Arcades have always been great at presenting simulators to the public and when it comes to racing simulators, they really hit the spot. Even at IAAPA this year we saw several simulation style games with movement, multiple or huge screens and more. I used to be able to enjoy these kinds of games to a degree but after developing Meniere’s disease a little while ago, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to try one out again, which stinks but such is life.
Here is a look at a new racing simulator called the Apex SC830 which promises full pitch, yaw and rolling capabilities in a relatively small package. Like many other racing sim setups like this it features three screens (which is another one of those things arcades started doing a long time ago with games like Atari’s TX-1 or the more recent Ferrari F355 Challenge Deluxe by Sega). It appears to work with any PC/console although it doesn’t say it outright but where this was made to train professional racers I imagine that it would have those sort of hookups. If it worked with any console then the first thing I would like to see someone try is Enduro on the Atari 2600 but my hopes aren’t very high that it would work with that. SimCraft, the creators of this machine, will be at CES in January so I imagine that if anyone in the amusement sector is interested in one of these that that is a good place to check it out.