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.
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.