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A subcategory of {{Sports Game}}s. You are on a course or given a course to take and your goal is to get from point A to point B as fast as you can, usually before your opponents do. Sometimes you're just the car, and you never even see the driver, sometimes you drive nothing at all.

Most [[http://www.crazycargames.net/racing-games/ racing games]] are {{Driving Game}}s and when it comes to driving they sit on a line between "arcade" and "simulation". Toward the arcade end brakes are nearly unnecessary; toward the simulation end, games like ''GranTurismo'' and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'', where brakes are the only thing saving you from skidding head-on into the wall and cars are as close as can be made to their RealLife analogues. Simulation-style racing games are generally "no contact" affairs, just as in real life. Most NASCAR and FormulaOne games involve driving around a track with set rules of noninterference with your competitors. Most arcade racers are "full contact" racing, where you can bump and shove your opponents into barriers or just simply spin them out.

If the game has real cars in it, the names and likenesses are licensed from the manufacturer(s). Generally, the terms of the license require that the cars be invulnerable unless the developer is willing to pay a much higher price for the license, as auto manufacturers don't want people to think their cars [[TheAllegedCar get damaged easily.]] This just happens to [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop promote the idea that dangerous driving has no consequences]], but hey, at least our car looks good.

Of course, the car drivers themselves are [[InVehicleInvulnerability even less vulnerable and you rarely see them die in a car crash]]. Even games where you are not driving cars can still fall neatly into arcade or simulation, though the further they go towards simulation in this case, the less they will play like a {{driving game}}.

An inordinate number of racing games feature a [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Cheating Bastard]]. See also, RacingMinigame

!!Driving Racers:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/AngryBirdsGo''
* ''VideoGame/ATVOffroadFury''
* ''VideoGame/BattleCars''
* ''VideoGame/BattleGear''
* ''VideoGame/BeetleAdventureRacing''
* ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' (actually an aversion, as there is no racing at all)
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps''
* ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' - at the extreme of full contact, races can be won by demolishing all opponents.
* ''VideoGame/CarsRaceORama''
* ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' (licensed from a brand of toy cars in Japan)
* ''VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally''
** ''VideoGame/{{DiRT}}''
* ''{{Crashday}}''
* ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'', ''CrashNitroKart'' and ''CrashTagTeamRacing'' (spinoffs of ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'')
* ''VideoGame/CroMagRally''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Cruisn}} Cruis'n]]''
* ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA''
* ''VideoGame/DeathRally''
* ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''
* ''VideoGame/DrivingEmotionTypeS'' (Creator/SquareEnix's attempt at making a ''Gran Turismo'' killer)
* ''VideoGame/FZero''
* ''VideoGame/FASTRacingLeague''
* ''VideoGame/FatalRacing'' (known in the US as ''Whiplash'')
* ''VideoGame/{{FlatOut}}''
* ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' (the {{Xbox}} brand's racing game franchise and ''Gran Turismo''[='=]s direct competitor)
* ''VideoGame/{{Fuel}}''
* ''VideoGame/GranTrak10''
* ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' (racing game sales runner-up and the most successful PlayStation franchise ever)
* ''{{G Surfers}}''
* ''VideoGame/GrandPrixLegends''
* ''VideoGame/{{GRiD}}''
* ''GTLegends''
* ''IndyCarRacingII''
* ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage''
* ''VideoGame/JetMoto''
* ''VideoGame/KonamiKrazyRacers''
* ''VideoGame/LEGORacers''
* ''VideoGame/LiveForSpeed''
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' (the most famous go-kart racer)
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart''
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart64''
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash''
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDS''
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart8''
* ''Mega Man Battle and Chase'' (a spinoff of ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'', natch)
* ''VideoGame/MegaRace''
* ''VideoGame/MickeysSpeedwayUSA''
* ''VideoGame/MicroMachines''
* ''VideoGame/MidnightClub''
* ''VideoGame/MidtownMadness''
* ''VideoGame/ModNationRacers''
* ''VideoGame/MotorStorm''
* ''VideoGame/{{MX vs ATV}}''
* ''VideoGame/NeedForMadness''
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' (the [[{{Pun}} pole position]] in racing game sales)
* ''VideoGame/NitronicRush''
* ''VideoGame/PolePosition''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing'' (EnsembleDarkhorse of the genre)
* ''VideoGame/QuantumRedshift''
* ''VideoGame/RacerFreeCarSimulation''
* ''VideoGame/RacingLagoon'' (a SquareEnix hybrid of a RPG and street racing sim)
* ''VideoGame/RadRacer''
* ''RallyTrophy''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{RCPro-Am}} R.C. Pro-Am]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Re-Volt}}''
* ''VideoGame/RFactor''
* ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer''
* ''VideoGame/RichardBurnsRally''
* ''VideoGame/RoadFighter''
* ''VideoGame/RockNRollRacing''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rollcage}}''
* ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush''
* ''VideoGame/SegaRally''
* ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' and ''Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed''
* ''VideoGame/SonicR''
* ''VideoGame/SplitSecond''
* ''Super Sprint'' and ''Championship Sprint''
* ''VideoGame/SuperTuxKart''
* ''VideoGame/TestDrive''
* ''VideoGame/TOCARaceDriver''
* ''VideoGame/{{TORCS}}'' / ''Speed Dreams''
* VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer
* VideoGame/TopGear
* VideoGame/{{Trackmania}}
* ''VideoGame/TreadMarks''
* ''{{VideoGame/Turbo}}''
* ''V-Rally''
* ''ViperRacing''
* ''VirtuaRacing''
* ''VideoGame/WackyWheels''
* ''Manga/WanganMidnightMaximumTune''
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}''
* ''WRC''
[[/index]]

!!Other Racers
[[index]]
* ''[[{{VideoGame/TenEightySnowboarding}} 1080 Snowboarding]]''
* ''Aero Gauge''
* ''{{Banjo|Kazooie}} Pilot''
* ''Chocobo Racing'' (a spinoff of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'')
* ''VideoGame/CoolBoarders''
* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong Barrel Blast''
* ''VideoGame/{{Excite}}''
* ''VideoGame/ExtremeG''
* ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers''
* ''VideoGame/{{H2Overdrive}}''
* ''Heracles Chariot Racing''
* ''VideoGame/HydroThunder''
** ''VideoGame/HydroThunderHurricane''
* ''VideoGame/IggysReckinBalls''
* ''VideoGame/JoeDanger''
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'s Air Ride''
* ''[[VideoGame/ArtStyle Light Trax]]''
* ''VideoGame/ModNationRacers''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers''
* ''Mountain Bike Rally''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDash''
* ''Polaris Snowcross 2001''
* ''VideoGame/RoadRash''
* ''VideoGame/RunningWild''
* ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids''
* ''VideoGame/SonicR''
* ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''
* ''VideoGame/SonicRivalsDuology''
* ''VideoGame/{{SSX}}''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer''
* ''Star Wars Super Bombad Racing''
* ''VideoGame/TrackAndField''
* ''VideoGame/{{Uniracers}}''
* ''VideoGame/WaveRace''
[[/index]]
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