Ever Heard of Gran Trak 10 - First Racing Game?

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  1. Warner Williams

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    Long before computers became a common thing and the Internet was not yet invented, existed racing Games. It does sound hard to understand how a sim racing game could exist without a computer. However, they did. Just that they were machines similar to jukeboxes or old-time slot machines.

    Racing games are video games where players participate in a race competition, based on real-world racing leagues or fantastical settings. They range from realistic racing simulations to more fantastical arcade-style games.

    In the 1930s, British amusement arcades began making mechanical racing games based on arcade-driving electromechanical games. They date back to 1900 when the London-based Automatic Sports Company launched Yacht Racer, a mechanical yacht racer


    One of the first such games was Drive-Mobile. The first arcade driving game, Drive-Mobile, became very popular at penny arcades, such as Louis Rabkin's Central Arcade in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    The Cross Country Race game was created by International Mutoscope in 1948 by adding a second drum to Drive-Mobile.

    The first step in racing game history was made on July 24, 1974: Atari released Gran Trak 10, which attempted to present a realistic racing game experience. The idea for a driving video game originated with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell while working at an arcade as a college student.

    Almost five decades later, we enjoy racing games on our mobile phones, consoles, or PCs.
     

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