Getaway Car

Arcade hardware is an aid to escapism. Just travelling to the arcade makes a ceremony of leaving your life behind – better than just tuning out your bedsit scraps and empties. Climb into a cabinet, climb into a game.

Sega World Drivers Championship is a first-class getaway. Sit the seat and latch the wheel and your deadend dawdling and Saturday slave-away is a different universe.

The hardware’s pro-grade: your job is racing a supertuned rocket, not emptying cranegame coinboxes.

Hands tied to gearchanges, feet glued to pedals, ears wrapped around in headrest speakers, eyes at the track.

SWDC is intense and overwhelming – a great antidote to life.

Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people