By FrankCanada97 12 Comments
So, today was my birthday and to celebrate, I went out to buy a PSN prepaid $50 card. I drove to my local EB Games and they were sold out. No problem , I'll just go to the next closest one. Turns out they were out as well. Fortunately, there was a Best Buy in the same shopping centre and they had a whole stack of them. So after wasting some amount of gas on an errand that was supposed to take 15 minutes but instead took an hour and a half, I finally got the card. But that's not the worse of the day yet.
I got home, got the $50 into my PSN "wallet" and started buying and downloading the games. I bought the obvious two games for me; Battlefield 1943 and Fat Princess. This left me with $16 or so left. I wanted to go buy Outrun Online Arcade (Sega), but I couldn't find it in the Playstation Store. I was confused because I read that it had come out on PSN and XBLA. A little internet search revealed that it had been released on both PSN and XBLA, but the PSN version was available in Europe only, while the XBLA version was available everywhere. This means that Outrun Online Arcade is exclusive to XBLA in North America. What the hell? Regional exclusivity? Who is responsible for this? But most importantly, WHY?
I was really looking forward to getting this game too, for sentimental reasons. When I was growing up, the only game game I played in the arcades was the original Outrun. Sure, the game came out in 1986, but it was really ahead of its time. It brought alive fantasies of owning a Ferrari and having a beautiful woman sitting next to you as you just drive by breathtaking vistas. I sunk in many quarters into that machine, and for that reason I will always have the song Splash Wave and Passing Breeze etched into my memory. I really wanted to see how Sega approached the 20 year-old gameplay mechanic in this one. Ah well, at least there are other quality PSN games to spend my $16 on. Problem is, I can't identify them.
Yay Nostalgia! Best Game soundtrack of the 80's I say.