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IGN Retro: Death Race

This weekend, Jason Statham climbs behind the wheel of a machinegun-sporting muscle car built by Al Swearengen -- er, Ian McShane -- in a remake of the low budget Death Race 2000. This cult classic inspired one of the first violent videogames, also called Death Race, in 1976. Developed and released into the arcades by Exidy, Death Race's gruesome mechanics and goals -- run over pedestrians at top speed, leaving behind only tombstones -- inspired protest and one of the first rounds of concern that these newfangled videogames could be truly detrimental to the children of America. And when you take a look at Death Race and see the digital carnage, you can see exactly why so many news broadcasts and public service groups came out so hard against it.

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