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Outrun – The Only Racing Game That Drives As You Play

Game maker SEGA has come up with a very interesting concept video game. The game is called Outrun and it is basically a prototype video-game car that has been designed by artist-scientist Garnet Hertz. It combines a car shaped arcade cabinet with an electric golf cart and some custom software. It all comes together in a video game system that you can actually drive! Creator Garnet Hertz had this to say:

Outrun [is designed] to de-simulate the driving component of a video game: where game simulations strive to be increasingly realistic (usually focused on graphics), this system pursues ‘real’ driving through the game. Additionally, playing off the game-like experience one can have driving with an automobile navigation system, Outrun explores the consequences of using only a computer model of the world as a navigation tool for driving.

The windshield of the Outrun vehicle has some custom software which can convert the drivers movements in the video game into movement of the car in real life. It also converts the scenes from real life into an 8-bit style race course in which the driver drives the car.