Watch Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide Gran Turismo Documentary Here

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Did you know it took the developers, Polyphony Digital, five years to make the first Gran Turismo game? Or that the GT series is the best selling Playstation franchise, with over 70 million copies being bought so far? Even if you do know about these, there are plenty of things to be uncovered by the “Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide” documentary that just became free to watch.
Even though the game series evolved a lot, it still retains the characteristics that made it so wanted, like the level of detail (for example, the first 2 titles were having cars made out of 300 polygons, while current ones go over 500,000), the diversity and let’s not forget about the physics.

To make the game feel as real as possible, the producers had to actually meet each car in real life and test it, so they will behave naturally in the game. And they quite did it. Grab a decent plug-in steering wheel with pedals and you get the best racing simulator on the market. It’s so good, that even some beginner racing drivers are using it to train and learn some tracks.

The latest title, Gran Turismo 6, could have been the best simulator we’ve ever tested, but unfortunately, the sound is far from spot on. Although the developers say it has actually been recorded using real cars, some of them sound like hair driers or those 8-bit arcade games.

Guess you can’t have it all in one place. Still, Gran Turismo is a great gaming series that deserves our respect and definitely deserves some of your time to learn its story and how it managed to became reality through the GT Academy in the documentary bellow. As a tip, we suggest you turn on the subtitles as a part of it is in Japanese.

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