• Oct 19th 2009 at 1:58PM
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Each year at SEMA, a select group of editors and contributors from the world's largest automotive publications scour the show floor to hand out prizes for the best hot rod, Japanese import, European import, domestic automobile and SUV. But not the overall Best in Show award. That'll be handed out by a video game programmer.
Well, not just any video game programmer. The video game programmer: Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the Gran Turismo racing game franchise. As part of the seventh annual Gran Turismo awards, Yamauchi will hand pick one custom ride at the SEMA show to be rendered by his team of electronic wizards in high-resolution splendor and featured in an upcoming edition of the game. Nominations are being accepted in advance of the November 4 awards ceremony at the Palms, so if you know a ride worthy of Gran Turismo, follow the link for the entry form.

[Source: SEMA]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop all the crap and give us our game. : (

      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news, except that it will take him half a decade to make his choice :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's gonna be featured as the only gas engined vehicle in GT6 which will be released in 2020.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hah. 2020? Isn't that a bit optimistic for GT6? I'd say 2020 for GT5, 2030 for GT6...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not saying I hate GT. I just don't miss it. I wouldn't want to wait and wait and wait.
      I enjoy Forza enough that I don't miss GT.

      For the record, I played through GT3 3 separate times. PHENOMENAL game.

      Nothing realistic about raising engine HP with an oil change, especially with a stock car, though....
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about just releasing the game already...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd agree, but Forza Motorsport 3 is out in 8 days.

        You snooze, Polyphony, you lose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they cant work out the bugs of the game after 5 years of development then Im not so sure you should be investing their time to adding more crap. Fix what you got and put the game out already. At this point I cant believe they're actually going to release it on a current gen console rather than waiting a bit longer seeing as the next gen consoles are too far down the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No ****! What is wrong with Polyphony? How about they worry about getting the game done first and then do all this extra crap when they're ready to promote an "actual" game. I know they want to hype it before its released by doing this kind of stuff but the element of surprise, shock, and awe over how good the game is "going to be" is long past my friends.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree. Example:

        Need for Speed:Shift - one or two years of development and it's riddled with bugs and glitches.

        GT5 - 5 year development time makes for a game with no bugs or glitches.

        Who cares if he travels around the world looking for more cars to include in the game. He's not the only person that works for PD. People continue to work on the game while he's gone...

        *Continues to wait patiently knowing it's going to rock my socks*
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah who really cares about GT5 anymore? it's gonna be 2012 before they get it out to market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, he'll pick the winner, but keep bumping back the date when he will finally decide - then he'll tell the Japanese public first, then us. ; )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems a lot of xbots quickly hijacked this article.

      GT4 was better than Forza

      GT5:P (thats right, a GT demo) was better than Forza 2

      I have a feeling GT5 will be better than Forza 3, just a guess though

      5 months after Forza's release is well worth the wait and by that time Forza 4 will be out so dont waste your money on Forza 3
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow, just....wow.

        I'm just going to assume that was sarcasm and hope your intelligent
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Serge: Being a local track racing enthusiast, with lots of track time under my belt. (and quite competitive at it too) I have played Forza 1 & 2 and didn't find either of them all that exciting, and not much different from PGR. I'd actually prefer the NFS:Shift physics over Forza physics currently, although I haven't played the Forza 3 demo (and won't) so I cannot comment if they have changed for the better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you think any GT game has better physics than Forza 2... then you have never driven a car in your life!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't they done this for the last few GT games? I remember in GT5P they had that old Vette, I think that was a SEMA best in show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm a gt fanboy aren't I? Forza is the perfect game guys, sorry for saying it isn't. The cartoony graphics the handling model of the cars being almost all the same, the lack of realism is superb when comnpared to GT, I just state the facts. It might drive differently from GT but does that mean it's more realistic? No. I didn't state Gt is perfect either, just better than Forza. You compare a game that is Forza 2 with GT4? It came out afterwards. And GT5Prologue was just what it says, a prologue. How about the steering wheel issue? The force feedback is 900 degrees, do you guys have that on xbots? Nah. But the forza engine is so much better isn't it? And you can raise your HP on an oil change, especially if the oil is old, which you never know, in real life cars off the lot could have been sitting there for who knows how long? But since GT3 the series has gotten better and better. GT5 is taking it's time to make sure the things that people here gripe about are changed. It's nice that people like to call others a troll and a tool when they state facts. 900+ cars is twice that of what Forza offers regardless of how many variations there is. For the guy up top that said something about Lambo and Porsche; when you're microsoft and you have licensing from certain car companies it's not easy for someone else to go to the automaker and get a license from them. They tried to get one from Porsche but couldn't. Were lucky they got Ferrari and Lambo, Bugatti McLaren Aston, the list goes on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, almost forgot.

        You're Polyphony. You don't get a pass on "well, we couldn't license that car." You're supposed to be THE authority on car sims, and adapting in car handling, physics, pedal feel, etc...into the game. You had damn well better get ANY car you want into your game...

        Why can't you?

        As to the oil change comment? Sure, sludge liberated from an old, tired engine block and replaced with royal purple will make SOMETHING of a difference on a dyno...But not a brand new car, adding 20, 30HP, man. I don't believe it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let me reply to that, Seth.

        Graphics in Forza are absolutely NOT cartoon like. Go play Auto Modelista if you want cartoon-like graphics. As to the 900 degree wheel, well, you can buy one. The Porsche wheel is a 3 1/2 turns, lock to lock, wheel. For real racing, though, you don't need that much wheel play. Again, F1 wheels, given their proper camber and toe configuration, prove you don't need more than, MAYBE, 270 degrees, lock to lock. The less play on the wheel, the faster the turning ability.

        As to the subject of this article, one that's mostly lost in this argument,
        It should have read:

        "Kaz to choose best of show at SEMA. Will offer vehicle as free DLC for GT5."

        The title prioritizes it as not disk fodder. It's not a must for the game to release. It wasn't the case. The problem is, they're adding, and adding, and adding, and adding...
        The example with Forza 2 was that car packs are available for those who want them. Release the freaking game, already. People are dying to play it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'll wait for GT5 thank you. DOn't care if it comes out in 3 4 or 6 months, I'd rather wait and have a quality game than have him rush it and get a crappy Forza 3 copy. I know GT5 will be a true driving game and be realistic and not some Need For Speed type arcade racer where cars do flips and have pre-rendered damage cosmetic and performance. That's what Forza plays like. Regardless of how close it is with it's car perform to the real life it looks like cartoon and the fake skid marks that leave black lines is totally unrealistic. Vaporware you can call it but I'm still going to be buying it more than likely in march- just in time for my b-day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! Look all the GT haters shows up when Kazunori Yamauchi name shows up anywhere. By hating you are admitting its importance. The article is just about an award that the creator will have a chance to let the gamers enjoy his creation digitally thats all.

      More info can be had at this site about GT and everything relate to it.

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