Interesting, I've never seen the game like that. Am I the only one though that gets annoyed that the side screens are distorted so much? I know it may be by design but it just seems to be very distracting.
I noticed the distortion on this video and the JC2 vid too. I can tell you though that when you are sitting in front of the screens and actually playing it's not nearly so exaggerated. You literally don't notice it. I can say the side monitors are not just periphery either, they are quite helpful in gameplay too.
Scott, I'm a big Sim City fan. I'm hoping/begging for a sim city 5. I bought CXL, but didn't get very far, 2011 for the most part is just a glorified patch. They should not have charged for it or called it a separate game. That being said, you can buy the game for $20 which is a discount for CXL owners. Hit me up if you need to know how.
Here is my tri display setup but it's a more deicated for sim racing then for other gaming. SLI-Pro wheel plate with Chilicoke G25 adapter and extended paddles and a 350mm racing wheel. Obutto rig with tri 23.6" ASUS displays with Nvidia Surround using two old GTX280s SLI'd. Vid cap with a very cheap micro sport cam.
It's a real steering wheel and is pretty rough. Also after many hours I can get blisters on my thumb . The paddel shifters have a pretty rough edge and the gloves helps a lot. Actually I have three pairs, the short SPACRO's, long karting gloves and long OMP F1 gloves (over kill since they are NOMEX ).