Wandering on foot and exploring an open world could be pretty exhausting, roaming in a vehicle is an excellent alternative and makes a quick trip as you travel from point A to point B.

Automobiles in gaming first made their appearance in racing video games. The earliest game being "Speed Race" by video game designer Tomohiro Nishikado. "The game introduced the use of scrolling graphics, where the sprites moved along a vertical scrolling overhead track, with the race course width becoming wider or narrower as the player's car moves up the road, while the player races against other rival cars, more of which appear as the player's score increases.

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The faster the player's car drives, the more the score increases. the game also featured an early racing wheel controller interface with an accelerator, gear shift,

The game introduced the use of scrolling graphics, where the sprites moved along a vertical scrolling overhead track, with the race course width becoming wider or narrower as the player's car moves up the road, while the player races against other rival cars, more of which appear as the player's score increases. The faster the player's car drives, the more the score increases. the game also featured an early racing wheel controller interface with an accelerator, gear shift, speedometer and tachometer. It could be played in either single-player or alternating two-player, where each player attempts to beat the other's score.

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This was pretty hi-tech in the 1970's and, since then, automobiles have been ever-present in video games not only for race themed titles but also making its way to different genres. Today, we look into some of the coolest cars of gaming.

The Batmobile

An iconic masterpiece. The Batmobile is an ever evolving vehicle, from Adam West's Lincoln Futura to Ben Affleck's tank-ish ride, Bruce Wayne's hot rod continues to pack more muscle than any car on this list. It features smoke and oil dispensers, wheel slasher hubs, a missile rack, tear-gas dispensers, ejection seats, titanium alloy wheels and body panels, reversible jet exhausts and shield platings to name a few. The Batmobile also made an appearance in movies as having the ability to morph into a motorcycle (as if the car was not cool enough), as seen in Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman in "The Dark Knight."

Toyota Trueno

AE 86 is a car known by anime lovers all the way to downright drifting fans. The anime series "Initial D," follows protagonist Takumi Fujiwara and his drifting adventures in Mount Akina.

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Takumi drives a #Toyota Sprinter Trueno, an aging family car which he drives to deliver tofu before sunrise each morning. His father Bunta Fujiwara had been planning to develop his driving skills by making him deliver tofu although Takumi treats driving to be just another errand. His father measures his driving skills by placing water in a cup and checking if there were spills in his car. Takumi's Toyota Sprinter Trueno soon made its way to the gaming world and was made available to several titles in the Gran Turismo series.

Regalia

Also known as the Quartz #Regalia, it is the personal vehicle of Noctis Lucis Caelum in "Final Fantasy XV." The car is described as "a black, four-seat convertible with an interior made of dark leather. Its hubcaps have a chocobo talon motif, and its license plate lights up at night. The plate reads 'Insomnia RHS-113 - The Royal Capital' in reference to the capital of Lucis and Regis Lucis Caelum." An elegant work of art, it resembles the real-world Cadillac Ciel and Maybach Exelero. The car had been recently featured in "Forza Horizon 3" as a downloadable vehicle.

These are just some of gaming's most loved automobiles, powerful, functional and sophisticated. #cars in gaming