Kazunori Yamauchi's masterpiece was much easier to get to grips with and rather easier on the insurance premiums. I rewarded its five-year development process with a near solid year of game time, interrupted only by the very mild guilt of missing lectures.
Of course, in my version the controller looked as though it had been wired into the dashboard by Terry Gilliam, and you sat hunched over it in the driver's seat, thumbs on fire with all the X-button mashing (followed, you'd suspect, by terrified mashing of the square-button).
Nissan's solution, it seems, is rather more elegant. You and the controller stay outside the car, while four robotic arms (or legs?) operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle.
Except it's not you of course, it's been left to the much better qualified Jann Mardenborough - he of GT Academy-winning fame - to put the so-called GT-R/C around Silverstone's national circuit, having been whipped into the air for a better view.
Needless to say, chasing a GT-R around a racing circuit aboard a helicopter at speeds of up to 130mph is all rather cool, and while we'd be dreading the latency times, Jann seems to be enjoying himself right royally.
Next year the car will go onto the rather more worthy job of touring primary and secondary schools to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. But for now, it's laid on purely for your coffee-drinking amusement.