It only took a week, but I finally achieved a single clear in Outrun, perhaps my favorite of the ‘classic’ SEGA library.
This wasn’t my first rodeo, I own and finished ports for both Nintendo 3DS and SEGA CD. What changed things up this time around was that the arcade machine in Yakuza 0 has fixed difficulty settings and it’s pretty brutal.
And when I say it took a week, these were pretty big sessions, an average of three hours every day. The last session when I finally won reached just short of seven hours. For reference, a playthrough from beginning to end only takes about six minutes.
For me, Outrun has always been a therapeutic outlet. Clearing it only took so long because I couldn’t focus, my mind was elsewhere. It’s not only useful for treatment, this is the perfect game for testing mental stability.