What Started It All – Motor Mania

This is it, my official introduction to racing games. I was probably four or five years old when I first saw my friend playing this game on his shiny new Commodore, and it was memorizing. He would hit buttons on this board full of letters and numbers, and it would control this small car onContinue reading “What Started It All – Motor Mania”

Authentic F1 – Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II

A lot of video game racing fans will remember this title fondly. It was one of the first games to truly capture Formula One into a digital format. For its time, Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II was a very authentic game. There was a 16-race world championship circuit with real the racetracks. It includedContinue reading “Authentic F1 – Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II”

Out Classed: Car and Driver Presents Grand Tour Racing ’98

Car and Driver Presents: Grand Touring Racing ’98 is a title that was way too long and most have probably already forgotten about. Outside of North America it was simply called Total Drivin’, but we got that impossibly long title due to a sponsorship deal agreed upon by Activision and of course Car and DriverContinue reading “Out Classed: Car and Driver Presents Grand Tour Racing ’98”


3, 6, 9, Damn She’s Fine If I hear the intro to Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz’ hit Get Low anywhere, I’m taken back to 2003. Not to a club, not to a concert, but rather to my basement. Sitting in my cushy black recliner, driving the snot out of a highly modifiedContinue reading “NFS Underground – TO THE WINDOW! TO THE WALL!”

Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance

I’ll get back to the Growing Up Gran Turismo series soon, but first I want to take a break and discuss an entirely different kind of racing game – Micro Machines. It’s a game I never actually owned but very close family friends had a copy for their original NES. Every time we visited theirContinue reading “Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two

December 23rd, 1999. I was a first year University student home for Christmas break. Broke as hell, I did what many students did when stuck at home for a month – went back to work at my high school job, trimming produce at a local grocery store. I had an early afternoon shift that day,Continue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One

We had a good system going. A friend of mine up the street had a newly acquired CD burner and I had a modified PlayStation One, capable of playing copied games. As long as I rented the games from our local Blockbuster, he would make us each a copy of the game. One day IContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One”