By Jake WardPosted 08.31.2007 at 12:38 pm1 Comment
I've heard of guys who will drive their families hours out of the way to catch a glimpse of a certain train in motion, who gather with others of their kind for a night of beers and train sounds on the stereo, who talk about superconducting tracks the way I talk about a great steak. But I never knew they were an actual market. For the Bobby Bacala in your life, here's Railfan: Taiwan Takatetsu, a PS3 train sim title (and a sequel, by God) which overlays animated cockpit graphics and readouts atop HD video shot from the nose of real trains. Sounds boring to me, but evidently some dudes will shell out fifty bucks for the experience of piloting a Taiwanese bullet from Taipei to Zuoyong Station. —Jacob Ward
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