• Feb 9, 2011
If you've been feeling slighted by the fact that the top three contenders in Polyphony Digital's GT Academy are cheating curs, don't sweat it. Sony has announced that round two of the Gran Turismo 5 challenge won't count. Instead, everyone who participated in round two will also be able to give it a go in round three. The company says that its already hard at work on a way to prevent gamers from cutting the same corners in the Rome and Madrid circuits that allowed the contentious lap times in the first place.

The news is welcome for anyone who feared that Sony might pull the plug on the competition all together. There is a downside, though. The next round of the GT Academy has been permanently postponed until this whole mess can be properly sorted, and Polyphony hasn't said when we can expect a patch to fix the gamers' cheating ways. Stay tuned.

[Source: Joystiq]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Say what you want but this is what happens when it takes you 6years to produce a game that looks and plays exactly like the last two.

      They should either create a handful of dedicated tracks to finish the contest on, or just cancel the contest all together......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares about GT Academy? Where the hell are round 7 of the seasonal races?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think its cheating if the program allows for it. If your cutting corners in the game, the the program(game) should account for that. Its more of an oversight on Sony or Polyphony's part.

      Also, I've never played GT5.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea technically it's not "cheating." It's more of an exploit really... Unethical yea, but some people just don't care... The should easily solved within a patch if the engine they are using is built to accordingly. Just add the resistance of sand to those areas to slow the cars way down that try to venture into this "shortcut."
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe in Japanese culture people just wouldn't cheat? So it wasn't a big deal for them to leave the short cuts in without adding some sort of time penalty?

        Ah, never mind, they should have realized what could happen once they put a prize and a contest...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ohhhhhh riight.. GT5 sucks
      • 3 Years Ago
      You drop one wheel over an imaginary line on the Top Gear track in time trial mode and it invalidates your lap so you would have thought they would have anticipated it elsewhere.
        • 3 Years Ago

        I play GT5 regularly and love it. The first thing I did when hosting online sessions with my overly competitive friends was to turn penalties to HIGH - meaning if your bumped someone too hard the aggressor is penalized and going off track more than a wheel width and your engine speed is limited to pit lane speeds for 10 seconds !

        Why the frack didn't they implement similar protocols for the Academy ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forza 3 has the same problem with tools cutting corners. Both games are full of sore losers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone that competes in video game tournaments doesn't have a life and should go get laid. Real life racing i.e. Solo racing, club racing, track days are much more fun.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea because everyone has the money and/or the car to do that... Video game racing is the highest form of cheap entertainment and with the realism these days, it's almost as good as being on a real track anyhow... And how much are you out?... Let me break it down... Used PS3 from craigslist: $200... Used copy of GT5: $25... Decent steering wheel: $100... $325 for endless track time vs. hundreds of dollars for limited track time PLUS the cost of your "racecar"... Yea I don't know alot of folks that have that kinda coin to throw around whenever the feel like satisfying their need for speed, especially in this economy. Yea obviously the real thing would be better but video games are a great economic alternative for most folks. Get a clue and stop living in your fantasy world bro.
        • 3 Years Ago
        you do realize people have other interests other than being on track or getting laid 24/7. and I guess you don't know they are racing to be in a tv show with real cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's what these people are competing to be able to do...for an actual racing team in an actual race.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ha i guess your little kids either get laid or go to the track. haha
      • 3 Years Ago
      I say find out who cheated and let them out of the academy altogether.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And he would spend 6 months explaining to the public press that what he did was right, only to be fired by his team 7 months after the incident because it gave them bad press for not teaching their drivers how to race properly.

        The truth of the matter is, that there is grass and tarmac on a track for a reason. Whether in a video game, or real life, you use the Tarmac to qualify/race, and the grass for mistakes.

        Knowingly cutting it is not a mistake, it's just plain selfish.
      • 3 Years Ago
      tvizzle's comment FTW! LMBO
      • 3 Years Ago
      The photo there looks like the beginning of the story about where baby Stigs come from.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Forza 3 knows when you're cutting corners... Just sayin...
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know what they say about GT5 cheaters...

        ...about having...small...manual transmissions.
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