So I've completely gone down the rabbit hole with this game. It's not the driving part so much but the business management side that has me enthralled. I've got 2 big garages going and 6 or 7 employees. As others have said it is a pretty mellow game for when you just want to veg listening to a podcast or the in-game radio.
I'm playing with a 360 controller and it's just fine. I use the sequential gearbox option and have 99% of what I need mapped to buttons on the controller.I usually only use the keyboard to navigate menus.
First ever was a BBS game called The Pit that was run on one of the local bulletin boards. I connected to that with my rocking 2400 baud modem connected to my computer's parallel port. I also remember playing some mech game on Genie or Prodigy and running up a huge phone bill. I got in so much shit for that and had to pay it back slowly with my allowance.
My first real TCP/IP game was Quake and my first Console online game was PSO for dreamcast.
@brown_thrilla: Macbook pros have two graphics cards, one that is crappy but easy on battery life and one that is more powerful but drains your battery a lot faster. The laptop will switch between them depending on how much graphics power is necessary (I think there are also some settings you can adjust to influence which card is used). It's not an indication that anything is failing.