In Tokyo, arcade games use real cars

Gigantic racing simulator for "Initial D" fanatics.

Akihabara News

Imagine that you're strapped down in a full-scale Toyota Trueno, Subaru Impreza WRX or Mazda RX7, sweaty palms glued to the steering wheel. Your eyes are fixated on what's beyond the windshield, desperately trying to "drift" your way through the narrow Japanese countryside roads. Yes, we are referring to the Japanese cult anime Initial D. Now Sega is redefining the arcade gaming experience with its life-sized Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited system.

This giant motion simulator has all three of the aforementioned vehicles lined up in front of a movie projection screen and installed with a moving platform. The level of detail is truly out of this world: real vehicle chassis, authentic racing wheels and even bucket seats. It's a pity that some of the in-car instruments are non-functional, though we doubt it will be a deal-breaker for diehard manga fans. If you're one of them, all you need to do is buy yourself an air ticket to Tokyo and head down to Sega Joypolis in Odaiba.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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    Philip Wong is an A/V, PC, photography and gaming enthusiast. Besides spending countless days and late nights fiddling with his home theater system and watercooled PC, he also hits the roads frequently on his iron horse to sweat it out. Now, who says geeks don't work out?

     

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