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Lewis Hamilton wants to create his own racing games

Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton at the Epson-Mercedes GP Technology Showcase at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He says his favourite games are first-person shooters, such as Call Of Duty, and action games like Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear S
Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton at the Epson-Mercedes GP Technology Showcase at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He says his favourite games are first-person shooters, such as Call Of Duty, and action games like Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

He hints it could be role-play type, with players immersing in life of an F1 driver

Lewis Hamilton the video game industry trailblazer? It could happen.

The Formula One racing ace is considering creating his own racing games in the future. The reason? He feels that the current crop of such games is not up to the mark.

Two-time and reigning Formula One world champion Hamilton was in town last week for the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. The 30-year-old is known for being an avid gamer.

In an interview with The Straits Times last Thursday at the Epson- Mercedes GP Technology Showcase event, he gave a hint of how his games could look like: A virtual world where gamers race not only Formula One cars, but get to make - and experience - the choices Formula One drivers have to make.

Such choices could mean things like "which restaurants to go to, how much you party, how much you want to train".

LOVE FOR GADGETS

I do a lot of running.

So it's great for analysing cardiovascular exercises to see if you're improving.

LEWIS HAMILTON, on using the Epson Runsense GPS watch for his physical training

He said he had been thinking about creating his own video games for some time. He declined to go into details, such as when he would get down to it.

On why he wanted to do so, he said: "You have all these people coming to the Grand Prix. They all wish they can be Formula One drivers. So how do you experience the life of a Formula One driver?"

Asked if it would be a role-playing type of game with racing elements, he nodded, then offered a "maybe".

He started playing games when he was young, on Nintendo - "like any other kid" - before moving to the PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles.

His favourite games are first-person shooters, like Call Of Duty, and action games in the mould of Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid.

"The latest Metal Gear Solid (Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain) game is just awesome," he said.

He revealed that since his last race before Singapore, he had been playing it every night. But he has cut down on his total gaming time. "I don't know if it is a case of: As you grow older, you play less." Still, he is looking forward to playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops III.

He also admitted to buying many gadgets, such as smartphones or 3D systems. He uses the Epson Runsense GPS watch for his physical training.

"I do a lot of running. So it's great for analysing cardiovascular exercises to see if you're improving."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2015, with the headline 'Lewis Hamilton wants to create his own racing games'. Print Edition | Subscribe