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October 1st, 2013

From The Real World to Arcade Games

Majority of motorsport games is all about cars – from Gran Turismo to Need for Speed. Despite the thrill of igniting the nitros and finishing the course with an excellent time, drivers can’t do the same tricks and stunts that can be done on motorcycles. The maneuverability of the motorcycle combined with its full-throttle speed, when made into an arcade game, can give a thrilling virtual experience for riders (or wannabe riders).

Motorcycles are stereotypically driven by masculine men, but more women are starting to get behind this two-wheeled machine. Based on an article published in Detroit Free Press, “Of 11 million motorcycles in the U.S. in 2009, about 1.5 million were owned by women.” The number of female motorcycle riders increased from 4.3 million (2003) to 5.6 million (2008). So don’t be surprised if you see more women joining the forums of Motorcycle USA and the motorcycle betting forums of Betfair. Riding the popularity of arcade games, the aforementioned betting site released its own Motorsport games including Road Trip and Super Cars. The motorcycle scene in the USA has definitely come a long way – from the Circuit of Americas to the virtual world of This gives motorbike riders more options on how they can get their daily fix of adrenaline rush. If you are in search for the best virtual motorcycle experience, then check out the following games below:

Road Rash

This game is for those who are looking for extra action while riding a motorcycle. I’m not talking about stunts and tricks, but the players can actually hit each other through kicking or using a weapon. Road Rash is not for the tamed players because the race can get really dirty so you need to learn how to defend yourself. Because of its awesome combination of racing and fighting, more sequels of Road Rash were released including Road Rash II, Road Rash 3: Tour de Force, Road Rash 3D, and Road Rash: Jail Break.


Based on an article published at MegaTech, “Lots of races, lots of bikes, and plenty of thrills ‘n’ spills make this the best racer on the Megadrive!”

MotoGP 13

This is the latest addition to the MotoGP game series, which was released by PQube and developed by Milestone. The game features the teams and riders that joined the MotoGP in 2013 as well as the champions from the Moto 2 and Moto 3. There are different modes to choose from including World Championship, Grand Prix, Time Attack, and Career. To make the race look more real, players can hear commentary from well known commentator Gavin Emmett.


According to Game Scouts, “MotoGP 13 is an unquestionably superb racer that’s only held back by technical shortcomings and a lack of depth. If you’re willing to look past the aging visuals and limited Career mode, MotoGP 13 offers some of the most thrilling and engaging GP bike racing out there.”

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