Archive for the ‘Racing’ Category

New Star Grand Prix – It’s time to burn some rubber.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

May14 Okay I’ve got a confession to make.  No, not that kind of confession.  Sheesh, what kind of person do you think I am?!?  Okay what is this big shocking confession I have?  I don’t drive.  Yep that’s it.  I’m 33 years old, and I’ve never actually driven.  I’ve had my driver’s permit when I was a teen, but there was no time usually to teach me driving.  So here I am I live with my Dad, and anywhere that needs drivin’ he does it.  Okay so now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s just say I like racing games.  I’m not usually very good at them, but I enjoy them.  Okay so with that in mind let’s sit back and imagine what it’s like to be behind the wheel of one of these formula 1 jobs, or whatever.  I’m strapped into this tiny cockpit.  If I was claustrophobic I would probably be panic right now, but I’m cool.  Cool in the sense of being okay, but definitely not cool in the sense of body temperature.  In fact I’m burning up.  The fact that it’s an open cockpit gives me no relief as i’m snug in my flame retardant jumpsuit, all wrapped up like a present on Christmas.  Pretty wrapping too as I’m wearing all kinds of patches from various sponsors.  My helmet makes it certain that I can only see what’s directly in front of me, like blinders on a wary horse.  The gloves fitting on my hands like a second skin.  I grip the steering wheel, just waiting to be let go.  The car is humming underneath me.  Suddenly the lights go out, or turn green, or a checkered flag is dropped, pick your poison, all that matters is that it’s go time.  Suddenly I fly out and I can feel the road vibrate underneath me as I’m reaching unheard of speeds.


(xblig) Little Racers – See ya’ later little racer, after while great big tire…

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

May06Remember Super Sprint or Championship Sprint? Super Sprint and it’s successor Championship Sprint, were arcade games released in 1986 by Atari Games.  They were cool racing games that were played on a single screen.  You could have up to 3 players racing at the same time.  After 3 laps the winner advances to the next circuit, with 8 circuits in all.  As the player goes to higher levels, more obstacles keep appearing, such as oil puddles, and little tornados.  If the player crashes into a wall, a helicopter comes and replaces the car.  This makes you lose valuable time needed to win.  You can also upgrade your car at the end of each race, by picking up little golden wrenches.  This was the most fun, picking up the wrench before your opponent got it.  I used think the graphics were really high resolution back in the day, don’t know if that was the case, but it seemed so to me.  Championship Sprint, loses one of the drivers, and does different tracks, although the game is pretty much identical.  In any case this was one of the really fun games (and towards my last days at the nickel arcade were actually freeplay).  So it’s with much anticipation that I play Little Racers by Milkstone Studios, that looks like it could fill in the hole that not playing those old arcade games left.