Play Gran Turismo 5, Become a Real Pro Racer

Play Gran Turismo 5, Become a Real Pro Racer

Think you're good at Gran Turismo? Want to risk your life behind the wheel of a real-life race car? Oh boy, do you ever!

You have to assume that there is a wanna-be racer locked inside the heart of almost everyone who plays realistic racing games like Gran Turismo. After all, that sort of game isn't something like Mario Kart; these are games that are made or broken on their authenticity, and you play them for a real-world experience.

But does skill at Gran Turismo equal potential skill in a real-world racing environment?

Sony and Nissan think it could. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that it had teamed up with Nissan North America for GT Academy, a competition that takes Gran Turismo 5 players and turns one of them into a real-life professional race car driver.

Starting December 20, participants will compete in regional GT5 trials online - using only Nissan cars, natch - that narrow the field down to the top 32 contestants. Those 32 will become a crew of 16 finalists invited to a live "national finals event" in March, where their virtual skills will be put to the test in meatspace trials behind the wheel of actual race cars.

The sole winner of the GT Academy will be invited to train in the big leagues - in real life, this time - and will eventually join a pro racing team, where they will get to risk their actual lives in one of the more dangerous professional sports around. But then again, I suppose that's kind of the appeal, isn't it?

While this competition is only open to GT fans in the United States - and if you're one of those interested, you can learn more at the official site - Sony will be taking the competition and releasing it as a reality TV series via PSN and the SPEED TV channel.

"With the upcoming launch of Gran Turismo 5, it's a very exciting time to team with Nissan to announce GT Academy," said Sony's VP of marketing, Scott A. Steinberg. "With the realistic racing experience that only Gran Turismo 5 provides, GT Academy will identify someone who truly has the skills to become a pro race car driver, providing the chance of a lifetime to win the ultimate prize."

Can being a skilled gamer transfer into real-life abilities? It's an interesting question, and one we may see the answer to in Sony's GT Academy. It's an interesting experiment if nothing else.

Gran Turismo 5 is scheduled to finally hit shelves on November 24th after numerous, numerous delays.

(PS Blog)

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I'm pretty good at Freelancer, hello Nasa? :p

And Canada gets the shaft again...

First for Forza 2 and 3 competitions, and now this. Awesome!

Eh?

Well, GT and other Racing Sim games are good potential for theory, something like... a simulator!

But really, I think this is pure bs, it's like saying that Guitar Hero will make you an expert playing a real guitar.

What? America of all places? I don't get it? I know its great PR, but what about Japan? Thats where the money is for GT5, unless they want westerners to get into this, unlike Burnout and Split/Second. Though it will be highly amusing to see ignorant teens drive cars that cost more than a house. I wonder what the insurance premium looks like?

Top Gear already did this.

The answer is no.

in b4 call of duty competition.

I know nothing of cars so not a clue if this would work or not, but I do know that it would fail horribly with Skate.

John Funk:
"With the realistic racing experience that only Gran Turismo 5 provides

u mad Sony? Real life driving doesn't have frame rate drops.

This is pretty retarded. Gran Turismo isn't a simulator, it's car porn, plain and simple. Yes, it has some degree of realism, but without proper tyre deformation, then it isn't a sim.

mjc0961:

John Funk:
"With the realistic racing experience that only Gran Turismo 5 provides

u mad Sony? Real life driving doesn't have frame rate drops.

Alright mate, you make a game as detailed as GT5 and not have frame rate issues. I'll give you 4 years to make it. Please I want to see what skills you have over a game studio

killamanhunter:

mjc0961:

John Funk:
"With the realistic racing experience that only Gran Turismo 5 provides

u mad Sony? Real life driving doesn't have frame rate drops.

Alright mate, you make a game as detailed as GT5 and not have frame rate issues. I'll give you 4 years to make it. Please I want to see what skills you have over a game studio

I have a saying that I like to use, it goes: you don't need to know how to bake to know that a cake tastes like shit.
Take from that what you will.

armageddon74400:

killamanhunter:

mjc0961:
u mad Sony? Real life driving doesn't have frame rate drops.

Alright mate, you make a game as detailed as GT5 and not have frame rate issues. I'll give you 4 years to make it. Please I want to see what skills you have over a game studio

I have a saying that I like to use, it goes: you don't need to know how to bake to know that a cake tastes like shit.
Take from that what you will.

True, but if you know you don't like the cake, don't bad mouth the cake to upset the people that do like it.

Risk my life behind the wheel of a real-life race car?
That sounds immature and stupid ...
I am going to sign up now.

I remember something similar happening with the original Forza. They took a professional driver and an amateur and they both raced in game, then on the real track and they posted almost identical times. Quite interesting actually.

acer840:

armageddon74400:

killamanhunter:

Alright mate, you make a game as detailed as GT5 and not have frame rate issues. I'll give you 4 years to make it. Please I want to see what skills you have over a game studio

I have a saying that I like to use, it goes: you don't need to know how to bake to know that a cake tastes like shit.
Take from that what you will.

True, but if you know you don't like the cake, don't bad mouth the cake to upset the people that do like it.

Fair enough, I wasn't trying to flame or anything (I didn't even say anything about it). I just get so annoyed whenever I see someone using the "well let's see you do better" argument.

armageddon74400:

acer840:

armageddon74400:

I have a saying that I like to use, it goes: you don't need to know how to bake to know that a cake tastes like shit.
Take from that what you will.

True, but if you know you don't like the cake, don't bad mouth the cake to upset the people that do like it.

Fair enough, I wasn't trying to flame or anything (I didn't even say anything about it). I just get so annoyed whenever I see someone using the "well let's see you do better" argument.

I didn't even notice that it wasn't you originally talking about the frame rates. I know you weren't flaming, and the cook/cake motto was fair enough, and people shouldn't hide behind the motto "let see you do better" to a certain degree. But it does annoy me, people who obviously don't like something out of personal preference, and bad mouth it to make the people who enjoy these games feel bad. Anyway, off to enjoy Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

*Jumps off the roof, into a conveniently placed hay stack and runs off into the distance*

acer840:

armageddon74400:

acer840:

True, but if you know you don't like the cake, don't bad mouth the cake to upset the people that do like it.

Fair enough, I wasn't trying to flame or anything (I didn't even say anything about it). I just get so annoyed whenever I see someone using the "well let's see you do better" argument.

I didn't even notice that it wasn't you originally talking about the frame rates. I know you weren't flaming, and the cook/cake motto was fair enough, and people shouldn't hide behind the motto "let see you do better" to a certain degree. But it does annoy me, people who obviously don't like something out of personal preference, and bad mouth it to make the people who enjoy these games feel bad. Anyway, off to enjoy Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

*Jumps off the roof, into a conveniently placed hay stack and runs off into the distance*

ASSASSIN!
*Runs after you for a minute then gives up and goes to take a piss*

 

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