Colin McRae (my Playstation thumbs are mourning)

Colin McRae (my Playstation thumbs are mourning)

UK rally drivers/co-drivers haven’t had a good time of it in the past three years. First it was Richard Burns. Then Michael Park (Markko Martin’s co-driver), now McRae. The multitude of tributes in the world’s media focus on his raw talent, which was obvious, and the fact that he died flying a helicopter. To me, his death reminds me of the hours I spent clocking Colin McRae Rally 1 and 2 on Playstation. CMR1 is also a game that has made me car sick before (I was playing it on a huge projector).

When you play a rally game, crashing (while disappointing) is not life threatening. Drivers like McRae live with the real dangers of high speed impact every day they race; where the coordination of all their limbs, not just their thumbs, is the key to winning. Legends are made in the minds of those who can appreciate why. This man who gave his name to a defining motoring title on the Playstation will be remembered by me for the great times I had steering a pixellated Subaru down virtual gravel roads. Raise two Playstation thumbs in awe.

UK rally drivers/co-drivers haven’t had a good time of it in the past three years. First it was Richard Burns. Then Michael Park (Markko Martin’s co-driver), now McRae. The multitude of tributes in the world’s media focus on his raw talent, which was obvious, and the fact that he died flying a helicopter. To me, his death reminds me of the hours I spent clocking Colin McRae Rally 1 and 2 on Playstation. CMR1 is also a game that has made me car sick before (I was playing it on a huge projector).

When you play a rally game, crashing (while disappointing) is not life threatening. Drivers like McRae live with the real dangers of high speed impact every day they race; where the coordination of all their limbs, not just their thumbs, is the key to winning. Legends are made in the minds of those who can appreciate why. This man who gave his name to a defining motoring title on the Playstation will be remembered by me for the great times I had steering a pixellated Subaru down virtual gravel roads. Raise two Playstation thumbs in awe.

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