This is the potted history of console-based racing sims over the last forty years, and it’s certain to get many MotorPunks of a certain age screaming at their monitors in the next few minutes “I had one of those!” However, our younger readers probably won’t believe that we chaps actually wasted our teenage years with this low-res rubbish.

Now if you plopped an original 1976 mk1 GTI next to the latest mk7 Golf you would clearly see some huge technological leaps, but in comparison to computer driving sims the rate of evolution is absolutely mind blowing. For me the 1987 OutRun rehash for the Commadore 64 provided the soundtrack to my youth (who can forget the funky jazz fusion of Passing Breeze, Splash Wave or Magical Sound Shower?), but what do you think was the most significant computer game of this forty-year old genre? Leave a comment below.

Game over.

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