Re-imagining the Retro for VR gaming

7 Jan

Pole Position (Namco 1982)

Many racing games developed after the release of the 1982 original is basically an improvement of — or a re-branding. The window dressing can be also be changed to any vehicle. Other games within this genre include Afterburner and Hang-On delivers a different style of experience; the cabinet is designed so players are can feel like they are in an airplace or riding on a motorcycle! Since VR successfully demonstrated the ability for people to feel motion from a roller coaster, to translate that for any style of vehicular chase or race game is easy enough.

In what makes the improvements of later products better is the added depth offered by factoring in real world physics in either the mock up vehicle or within the game so those bumps and sudden plough through the sand can offer. To get down to the basic code which Pole Position offers, a VR version is feasibly possible for mobile devices. It will not be a game to play outside of the home. But inside, at the relative safety of not jostling people beside the player, it’s all good.

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