I Drove My Childhood Favorite Racing Game In Real Life

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  • Published: 08 April 2019
  • When I was a kid, I played the demo version of Need for Speed II a lot. Just the demo: it came free on a CD with a monthly computer magazine. Every detail of that one demo track was stored in my head, long-dormant... until I ended up in Vancouver, and memories started surfacing in very odd ways.

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  • Black Simon
    Black Simon  1 days back

    A very melancholic video! :)

    • Elizabeth Cooke
      Elizabeth Cooke  4 days back

      I had the same experience with a different game demo that came free with something...can't even remember the name of it, but it was racing game with snowmobiles.

      • Sharon Zhang
        Sharon Zhang  4 days back

        I've been to that totem pole place! Ughh, it's so annoying to know had I gone at a different time, I would have met Tom Scott!

        • Harry Turnbull
          Harry Turnbull  2 weeks back

          came here for Tom, left with a
          desire for meaningful immersion




          and some sweet NFSII nostalgia

          • clive lambert
            clive lambert  2 weeks back

            so sweet and cool i loved this tommy boy <3 you made my heart melt abit

            • Shreyas Bharadwaj
              Shreyas Bharadwaj  2 weeks back

              I had the exact same feel when I drop through the tunnels on CA1 Coastal highway a few years ago. The real feel of nostalgia is better when you it comes unexpectedly.

              • rwdplz1
                rwdplz1  2 weeks back

                **sniff** I thought I was the only one!

                • Fiji Fi
                  Fiji Fi  2 weeks back

                  Gran Turismo - Seattle

                  • Doddo
                    Doddo  2 weeks back

                    Did you use the "pioneer" cheat code?

                    • Nathan Gamble
                      Nathan Gamble  2 weeks back

                      I'd love to see the where the cote d'azur map in NFS Porsche is.

                      • Enpä Keksi
                        Enpä Keksi  2 weeks back

                        I know that's self-explanatory (and was probably the point of the comment anyhow). Many of the locales in NFS Porsche are asy to tell where they are. Autobahn, Alps, Normandie etc. However, I've for long wondered where Zone Industrielle is set in. By its name, it is in France, but I don't know any large, heavily industrialized seaside French cities.

                    • Nico Villar
                      Nico Villar  2 weeks back

                      _"So, make nice things. Try to give people something they'll be nostalgic about, not something they'll flash back to. You never know what impressions you might be making for the future."_

                      *Thank you so much, Tom Scott, for letting me hear this. It's life changing and means a whole lot to me, as an artist and someone who is still developing social skills from years of withdrawal. Truly a good day to you! (✿◠‿◠)*

                      • PiaNoONE
                        PiaNoONE  3 weeks back

                        Next up: Rainbow Road

                        • Andrew Clarke
                          Andrew Clarke  3 weeks back

                          For the true Vancouver experience, do it in a Lamborghini with an N sticker on it (newly licensed driver). For more pop culture nostalgia about our fair city, check out the video for "what's so funny bout peace love and understanding" .

                          • ryan sanders
                            ryan sanders  3 weeks back

                            okay who is gonna loan him their GT?

                            • speeedskater
                              speeedskater  3 weeks back

                              new years day we would hold a lan party, NFS2 se and panzer command were our two top games, 8 computers at once was mind blowing at the time, cool that the places are real, thanks for sharing

                              • The Editor AMVs
                                The Editor AMVs  3 weeks back

                                "Make nice things." Top tips 2019

                                • The Editor AMVs
                                  The Editor AMVs  3 weeks back

                                  What, I had no idea...

                                  • MLG Gaming
                                    MLG Gaming  3 weeks back

                                    Wait... so I live on a race track???

                                    • Zuxlshl
                                      Zuxlshl  3 weeks back

                                      *you live in a video game*

                                  • John Rose
                                    John Rose  3 weeks back

                                    The exact opposite experience of living in Edinburgh then driving around it in the London Taxi (?) game which had all the landmarks but all in the wrong places!

