Racing games, we've all had a go on them. Some of us even sidelined eating or sleeping, jeopardising relations with our families. All for what? That glorious checkered flag at the finish line. Games are getting better day after day. The graphics, the controls, the storyline, they're all being developed towards making the experience feel more real and connected. However, the games we millennials grew up with have a certain charm to them that we refuse to forget. Click on the slides ahead for a trip down memory lane.
Excite Bike: How lovely was this! We still remember that cute noise the tiny 2D motorcycle made. The instrument cluster had a giant temperature gauge, and you could even customise your very own track. Sigh! Those were the days.
Road Fighter: This game was mostly about lane changing. Remember the white car - if you ran into it, you got a fuel fill up. The race track had trucks on it too! But who cares, we drove at speeds over 250 kmph.
Road Rash: The brilliance of this game - you could hit contenders in the face. How cool is that! But, we do not promote such behaviour when actually are on the road.
Mario Kart: This goofy racing game was the one game you could be a princess or a chubby monkey in, or compete one in the adjacent car. We apologise for the pixelated bottle of champagne.
Need for Speed: With more comprehensive race tracks and not just left to right manouvering, Need for Speed came to become one of the most revered gaming franchises ever.
Crazy Taxi: Pick up a customer and race the clock to reach the destination as quickly as possible. You could earn points by doing stunts and for near misses. You do that in real life, and you'll perhaps be fired. In the game, if you didn't make it to the destination in time, the customer would jump out of the taxi and run away without paying.
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