(Photo credit: Dick Kettlewell of the Rapid City Journal)
I came across this new article today detailing the opening of a new arcade in Rapid City South Dakota USA that discusses a family switching from a retail cell phone business to an arcade. It will be an FEC (called the Heartland Arcade) but it sounds like it will be pretty good and will include pool tables, 70 arcade games, a food court, a NASCAR memoriblia store and on top of it all, a NASCAR simulator that features 4 NASCAR vehicles that are 80% the size of the real thing hooked up to a game that is apparently different than the one released by GlobalVR. It sounds like a “NASCAR Special”, somewhat similar to Sega’s special games that feature a large cabinet (this sounds like Outrun 2 Super Deluxe). It appears that they have these at The Mall of America and a few other venues (about 10 thanks to The Stinger Report for that info). Here’s the details of the game from the news article:
From behind the wheel, you have a 135-degree view of the racetrack projected onto three screens. You also have a gear shifter, gas pedal, brake pedal and a small monitor.
Each of the four cars is mounted on a hydraulic system, so when another virtual driver bumps your car, it shakes and shudders as if it were really hit.
It sounds pretty cool and if any of you get a chance to drop by there when it opened, let us know about it.