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Interview With Sony Playstation GT Academy Winner Bryan Heitkotter

Monday October 3rd, 2011 at 1:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

A.M. Performance Nismo 370Z cars 05 and 04 (©) Carmen Lynaugh

Have you ever dreamed of racing wheel-to-wheel against the pros? That dream became a reality for Bryan Heitkotter, winner of the Sony Playstation GT Academy contest of America. Bryan was awarded the opportunity to train and race with real professional race car drivers at the GT Academy driver development program after beating over 58,000 contestants.

After three months of intense training at Silverstone and competing in several events in Europe and the U.S. to earn his international racing license, Bryan was entered in the biggest race of his short career as a pro race car driver – the GRAND AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, co-driving a Nismo 370Z with Ryan Dalziel for A.M. Performance. Nervous and excited at the same time, Bryan proved he could compete alongside with more seasoned drivers by qualifying for the 12th position in a field of 71 cars — less than 8 tenths of a second behind the pole position.

In-between practice sessions and qualifying, I threw some questions at Bryan to learn more about this seasoned gamer turned race car prodigy.

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Gran Turismo 5 Confirmed Release Date

Friday November 12th, 2010 at 1:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

gran turismo 5 logoHell has frozen over. Pigs are flying. Cats are shackin’ up with dogs to make weird cross-species monstrosities. Gran Turismo 5 finally has an official, won’t-be-delayed-again release date. And surprisingly, it’s very very soon. Gran Turismo 5 will release on November 24, 2010.

Following numerous delays, the fifth installment of the award-winning franchise will hit stores just in time for the holiday season. The game will feature more than 1,000 in-game vehicles, including the likes of the Lexus LFA, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce and the McLaren MP4-12C. Tracks include classic favorites such as Autumn Ring, Grand Valley Speedway and Deep Forest Raceway and real-life circuits such as Laguna Seca and the Nürburgring.

Sony’s fifth entry in its flagship racing series includes over one thousand licensed cars that, for the first time in the franchise, will show real-time damage based on the point of impact and rate of speed. Other visual enhancements include smoke from tires, sparks from rollovers, and the gradual accumulation of dirt. The vehicle physics engine introduced in Gran Turismo 5: Prologue has been replaced with a revamped model to offer more realism. Play modes include the GT Career Mode, Championship Races, Arcade Mode, and License Tests, with a progression system that lets you earn credits to further customize your ride(s).

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Gran Turismo 5 Delayed Until Summer 2010

Tuesday December 15th, 2009 at 7:1212 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Gran Turismo 5
The wait continues for Sony’s popular racing series.

Those of you looking to play racing-simulator Gran Turismo 5 are going to have keep their Playstation 3 in the paddock until winter is over. SCEA Associate producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda did not give a firm release date for GT5, but said last week the game will be released sometime in summer 2010.

Polyphony Digital, the developer of GT5, is going to make the long delay a little easier with a special demo that will be released Dec. 17th for Playstation Network. The demo will feature a time-trial challenge that will let players pilot a stock and tuned version of Nissan’s 370z. Sony will give the person with the fastest combined lap times two VIP tickets to Indy 500.

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