I remember not too long ago when Bill Gates was asked about the motion-sensing controls of the Wii he mentioned that he saw the day when you could do something like pick up a real tennis racket and use that for your controller. Well now you can with a real gold club and golf balls with Sega’s Go Go Golf, a new coin-op golf simulator. (OK before I get too far along, I know that someone else had already has created a golf simulator that uses real clubs and golf balls, I’ll have to find the link – so no, Sega is not the first in this regard but they might be for a coin-operated setting). By using a series of sensors, the game detects the angle and velocity of the ball and translates that into the virtual world that you see on the screen. In addition to standard golf long-driving practice mode, it also features several mini-game modes where the player tries to break different targets using the ball including floating colored panels, colored balloons, bingo and more. Graphically it looks pretty slick and this will obviously appeal to many venues beyond arcades and FECs including gyms and other health clubs, golf shops, etc.
As always we don’t know if this will have an international release but with as popular as golf is worldwide, I’d say that it’s a safe bet to say that we could see this one being made available outside of Japan.