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Today's video game moment of Zen is brought to you by none other than the game that jeopardized so many of our early educational careers: Pole Position.
This Namco arcade classic features "realistic" explosions, stunning 8-bit graphics, and sound effects that shaped a generation. Modern driving sims like Gran Turismo 5, Forza Motorsport, and Need For Speed simply can't compete, despite all the photorealism, accurate physics models, and force feedback in the world.
Better yet, the player's initials are an anagram for George Herbert Walker Bush's first three initials. Bush was U.S. vice-president at the time of Pole Position's release in 1982. Exactly 25 years later, the F1 "spygate" imbroglio broke out between Ferrari and McLaren during George W. Bush's presidency. Coincidence? Perhaps.