Driving home to the sounds of Outrun Online Arcade


The other day I hopped in the car to head home from work and had a conundrum – I’d finished catching up on the last round of Retronauts podcasts and wasn’t sure what to listen to on the way home. So before turning the key I took a quick look through my playlist, saw Outrun Online Arcade, and thought, “Why not?”.

Turns out it was a great choice. There’s more than a hint of spring in the air, so I wound down my windows to let some fresh air in and listened to the golden, joyous remixes and original tracks from Outrun Online Arcade (which is basically Outrun 2/2006 but in HD with online play [that nobody plays anymore :(]).

So, inspired by this, I went through my Saturn games over the weekend just passed to add some redbook audio from a few games to the playlist – Daytona USA, Sega Touring Car and Sonic R (with that Richard Jacques magic) made the cut, then to mix it up I added in a few others, including Asuka 120% Limited – Burning Fest. Limited, Virtua Fighter Kids and (don’t laugh!) Keio Yugekitai – Katsugeki Hen.

The latter definitely put a smile on my face on the way in to the office. It reminds me I should fire it up some time soon for another round, it’s such an amazing little gem of a title.

Actually, this whole rant suggests I should do a dedicated post (or perhaps a couple of dedicated posts) on the joys of redbook audio in the 16-bit and 32-bit eras. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some stage!


  • Frank_fjs says:

    Glad to see I’m not alone in this! I really enjoy chip music and always have a few SID tunes stored in my MP3 player.

    You should rip a select few of your favourite tracks to MP3 and upload them for us to download, listen to and enjoy. Actually, on second thoughts, don’t do that, SEGA would most likely issue a cease and desist order! 😛

  • I <3 SID music 🙂 I do need to add some to my playlists.

    If I put together some posts on redbook audio I'd love to have some examples for people to listen to in order to take my comments in the right context, but I might be able to find some gameplay videos demonstrating the music I'd be waffling on about.