                                    • agentro
                                      agentro  3 weeks back

                                      And a teardrop fell...! Were I in Vancouver, I'd rebuild that track with tons of details for a modern racing arcade :)

                                      • Ryan Pruske
                                        Ryan Pruske  3 weeks back

                                        I had no idea. I now want to visit Vancouver and get coffee

                                        • Daniel Dionne
                                          Daniel Dionne  3 weeks back

                                          Imagine people now living in L.A, playing GTA

                                          • Ernest Bywater
                                            Ernest Bywater  3 weeks back

                                            As an independent author I really relate to the sentiment in this, Tom. I'm constantly surprised by the people who email me about my stories.

                                            • Petuk
                                              Petuk  3 weeks back

                                              this video is so close to my heart. No i have never been to Canada but I can understand the emotion in it.

                                              • pp wrecker
                                                pp wrecker  4 weeks back

                                                Imagine playing NFS2 and driving wrecklessly.

                                                • CanadianCCP
                                                  CanadianCCP  4 weeks back

                                                  What an awful city.

                                                  • Gnorts Mr Alien
                                                    Gnorts Mr Alien  4 weeks back

                                                    Disappointed you didn't smash into an actual purple Lambo at 100 kph.

                                                    • John w
                                                      John w  4 weeks back

                                                      Is the lighthouse still active?

                                                      • PooPipeBoy
                                                        PooPipeBoy  4 weeks back

                                                        Games don't need Nvidia Ray Tracing to be cool.

                                                      • kjh311
                                                        kjh311  4 weeks back

                                                        I get to drive the real GTA5 city every day

                                                        • Aadhil Rizwan
                                                          Aadhil Rizwan  4 weeks back

                                                          FZR 2000

                                                          • laurie childs
                                                            laurie childs  4 weeks back

                                                            Loved this particular video...thanks Tom

                                                            • Windsor & Epstein Babysitting Services

                                                              Make nice things. Good message.

                                                              • CarsAddiction.com
                                                                CarsAddiction.com  4 weeks back

                                                                NFS II was epic, soundtrack and the amazing intro videos.

                                                                • infinite cats
                                                                  infinite cats  4 weeks back

                                                                  Now all you need is a ford gt90.

                                                                  • Neil Bartlett
                                                                    Neil Bartlett  4 weeks back

                                                                    Next do Outrun! Just need a Ferrari Testarossa and a blonde girlfriend...

                                                                    • Paul Graham
                                                                      Paul Graham  4 weeks back

                                                                      I lived in Edinburgh a year after Project Gotham 2 came out, spent most of my time just walking all the different routes in the game, good times.

                                                                      • Uffe Erup Larsen
                                                                        Uffe Erup Larsen  4 weeks back

                                                                        Seriously, you make some of the best content on YouTube. I'm a huge fan of the way you dive into and tell about many different subjects. Thank you. 👌😊🏆

                                                                        • R8
                                                                          R8  4 weeks back

                                                                          I thought it was going to be nurburgring, would've been cool it it was though

                                                                          • Get me 169 subs and I will reveal something

                                                                            Now this is wholesome. Thanks Tom

                                                                            • Bluetrainer91 FireBlast

                                                                              that was kinda kool achully

                                                                              • TRC Exotic
                                                                                TRC Exotic  4 weeks back

                                                                                my family live just down the raod from that light house

                                                                                • V N
                                                                                  V N  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Same for me: I knew several parts of London and San Francisco way before I went there, thanks to Midtown Madness 2. I didn't thpugt about it since then again, but it was a great feeling!

                                                                                  • Jorge Andrés
                                                                                    Jorge Andrés  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Why am I crying over a Tom Scott video

                                                                                    • Meepy
                                                                                      Meepy  1 months back

                                                                                      The thumbnail though

                                                                                      • Phoenix C
                                                                                        Phoenix C  1 months back

                                                                                        You were close but that's a Ford gt90 concept, from 1995 :)

                                                                                        • theoriginaltoadnz
                                                                                          theoriginaltoadnz  1 months back

                                                                                          Haha i see the lamborghini cala racing in that nfs clip. It was never put into production. The gallardo looked better anyhow and had a v10 just like the Cala. Toyota i think nicked some design ideas but totally tamed it for the year 2000 model Celica.

                                                                                          • Jordan Burch
                                                                                            Jordan Burch  1 months back

                                                                                            This video made me very happy.