VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

Late-Night Challenge: Make An 8x8 Pixel Car!

The other day I happened to have an old video game console on, playing a racing game, and the actual little sprite used for the car caught my eye. It was so primitive and basic, but still undeniably a car. All in an 8x8 grid. That's an amazing artistic feat. So let's see if we can give it a shot! » 12/11/14 10:02pm 12/11/14 10:02pm

Datsun Was The First Car Maker To Officially Brand A Video Game

Car companies now routinely license their car's name, look, and characteristics for driving games. Like all clever things, somebody had to do it first, right? So who was this daring, visionary company to first wise up to the value of putting their cars in videogames? It's a name that now is used to sell cheap cars in… » 10/30/14 7:30pm 10/30/14 7:30pm

A Fake Driving Game I Made Up Years Ago Fooled Cracked

I love really early racing videogames. So much so that I even like making up ones that never existed. In fact, a ridiculous ad I made for one driving game that never existed was used in a recent Cracked article about advertising. And, from what I can tell, it was taken as real. This makes me quite happy. » 3/06/14 2:20pm 3/06/14 2:20pm

The Best Cars From Gran Turismo 6

The full list of Gran Turismo 6 cars has been published, confirming that you can drive a freaking Lunar Rover. Which car on the list is your favorite? Start dropping your responses below. » 11/04/13 5:49pm 11/04/13 5:49pm

I Just Played Forza 5 For A Few Minutes And Now I'm Mildly Excited

I just got my hands on a real-live Xbox One and played a pre-release Forza 5 for several minutes. It sure looks impressive, with all the annoying details of real driving — glare, reflections, crap on your car — and there's a whole new physics engine and radically new approaches to AI. But it still felt like Forza. » 6/12/13 2:00pm 6/12/13 2:00pm

At $190,000, GRID 2: Mono Edition Is The World's Most Expensive Game

Unless you just stick to playing Super Nintendo ROMs on your laptop like I do, you know that video gaming isn't a cheap hobby. The system, the games, the peripherals, the downloadable content... it all adds up quickly. Take Grid 2: Mono Edition. It will put you out a whopping $190,000! » 5/24/13 8:55pm 5/24/13 8:55pm

Grid 2's Multiplayer Mode Is An Intensely Social Race Experience

Everything is social these days. If you don't tweet and update your Facebook status every 40 minutes, you are an outcast and a pariah. If you don't Instagram your meals, your friends will pretend not to know you. And if you don't develop a social gaming experience, nobody will buy your latest game. And that's why Grid… » 4/11/13 12:25pm 4/11/13 12:25pm

The First North Korean Racing Game Is A Perfect Metaphor For Their…

My tolerance for bad, primitive racing games is pretty high, as is my love for isolated Communist video games. So when I heard that a North Korean development house called Koryo Group made the first North Korean racing video game, Pyongyang Racer, I was delighted. » 12/20/12 4:20pm 12/20/12 4:20pm

Remote Camera Helicopters Give Races An NES Look

The co-owner of Desert Dingo racing, Jim Graham, sent us this great bit of video of Class 11 (mostly stock VW Beetles) desert racing, shot via a camera mounted on a remote-controlled helicopter. » 11/09/12 9:30am 11/09/12 9:30am

No One Gives A F*ck How Fast You Are In Gran Forzarismo

We're on the precipice of the Forza Horizon launch and what will almost certainly become an obnoxious shitstorm perpetuated by people who wear racing shoes while playing console simulator racing games. They'll complain about the "physics" and how it isn't "real" enough for them. » 10/11/12 3:00pm 10/11/12 3:00pm

This Is The Best Rant About An 8-Bit Racing Game Ever

Remember the very early '90s? It was like the late '80s, but for some reason everyone started thinking about Seattle. Many of us still had our Nintendo Entertainment Systems, and some of us may have been lured into playing the game based on the Tom Cruise NASCARvaganza, Days of Thunder. You know, Top Gun in racecars. » 8/15/12 3:40pm 8/15/12 3:40pm

What If 8-Bit Racing Cars Were Rendered In 3D?

After being at this year's E3 and seeing the new Forza Horizon game, I realized how much I take for granted the fact that modern racing games look pretty much like actual video of racing. From a distance you can't tell. But it wasn't always this way, and some nostalgic, idiotic part of me misses that. » 6/07/12 2:00pm 6/07/12 2:00pm

Forza Horizon Will Let You Drive Like A Dangerous Idiot

I was able to slither into E3 this year, thanks to my friends at IndieCade, and, following all of your unconscious mindbeams, I made straight for the Forza Horizon booth. After waiting in a long, sweaty line I was finally able to try it out firsthand, and, even better, talk to the head of the studio about the game. » 6/06/12 10:30am 6/06/12 10:30am

Meet The Doctor-Engineer Who Basically Invented The Modern Racing Game

Chances are good that if you read yesterday's post about that racing simulator, you're a fan of racing games. And, chances are also good that the racing games you play and love so damn much are first-person — basically, where you're looking out of — or over — the windshield. Let's meet the unsung German engineer who,… » 5/02/12 2:00pm 5/02/12 2:00pm

First 180-Degree Spherical HD Gaming Simulator Costs $18,000

If you have that magic combination of wealth, lots of open space in your home, a non-existent or very understanding partner, and maybe a touch of agoraphobia, today's a great day. Ariel, makers of the skeletal Ariel Atom and simulator maker Motion Simulation have joined forces to produce what is likely the finest… » 5/01/12 1:30pm 5/01/12 1:30pm

Robotics And A Pair Of MG's Bring A Smartphone Racing Game To Life

Using the sim Reckless Racing 2, a red and a silver MG F roadster, and the skills of remote control engineer James Brighton, Sony have shown off their new Xperia phone in a most elaborate way: by allowing people to drive the cars with their phones. » 3/26/12 3:30pm 3/26/12 3:30pm

Red Bull’s Gaming Rig Costs As Much As A Used Car

Red Bull teamed up with gaming rig maker Playseat to make their own Red Bull Racing F1 rig. You can buy it now — as long as you're willing to drop $1,500. You do know that you can buy a real, functional car for that kind of money, don't you? » 2/15/12 9:30am 2/15/12 9:30am

Streetbike Is A Racer That Follows The Law Of Averages

Considering how many gaming apps are published each week in a mobile gaming gold rush that shows no signs of slowing, finding one that is simply average feels almost like a win. Streetbike: Full Blast, the latest excreted onto the iTunes app store, will suffice at a buck. » 1/20/12 9:30am 1/20/12 9:30am

Five-screen racing simulator includes an iPhone for performance stats

Powered by an AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card, Chad Smith's five screen racing simulator looks like it provides almost the same thrills as the military's simulators, without requiring the military's budget. » 12/19/11 9:30am 12/19/11 9:30am