If you went to an arcade in the 1990s, you might have been lucky enough to see the Sega R360 in action. It was an utterly bonkers machine that was capable of turning the player fully upside down, more like a theme park ride than a game, and it reflected Sega at the height of its powers. It was just one of the remarkable, extravagant arcade machines that appeared in the early 1990s, at a time when 3D graphics were first becoming feasible, and every new arcade game promised something that had never been seen before.
But what happened to the R360? Only a limited number of machines were ever made, and they’ve slowly been disappearing from arcades over the past few decades. I was curious to find out where the few remaining R360s have ended up, which is why I got in touch with Kevin Keinert, who has becoming something of a specialist at restoring these unique machines. It was fascinating to hear about his work – and you can read about what I discovered in this feature for Time Extension:
Did you play on the R360 back in the 1990s? Tell us about it in the comments!