V.R. - Virtua Racing

Arcade Video game published 28 years ago by SEGA Enterprises

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V.R. - Virtua Racing © 1992 Sega.

Sega once again prove themselves to be kings of the racing genre with the superb and innovative "Virtua Racing". This was the first racing game to be fully rendered with shaded, filled polygon graphics (the first game to ever be rendered in filled polygons was Atari's incredible 1983 release, "I, Robot").

As well as the sublime graphics and superb playability, Virtua Racing also allowed players to switch camera views to suit their preferred style of play. The game features 3 well designed and varied courses; 'Big Forest', 'Bay Bridge' and 'Acropolis'.
Runs on the Sega "Model 1" hardware.

Players: 2
Control: paddle
Buttons: 6
Virtua Racing was released in October 1992 in Japan.

Sega went to General Electric Aerospace (who made the first 3-D simulators for NASA in the 1960s) in 1991-92 for assistance to develop a CG platform architecture for their new experimental 3-D system, which later became known as the Sega Model 1 hardware. Virtua Racer was the game being written to find out how viable hardware 3-D games were, it was never designed to be released, but it was such a success internally they decided to actually release it.

The first AM-2 polygon race game. The game features many epoch-making ideas : changing the point of view freely, feeling the hardness of the steering, the seat interacting with the gravity.

In true Sega fashion, their 'Virtua' prefix was used on a variety of other products such as "Virtua Fighter", "Virtua Cop", "Virtua Striker" and "Virtua Tennis".

Toshiba EMI released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Virtua Racing & Out Runners - TYCY-5365, 5366) on 15/12/1993.

Michael Jackson used to own this game (Wide Vision model, serial number: 00461579). It was sold at the official Michael Jackson Auction on Apr. 24th, 2009.
Director, Chief Programmer : Yu Suzuki
Programmers : Takuji Masuda, Masahiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Kawamura, Kazuhiko Yamada, Shin Kimura
Chief Designer : Toshihiro Nagoshi
Designers : Seiichi Ishii, Kunihiko Nakata, Toshiya Inoue
Music Composer : Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Sound Effect : Yasuhiro Takagi
Hardware Designers : Shoji Nishikawa, Keisuke Yasui
Mechanical Effect Technician : Masaki Matsuno
Electrical Technician : Futoshi Ito
Program Supports : Ikuo Taniguchi, Yasuhito Shoji, Satoshi Hosoda
'Fresh' Staffs : Kohki Koiwa, Takeshi Suzuki, Toru Ikebuchi, Yasuo Kawagoshi, Yasuko Suzuki, Nobukatsu Hiranoya, Naomi Ota
Sega Mega Drive (1994) : The cartridge was huge compared to all others because it included the SVP chip (Sega Virtua Processor).
Sega 32x (1994, "Virtua Racing Deluxe")
Sega Saturn (1995, "Time Warner Interactive's V.R. - Virtua Racing")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8 : V.R. - Virtua Racing Flat Out")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Sega Classics Collection")
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