Racing sports can trace their roots back to the 1970s when the genre first started taking shape and through the 80s and 90s, the category was honed and pruned into the form it has taken today online. Everyone has heard names like NFS or Crazy Taxi, but what is it about these games that make them so popular and addictive? One reason could be that they put you in a place which you just can’t go in your everyday life – in the driving seat of a car going at 200 mph. It is the joy of any adventurous kid or teenager to get behind the wheel of a super fast car and drive like they had never driven before. That adrenaline rush is one of the most memorable childhood memories for many adults.
But the days of plain and simple racing are almost at an end. Some racing sports like NFS have become flagships for the future of racing games. It has diversified so that not only are you racing as a race car driver, but you can also race a criminal or a policeman or a fugitive or an undercover agent! Really advanced racing games come equipped with a story line which makes playing the game that much more interesting. Another really popular feature of some racing games is the use of esoteric vehicles like trains or monster trucks. How many times in a year can any average person sit behind the wheel of a monster truck or race down a railway line?
While any kind of racing game is popular, online games have the added advantage of connectivity. You can play with people half way around the globe and sharpen your skills against pros. Racing games are all about hand eye coordination and so they improve your reflexes (next time somebody has a problem with you playing too many racing games you can scare them away with your cat-like reflexes!)
One thing to remember when playing racing games is that the genre is constantly changing and diversifying. Try out new kinds of races and find one that you really like, even cops and robbers games are sometime classified under this category to have you can try a whole lot of different styles of play. Racing is all about the speed and enjoyment of the thrill of racing down a road or railway or racetrack without actually killing anyone. With the thousands of variations available there is sure to be one just right for you.