If it weren't for the risk of horrendous physical mangling, exorbitant cost of equipment and doubtless need to aquire nuclear fuel rods from various dodgy black market sources, real-life Wipeout racing would be brilliant. No-one knows that better than Malte Jemlich, who's put considerable time and effort into making a real-world Wipeout experience than anyone can enjoy, without the need to say an emotional pre-emptive goodbye to all of one's loved ones before each and every race.
Malte took an ordinary, shop-bought radio-controlled car and attached a wireless video camera. He then rigged up an old arcade cabinet to recieve the camera's broadcast through its monitor, and installed a set of RC controls used via the cabinet's accelerator and steering wheel.
Thus the player sits at the cabinet and plays from the screen as they would with any arcade racer, but the difference is that their inputs are actually controlling a real car on a real track.
This is it. This is how we're going to get the likes of Wipeout and F-Zero legally passed as future sports. Scale it all up to stadium level, use drone cars, and make gamers sat at control booths the new world champions. Soon, friends. Soon it will be our time. And in the meantime, Justin can use one of these to pretend that he actually is Sonic.
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