Running, as in, the sport, does not have a proud history in gaming. Beyond the Power Pad tie-in Stadium Events and the Konami classic Track and Field, the only must-play track title is Bennett Foddy's 2008 QWOP, and good luck going fast in that one.
But running, as an activity, has never been more popular in gaming, largely because of the super-popular endless runner genre. And now the endless runner to end all endless runners—you know, Temple Run 2 has added the runner to end all runners—world's fastest man Usain Bolt—as a playable character.
Once you download the app, which is free, the cocksure real-life superhero costs 99 cents, which is a small price to pay to feel like you are really, really fast. It's only taken three decades, but gaming has finally given a track star his due. Albeit, in a totally bizarre and wonderful context, in which running the 100 meter dash in 9.58 seconds is probably not possible.
Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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