I Drove My Childhood Favorite Racing Game In Real Life

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  • Published on: 08 April 2019
  • When I was a kid, I played the demo version of Need for Speed II a lot. Just the demo: it came free on a CD with a monthly computer magazine. Every detail of that one demo track was stored in my head, long-dormant... until I ended up in Vancouver, and memories started surfacing in very odd ways.

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Sophiie
    Sophiie   2 days ago

    Isn't it favourite childhood racing game? Just watched your ordering video

  • Elizabeth Cooke
    Elizabeth Cooke   1 weeks ago

    I had the same experience with a different game demo that came free with something...can't even remember the name of it, but it was racing game with snowmobiles.

  • Harry Turnbull
    Harry Turnbull   1 weeks ago

    came here for Tom, left with adesire for meaningful immersionand some sweet NFSII nostalgia

  • clive lambert
    clive lambert   2 weeks ago

    so sweet and cool i loved this tommy boy <3 you made my heart melt abit

  • Shreyas Bharadwaj
    Shreyas Bharadwaj   2 weeks ago

    I had the exact same feel when I drop through the tunnels on CA1 Coastal highway a few years ago. The real feel of nostalgia is better when you it comes unexpectedly.

  • rwdplz1
    rwdplz1   2 weeks ago

    *sniff* I thought I was the only one!

  • Fiji Fi
    Fiji Fi   2 weeks ago

    Gran Turismo - Seattle

  • Doddo
    Doddo   2 weeks ago

    Did you use the "pioneer" cheat code?

  • Nathan Gamble
    Nathan Gamble   2 weeks ago

    I'd love to see the where the cote d'azur map in NFS Porsche is.

  • Nico Villar
    Nico Villar   2 weeks ago

    "So, make nice things. Try to give people something they'll be nostalgic about, not something they'll flash back to. You never know what impressions you might be making for the future."Thank you so much, Tom Scott, for letting me hear this. It's life changing and means a whole lot to me, as an artist and someone who is still developing social skills from years of withdrawal. Truly a good day to you! (✿◠‿◠)

  • Andrew Clarke
    Andrew Clarke   3 weeks ago

    For the true Vancouver experience, do it in a Lamborghini with an N sticker on it (newly licensed driver). For more pop culture nostalgia about our fair city, check out the video for "what's so funny bout peace love and understanding" .

  • speeedskater
    speeedskater   3 weeks ago

    new years day we would hold a lan party, NFS2 se and panzer command were our two top games, 8 computers at once was mind blowing at the time, cool that the places are real, thanks for sharing

  • MLG Gaming
    MLG Gaming   3 weeks ago

    Wait... so I live on a race track???

  • John Rose
    John Rose   3 weeks ago

    The exact opposite experience of living in Edinburgh then driving around it in the London Taxi (?) game which had all the landmarks but all in the wrong places!

  • agentro
    agentro   3 weeks ago

    And a teardrop fell...! Were I in Vancouver, I'd rebuild that track with tons of details for a modern racing arcade :)

  • Ryan Pruske
    Ryan Pruske   3 weeks ago

    I had no idea. I now want to visit Vancouver and get coffee

  • Daniel Dionne
    Daniel Dionne   3 weeks ago

    Imagine people now living in L.A, playing GTA

  • Ernest Bywater
    Ernest Bywater   3 weeks ago

    As an independent author I really relate to the sentiment in this, Tom. I'm constantly surprised by the people who email me about my stories.

  • Petuk
    Petuk   3 weeks ago

    this video is so close to my heart. No i have never been to Canada but I can understand the emotion in it.

  • pp wrecker
    pp wrecker   3 weeks ago

    Imagine playing NFS2 and driving wrecklessly.

  • Gnorts Mr Alien
    Gnorts Mr Alien   4 weeks ago

    Disappointed you didn't smash into an actual purple Lambo at 100 kph.

  • John w
    John w   4 weeks ago

    Is the lighthouse still active?

  • PooPipeBoy
    PooPipeBoy   4 weeks ago

    Games don't need Nvidia Ray Tracing to be cool.

  • kjh311
    kjh311   1 months ago

    I get to drive the real GTA5 city every day

  • Neil Bartlett
    Neil Bartlett   1 months ago

    Next do Outrun! Just need a Ferrari Testarossa and a blonde girlfriend...

  • Paul Graham
    Paul Graham   1 months ago

    I lived in Edinburgh a year after Project Gotham 2 came out, spent most of my time just walking all the different routes in the game, good times.

  • Uffe Erup Larsen
    Uffe Erup Larsen   1 months ago

    Seriously, you make some of the best content on YouTube. I'm a huge fan of the way you dive into and tell about many different subjects. Thank you. 👌😊🏆

  • R8
    R8   1 months ago

    I thought it was going to be nurburgring, would've been cool it it was though