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.