Blog Post 1: Internet Arcade

Internet Arcade: Tail to Nose — Great Championship

I played the game Tail to Nose — Great Championship. It is a racing game that allows you to choose one of six racers to play as, as well as one of four races to compete in. After choosing a race, you must finish a practice lap under a certain amount of time. If you cross the finish line in time, you are qualified and enter the race against other racers.

When I started the game, I had no idea what the controls were. I pressed random buttons on my keyboard, and found out that the “5" key was used to enter credits. I was then shown a menu with six racers to pick from, but I didn’t know how to select my racer, and the game selected the first racer for me. The game then transitioned to a menu with four races to pick from, with my racer slowly driving up the screen with the names of the races to the right. I pressed the right arrow key because there were arrows pointing to the right on the left of each race’s name, and the game selected the course directly to the right of my racer, which was the Japan Grand Prix in Suzuka.

I finally made it into the game, but I didn’t know which buttons to press to drive. I first tried the arrow keys, and left and right turned my car left and right, but up and down didn’t move my car forwards or backwards. I then tried WASD which did nothing, and finally tried CTRL and ALT. CTRL moved backwards, and ALT moved forwards.

After figuring out the controls, I started playing, and immediately spun out after trying to drift on the first turn. I kept playing to get a hang of the controls, and timed out just before I reached the finish line.

I then restarted the game, this time picking the World Championship. I was able to qualify for the race, and made it to the final lap in 8th place, but I timed out before crossing the finish line and the game ended with a game over.

Playing this game on an emulator was difficult, mainly because the controls were unintuitive. I believe controlling my car would have been easier on this game’s original hardware. A joystick would be more precise than the left and right arrow keys of a keyboard, and would make the gameplay feel more fluid, in my opinion. Besides this, I was impressed by how smoothly the game ran. I expected it to be choppy because it was an emulation, but it ran as smooth as, if not more smooth than, other modern games.