At my local arcade, there is an game cabinet that looks like a Formula One race car and has special motors and gyros that lets people have what they call a close to real experience at driving one of these cars. I can’t real tell if it’s like the real thing or not, because I’ve never been in a real car, but it certainly feels real. It has some great sounds and vibrations, and it moves around when you move the steering wheel and hit the gas. I consider it to be one of the best inventions in modern video games.
I remember when the game was first put into the local arcade. I went there with my friends to hang out like we always do, and we saw the giant machine just sitting there in place of one of the older games that no one played. I was worried that some of the other games would start being replaced with newer ones, especially my favorite games. The new machine caused quite a crowd to gather around it. People were lining up to put their credits in and try the machine. My curiosity got the best of me and I got in line too.
When it was my turn to try the game, I hopped into the driver’s seat, buckled myself into it, and started up the car. It roared and moved and I felt like I was riding on some kind of wild beast. Even though I was just sitting in a booth that wouldn’t go anywhere, it felt like I was actually driving down a real race track. Every time I hit something in the car, I felt a bump and it felt so real. I didn’t want the experience to end, but eventually it did and I had to get out of the car. I got back in line to experience it all over again.