You'll never ride a lightcycle, or compete on the Game Grid. But the most dazzling "light paintings" use slow shutter speeds and other tricks to create light trails, giving the illusion that the real world has become a luminous virtual space. Here are the greatest light paintings of the past and present.

The amusement park on Coney Island, by Andreas Feininger, 1949

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A grounding Sikorsky Helicopter, photos by Andreas Feininger, 1949

Light paintings of Pablo Picasso, 1949, photos by Gjon Mili

Works of Eric Staller, between 1976 and 1980

Light Water, 2009

Angel, 2009

A light portrait, 2010

Light Men Fighting, 2010

Guards of Time in Festival of Lights, Berlin, 2011

LED Light Wheels, 2011

An orb and domes on the bank of the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, 2012

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Tunnel, 2013

Galactic Visitor, 2013

Spheres by Heinz-Jörg Wurzbacher, 2013

Wormhole, 2013

SOOC Lightpainting by Ian Hobson, 2013

Red Scanner, 2014