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Artist Creates A Video Game You Can Actually Drive [Video]

With increasing amounts of digital technology migrating into cars, Dr. Garnet Hertz explores the extreme consequences of digital driving.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on August 5, 2011. @DavePinter

With racing franchises like Gran Turismo and Forza, video game makers are pushing to provide players with as much realism as possible. Dr. Garnet Hertz, a technology artist has created a hybrid driving game which players drive through the real world via a digital course. Hertz combined an old Sega OutRun game cabinet with an electric golf cart. The console game becomes the drivers windshield as they drive through a digital version of their surroundings translated from front facing cameras. While players travel through real space, the view they see on screen is rendered in old school 8-bit graphics.

OutRun [is designed] to de-simulate the driving component of a video game: where game simulations strive to be increasingly realistic (usually focused on graphics), this system pursues ‘real’ driving through the game. Additionally, playing off the game-like experience one can have driving with an automobile navigation system, OutRun explores the consequences of using only a computer model of the world as a navigation tool for driving.

 

[via Designboom]

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