I don’t like driving. I also don’t like driving games. Gran Turismo looks amazing, but it’s just not my bag. However, put a gun on a car, and I’m all over it.
I have fond memories of a trip to Washington and Oregon in 1987, when I was 13. After an agonizing decision, I walked out of a mall (probably Bellis Fair) with a copy of Roadwar 2000. The rest of the trip was torture for me, as I so looked forward to getting home and playing the game on our IBM personal computer (or perhaps its first replacement). I couldn’t remember the name of this game, so it became the subject of an AskMetafilter question.
A year or two later, Albert Kaan and I spent many after-school hours playing the great game Autoduel. This game, in my memory, mostly involved being an armed courier and driving between cities. It was way cool.
I was reminded of my affection for weaponized cars because of this Kotaku interview, which references a new MMPORG called Auto Assault. It looks pretty cool. In my futile attempt to really like an MMPORG, I’m playing Guild Wars at the moment. I may give up on it and try this Auto Assualt when it’s released. A Honda Civic with a gauss cannon beats a seventh level ranger any day.