As reported in RePlay, “Your next charging session is going to be SO MUCH FUN” electric car manufacturer Tesla wrote in the description of a YouTube video it published June 18. That’s because a game from Vector Unit, Beach Buggy Racing 2, has begun rolling out to Tesla cars.

“That may sound wildly unsafe at first, but don’t fret – the touchscreen-accessible video game (and others that Tesla has or plans to release) – can only be played if the vehicle is in park.

According to Tech Crunch, “Other games that have been released include Atari’s Missile Command and Asteroids. The company has also created what it calls the “toybox,” an easy-to-find location on the display where all of the games are located.

The nucleus of the multimedia system is the 17-inch tablet, with a behemoth 1920 x 1200 resolution LCD display. It runs on Linux, with Tesla custom software and apps built on top of it, and it’s powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor

What this could mean? I figured that Tesla drivers would be using this huge tablet to check emails and watch movies while they are at the charging stations. Now Tesla is making arcade video games available and they have already gone with the classics Asteroids and Missile Command. All I can say is our industry needs to find a way to get these Tesla owners out of their great cars and into the real arcades.  Maybe e-Sport competitions with an entry category for Tesla owners? 

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