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 “I had one of those!” However, our younger readers probably won’t believe that we chaps actually wasted our teenage years with this 8-Bit rubbish.

Now if you plopped an original 1976 mk1 GTI next to the latest Golf R 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.

About The Author

Darryl can usually be found up to his elbows in some unloved piece of BL detritus when he isn’t snapping and scribbling for various print magazines or producing the book on road tripping or tally-ho adventurers. As an occasional presenter on CBS's Carfection YouTube channel, his other hobbies include vintage Scalextrics, ‘60s Bang & Olufsen and dabbling in grassroots motorsport.

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