Ah well, if someone wants to play Outrun 2006 for the PSP online, drop me an email or comment. I'm still learning to drive this thing, though, so if you've played more than an hour you'll probably be doing far better than I.
This does seem to speak to the unearned optimism around the Net creating replacements for legacy (read: geographically clustered) communities.
Want to play Outrun online? Find a nearby buddy and make them log in at the same time. Not unlike Daytona for Saturn, which we played a couple of time before someone's NetLink mysteriously disappeared, or like Nintendo's approach with the Game Boy.
The death of geography has been greatly wacked out.
Just found this from a May GameFAQs user review:
"There is also a lack of players right now (there's a 70/30 chance that there will be no players at any given time, and when there are, there are around 20), but I'm expecting that to change as time wears on."
So even relatively soon after the game launched and there were hardly any players online.
Yeah, there are always people playing the game at the arcades. I've tried setting up my own games to see if there are people out there looking to play multiplayer and giving up because there are no games online. We should start a group where people can schedule multiplayer games, and add friends. There needs to be something to kick-start the OutRun community. It's a great game! People just aren't playing it online.