, I must add, this game made me use my real 1050 diskdrive, and I thought it was really fun to have that experience again. I still have plans to create a cool disk label for the floppydisk (and sleeve).
I have to say that I'm not the biggest fan of XBIOS. I absolutely see the strength of it, but the reason I'm not the biggest fan, is because it does not meet my idea of compatibility with the original a8 concept. Stuff like IDE+ and SIDE2 follow the concept and IMHO everything developed should follow that. That is why am also not the biggest fan (anymore) of Custom OS's.
It's not that I'm against it; I also love Qmeg OS and MyBIOS (Custom OS's) and I am pretty amazed by the simplicity and features of the Sio2BT which works on a Stock XL/XE with XBIOS loader. Yes, that is fabulous stuff.
Most important thing (for me) is: Atari = fun. It all has it's charm. I absolutely ADORE the Stunt Car Racer game. It is really challenging, and finally a game that is pretty hard to master indeed. I have been playing it quite a lot, and I still feel like a rookie, and that is not the game to blame, but simply myself. I need to practice more.
I must say I have no problems with the loading speed. The only thing I would love to see is an option to go to the start screen with a key combination (I did not find it yet). Also when I chose by accident Multiplayer game, I did not found a way of exit that. That is where I have to reboot, and that is where the loading time is noticeable.
I encourage atari developers to work more together. I think we absolutely should be very thankful and happy with great hardware development, and with fabulous software development (Games, demos, but also tools and amazing firmwares like the alternate Bios for Ultimate 1MB and Incognito). I think it is always good to write for stock Atari computer, but it is a good thing to take in mind that there is actual HW development like PBI harddrives. Can't be that hard to write software that is PBI HD compatible I guess...
But please let the joy/fun about and with Stunt Car Racer be the highlight of this thread. Stunt Car Racer was one of those games that made me want my Atari ST back, and for this game I don't need an Atari ST anymore. So again a very big thank you to all the people involved; and yes that also means XXL and his Xbios!