Initial D Arcade Game Uses Real Cars

//Initial D Arcade Game Uses Real Cars

Initial D Arcade Game Uses Real Cars

You think you have the ultimate driving videogame setup, don’t ya? The latest Logitech steering wheel bolted up to some two-by-fours and smelly seat removed from the rustbucket which was suppose to become your LeMons racer. Paradise reached.
Predictably, the Japanese are a little more ambitious than that and are doing it right. Yes, they are using real cars and they have thereby really created The Real Driving Simulator. Videos after the jump.

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Pictures of your video-game setup in comments would be most welcome. By the way, am I the only person who is vaguely familiar with the whole Initial D craze? I guess it is a cartoon or a movie? I have never seen it.

By |2011-09-28T13:00:54+00:00September 28th, 2011|In General|29 Comments

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  1. dwegmull September 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I've worked on most of Logitech steering wheels to date (writing their firmwares). My usual "gaming" setup includes an oscilloscope, a remote debugger and the occasional puff of smoke…

    • Kamil_K September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      You shouldn't be smoking at work. 😛
      So wait, we can send complaints and suggestions to you?

      • Black Steelies September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        If complaints and suggestions weren't allowed in website comments.. well that's what they're for right?!

      • pj134 September 29, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

        Yes, he does prefer them to be written on twenties though.

  2. Jeff_Glucker September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I am reviewing the new Fanatec CSR setup all this month… I was excited about it, until I saw this post.

    • Kamil_K September 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Can we has one for, uhmm, "review" too?

  3. Tomsk September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I'm going to be building a gaming rig based around an old Scheel bucket and an a Fanatec Porsche GT2 wheel, shifter and pedal bundle I purchased in about January (yeah, other stuff has come up). I hoped to have it ready in time for the release of Forza 4, but that's looking less and less likely.

  4. Syrax September 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I don't think there's a craze. It was successful cause it came before Fast & Furious and for a while it was the only "car thing". I mean, I have the manga, the animes, the movie, the die-casts, the figures, the posters but it's not a craze…

    • Thrashy September 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I've fairly studiously avoided that entire genre of anime, but you can't have even passing contact with the Japanese import tuner scene without seeing some of its influence — the manga and show are largely responsible for the international popularity of drifting and the cult status of the AE86, to mention just a couple of things.

      • Syrax September 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm - Reply

        I always thought they chose the AE86 because it was already cult, not the other way. Polyphony used the Skyline to boost GT sales, it only seems different in the US because there was no Skyline prior to the GT-R. Of course, now they both hype each other.

      • The Professor September 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm - Reply

        I know what Initial D is, and I've see the fansubs for it online, but I've never watched it. Not enough mechas or deathrays.

        • pj134 September 29, 2011 at 6:58 am - Reply

          If you have Netflix the whole thing is available for streaming… I need to watch them.

    • The Professor September 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Do I detect the beginning of a new otaku?

  5. Number_Six September 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Sitting in a mint AE-86 making vroom vroom noises would be like viewing nude pictures of Scarlet Johansen on the Internet – awesome but kind of sad.

  6. mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Neat I was here! It's in the SEGA amusement park on the island in Tokyo that you get to via the rainbow bridge near the Fuji (or was that NHK?) building. My wife took the Subaru and I was in the AE86 (yes!). She did better than me 🙁 So I may be sour about that and I say the best ride was the skateboarding one where you get strapped into this contraption and apply pressure with your feet to do spins at the right time on the half pipe. You get a score and compete against the other riders. She did not get to go on that cause the ride attendants thought her skirt was too short (ha sucker whose the winner now!) I think. Wait no, actually the best thing there were the crepes, a woman made them from scratch on this huge stone circle with this ladle and long knifelike doodad.

  7. yellofury September 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Initial D brought the Hachi Roku Corolla its notoriety to the general anime public. I ve played the non full scale version of this game where you use carboard input cards to store your cars on.
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  8. FЯeeMan September 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Initial D is what you get when your name is Dave.

  9. ZomBee Racer September 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Around '99 I worked with a Malaysian kid who was really into Initial D, something I'd never heard of. He kept talking about it to me because I was the resident gear-head, and finally burned me copies of his DVDs to show me what I was missing.
    Funny thing was, they still had the Japanese audio, but Chinese subtitles, so I was pretty lost. It was great animation, but really just irritated the crap out of me not being able to follow the story.
    As a result of his fascination he ended up buying a Turbocharged second gen RX7 off Craigslist from some Japanese guy going home to Japan. He brought it by my place to look over and to make sure it had no problems. This car was done up just like the Japanese street racers and those depicted in the anime, and was chock full of illegal speed-goodies I had never seen before.
    When we took it for a test drive on an old highway he kept smiling and gushing about how fast his car was.
    Then he let ME drive, heh-heh-heh. I showed him how high a Wankle motor can rev, and what a fully spooled up turbo can do. We took off like Wile E Coyote caught on a JATO rocket, and it even scared the crap out of me. His smile vanished and was replaced by fear in his eyes.
    His only comment when I pulled over:
    "Holy fuck".

    • The Professor September 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      You are a born educator. You just have to remember to not look like you're enjoying yourself.

  10. Maxichamp September 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Quick, somebody lop off the roof of a Testarossa!

  11. alain September 29, 2011 at 1:47 am - Reply

    i'll just leave this here.
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  12. cheapthrills September 29, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Am I really the only one (with no shame that he is) nerdy enough to post my rig?
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    I've since upgraded to the Logitech G27 wheel/pedals/shifter combo, and love it.

    • MrHowser September 29, 2011 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Would you like me to post a picture of my 360 controller next to my TV? Or can you use your imagination?

  13. Mike_the_Dog September 29, 2011 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Several years ago, Subaru had a demo setup at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) consisting of an Impreza rally car with the controls wired into a PS2 running Gran Turismo 4 with a screen just in front of the windshield (it may have been three-display panoramic, which would require three PS2s, I don't exactly recall). It looked awesome, but the line was almost an hour long, so I didn't get to try it.

  14. texlenin September 30, 2011 at 12:40 am - Reply

    I seem to remember a long-ago episode of "Beyond 2000/Beyond Tomorrow" of an Oz
    version of this where you brought & drove your own car- with the engine running on dyno rollers.
    Anybody back me on this, or should I reduce my intake of 'shrooms?

  15. Salocin.TEN July 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Found in the related videos of the second video.
    Inside first hand experience of this "real driving simulator".

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