Video: Retracing the Evolution of Racing Video Games

https://www.youtube.com/embed/YwWqgXfPcv0

Racing video games have come a long way since the ’70s. Which ones are your favorite? Any titles missing from this list? And be there for dinner in a minute!

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Dieselboss15
Dieselboss15 New Reader
6/5/20 10:04 a.m.

And be there for dinner in a minute!

aint we all said this lol

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
6/5/20 10:12 a.m.

Over 22 minutes?  Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

Pole Position was the pinnacle.  I set a few high scores back in the day.  Now if I want to drive, I drive.

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
6/5/20 10:29 a.m.

Need For Speed Underground 2 is one of my all time favorite racing games. 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
6/5/20 10:50 a.m.

I think the most complete racing game experience I've ever had comes courtesy of the Forza horizon series, though I spent an improper amount of time on the nfs series circa ps2, mostly most wanted and carbon. They changed the steering sometime during the the PS3/xb360 era and the games have not been enjoyable since then. 

RevRico
RevRico PowerDork
6/5/20 11:03 a.m.
ChrisTropea said:

Need For Speed Underground 2 is one of my all time favorite racing games. 

 I honestly don't even remember the racing I that one, but what I wouldn't do for that level of customisation in a modern racing game. Subs amps screens lights nitrous bottles, then carbon introduced customizable body panels.

I really wish they'd go back to that instead of the arcade like fast n curious style they've adopted

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/5/20 12:20 p.m.

Does anyone else remember seeing that yellow car in Pole Position?

This is what we had.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/5/20 12:22 p.m.

And thank you, Activision, for Dragster, another classic.

 

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
6/5/20 1:38 p.m.

I used to like playing Night Driver at the arcade.

They left off Pitstop 2 which back in the day I thought had really cool graphics on my Commodore 64. The animated pitstops were really cool.

 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/5/20 1:55 p.m.

And be there for dinner in a minute!

Saying this when you're two laps into a ten lap race on the Nürburgring.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
6/5/20 2:29 p.m.

Serious racing games didn't begin until Hard Drivin', Race Drivin', and Stunt Drivin' came out.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/5/20 9:22 p.m.

Anyone remember this classic? They had it at our local Ground Round.

 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
6/5/20 9:42 p.m.
Duke said:

Serious racing games didn't begin until Hard Drivin', Race Drivin', and Stunt Drivin' came out.

 

There's an abandonware version of this game called stunts- it was basically a pc port. It was half remade about 10 years ago as a game called ultimate stunts. It was never finished and last updated I wanna say in 2012, but even the beta version was pretty fun. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/5/20 10:06 p.m.

Prepare to qualify! 

Prepare to qualify!

Boop...Boop...Boop...BOOOO!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/5/20 11:15 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Need more quarters.

Stat!

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/6/20 1:14 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

You needed ALL the quarters when you played Hard Drivin. That game was brutal.

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
6/6/20 8:57 a.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Also the first game I ever remember costing more than a quarter. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
6/6/20 11:44 a.m.

$2.00. 2 berkin bucks-in 1990 money! And one run. Only one. Crash and you're done. Like I said, brutal  

Duke
Duke MegaDork
6/6/20 4:51 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Force feedback - and decent feedback at that - made it worth the money. 
 

The same folks made a ground attack helicopter game called Steel Talons. 

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/6/20 5:44 p.m.

Nascar 95 was the best, and now i'm off to steam to see if they have it

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
6/6/20 9:57 p.m.

Space Race may have been the most phallic racing game ever. In fact are we sure that was automotive racing and not a race to continue and further the spread of an unknown alien species?

 

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