The video game Gran Turismo arguably wasn't the first great driving simulator, but it came along at just the right time to do things no other console game had ever done so well before. First, the Sony PlayStation allowed for 3D graphics that could create a recognizable model of a car in 360 degrees. Also, GT offered a huge breadth of vehicles that could get almost anyone interested. Up to that point in time, most driving games focused on just Formula 1, rallying, production cars, or other specific subsets of the autosphere, but GT had everything, which made it possible to find your dream car and go racing. The full-length documentary movie Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide delves into the mind of series leader Kazunori Yamauchi, and now it's available for anyone to watch for free.
Kaz originally launched in the US on Hulu in January, but not everyone has access to that streaming service. The documentary looks at the history of Gran Turismo starting from its early development and interviews Yamauchi about his theory behind making it. It also examines some of the racing that the series of games is emulating and influencing, including little kids getting into karting and the Nissan GT Academy. It's all done with beautiful cinematography and direction from Tamir Moscovici, who also helmed a 30-minute documentary about Magnus Walker. Note: Large portions of the movie have Yamauchi speaking in his native Japanese, so you're going to want to turn on subtitles to watch this intriguing film.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's cool. Now how about you push some of the features / DLC that were promised prior to launch, and still not there... almost 9 months later. -_-

        davebo357
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.

        I'm conflicted, I want to hold them to their promises of all the great features for GT6 they were going to add, but at the same time at this point I'd rather them scrap the whole thing and get GT7 out for PS4 since I'm more likely to play that.

      Jarda
      • 4 Months Ago
      Push the engine sounds please, namely for Ford GT, I don't care about the rest.
      You can do it, Mr. Kaz! :)
      wooootles
      • 4 Months Ago
      This guy changed the auto and game industry!
      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      Things that separate GT from all other racers. That guy has passion to make this game as real simulator as possible.