Since Sliced Bread

Continuing an unplanned miniseries of driving games over the last week or so, let’s go back to some legendary 80s racers by early Sega’s famous hotdog, Yu Suzuki.

Since Sliced Bread

Midnight Years

Wangan Midnight is a typically epic Japanese  comicbook streetracing story that ran from 1990 to 2015. Older gamers grew up with it like a sibling. To younger gamers it’s more like a parent – present since before your world existed. Just a fact of life, presumably eternal.

Midnight Years

Label-Crazy Blast

Something I love about Tokyo is the prevalence of handmade signs. It’s totally normal even for high-end department stores to stand staff-constructed cardboard beside the till with laminated announcements and explanations. But this is just silly…

Label-Crazy Blast

How to Ashtray

Japanese arcades are dripping with tar and nicotine. In fact, it’s said that the reason nineties candy cabinets keep going so long is that the plastics have transformed into a super-strengthened resin after decades of suspension in cigarette tar.

How to Ashtray

Sonic Boom, Sonic Bust

Sonic turned up in 1991. Flash, spicing up the playground, giving gangs of tough kids chance to gather round a gritty, grown-up renegade (a blue hedgehog in red trainers).

Sonic Boom, Sonic Bust

Videogame Vérité

Arcade pilgrims to Japan expect Disneyland: a grand culmination of a ceremonial journey. But while the Magic Kingdom gates are marked by fronds of palm, the line between Arcade and notArcade is so fine it disappears.

Videogame Vérité