3 July 2006, 23:54 by mark hoekstra

probably a new addiction: Outrun 2006

(oh my.. I’m updating this site like there’s no tomorrow! enjoy it while it lasts! ^_^)

It’s very very very seldom I come across a game that I want to play more than, like, twenty minutes or so… In the last couple of years, the only games I played for hours instead of minutes were:

Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto 3 Vice City
Need for Speed Underground
Need for Speed Underground 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Godfather (but there was a reason for that...)

that’s a nice non-gamer approach to linking to game-titles ey? using wikipedia-links instead of those godawful flash-game-publisher-sites… :D

That’s not much of a list, now is it? Well, I’m not much of a gamer I guess… I do like to follow game-culture though and most of the time have something like a previous gen game-setup (I play this on my Media Center, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe with an Athlon XP2800+, 1GB Ram and a Hercules ATi 9700 pro(those were the days!)). I’m not planning to invest in next-gen gaming hardware, simply because I play way too little games for that… Trying to keep it a little bit current is more than enough for me :-)

Any way, I think I found just another game that can go onto that list also…

Outrun 2006 Coast to Coast
and yes! again that’s a wikipedia-link! the official site can be found here

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now wait till I can race this car… it’s a car from my dreamcar-list...
(...euhm…yes I have a list like that…)

I like the fact you hardly have to adapt to the game (or get submerged into it)... it’s simply firing up the game, get your controller (I still have a PS2-dualshock2-controller connected to my Media Center) and play! Just like that!

It’s arcade-gaming at it’s finest imho :-) I like it!

And yes, I’m such an old guy that I did play the original Outrun-cabinet in an Arcade-hall when it was new and current! (but then I was way too young to even be there…(we’re talking 1986 or such… I was 11 years old back then) so it brings back some fiiiiine memories…

Well… at the moment of writing I did play this game for only twenty minutes or so… soooooo… here are some screenshots (it’s quite hard to put a camera on a timer and slide that Ferrari exactly ten seconds later :D ) and I’m off, playing some more!

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weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! *^_^*

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  1. Przemek [PL] @ 4 July 2006, 09:40 :

    I see, you do not idle… This game reminds me The Need For Speed (first release) – I used to play on my Pentium 60 MHz with 16 MB of RAM many years ago. Nowadays sometimes I go old-school and I play Gran Turismo 2 on the best Play Station emulator ever – ‘ePSXe’. And I don’t feel ashamed, though my girlfriend says I’m too old for games. Ha!

  2. Goran @ 5 July 2006, 08:49 :

    Wow this is pretty spooky, I’ve been totally into the PS2 version, and also GTA Liberty City Stories. As a non/ex or childhood gamer I also think part of my fondness for Outrun 2 stems from my love of playing NFS 1 on my 66Mhz i486 DX IBM Aptiva about a dozen years ago.

  3. Tarmas @ 5 July 2006, 21:33 :

    Apart from the original Carmageddon and Road Rash, I was never into racing games. Actually, im not into games at all anymore, thanks to the industry that can’t come up with anything interesting. With the notable excepion of Max Payne, Half Life, RTCW, and THPS2 I can’t find a single new game that would keep me amused me for more than 5 minutes.

    I really miss titles such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, the Monkey Island series. I remember spending countless nights playing these games and even today I fire them up from time to time.

    The only game that I’m really anticipating is Alan Wake. I just hope I won’t be disappointed.

  4. mark @ 5 July 2006, 22:48 :

    >Actually, im not into games at all anymore

    Well, me neither, that’s why I surprised myself actually by liking this game so much, that’s been ages… :-)

    >I really miss titles such as Duke Nukem 3D…

    Yeah, I guess, we still wait for Duke Nukem Forever :D

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