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Gran Turismo 5  (Source: Sony)

Lucas Ordonez didn't have the money to race professionally. However, his obsessive play of the realistic racing sim Gran Turismo on Playstation consoles earned him the right to compete in real world racing. Now he has his first victory under his belt and is one of Europe's hottest new racers.  (Source: PC Authority)
Driver is competing -- and winning -- races he once played in video games

Lucas Ordoñez always loved cars and dreamed of being a professional race driver when he grew up.  In 2008, though, he had abandoned that dream as he lacked the finances necessary to become a professional racer.  The 22-year-old instead indulged in his passion by playing Gran Turismo and other racing games, when he wasn't working on his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

His life dramatically changed when Sony held a European PlayStation competition looking for the best "virtual driver" in Europe according to PC Authority.  Ordoñez, who lives in Spain, bested almost 25,000 of his fellow auto enthusiasts and won, gaining the chance to represent his nation at the Playstation GT academy, a special camp designed to help the hardcore console racing gaming geeks transition their skills into real world racing.

At the camp, Ordoñez proved a natural at racing in real world cars.  He found his "experience to be consistent in the laps and to know the perfect line in the tracks" had helped him to be able to recognize real-world braking points.  However, much work remained.  In the latter half of 2008, Ordoñez continued to work on his MBA and in the meantime hired a personal trainer to whip him into the shape necessary to handle the G-forces which professional racers experience.

On the weekends he competed in smaller European races in order to obtain his international race drivers 'C' license, which requires a certain amount of track time at national certified tracks.  Most of these races were RJN Motorsport Team events held in the UK.

It wasn't long before Ordoñez received his license.  And he didn't start small -- he took off to compete in the famous GTA Dubai International 24 Hour race in 2009.  Racing in a Nissan 350Z, he completed 451 laps and 2431km in 24 hr.  That impressive performance earned him a 9th place finish, and put him in a tie with English former F1 Gun, Johnny Herbert.

Then came an even greater accomplishment.  Ordoñez won the European GTA Cup for RJN Motorsport, a very high profile event.  Ordoñez now appears poised to enjoy a very successful and financially rewarding racing career, all thanks to his gaming experience.

Encouraged by the success, this year Sony is planning an even bigger 2010 GT Academy.  Gamers will compete in five stages.  The first two stages will give gamers a chance to compete in the unreleased Gran Turismo 5, which is due out in March 2010 (a prologue version is currently available).  The next stage will put those who prevail in the camp with real world race cars.  Couch potato gamers beware -- a fourth stage will pit the two best real-world drivers against each other mental, but also athletic tests, to show their mettle. 

Much like Ordoñez, one lucky winner will get the chance to drive a Nissan 370Z prepared by RJN Motorsport in May 2010's European GT4 Cup.

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See kids
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/4/2009 9:25:39 AM , Rating: 5
Games aren't all just for fun! :P

RE: See kids
By JasonMick on 12/4/2009 9:27:10 AM , Rating: 5
Who says real-world racing isn't fun? ;)

RE: See kids
By AnnihilatorX on 12/4/2009 9:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
24 Hour race in super speedway is pretty unfun :P
Good old days in GT3 when I had to unlock an entry level formula one car doing 24 hour race in super speedway. I ended up doing what most people were doing, Suzuki Escudo with sellotapes over X button on the controller.

Anyway I wouldn't stand driving a car 8 hours or more on any race course, be it a world's best supercar or not.

RE: See kids
By Anoxanmore on 12/4/2009 9:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
GT2, 3000GT VR4... I miss those days on the ol PS1 and the feel be beating my friend who didn't know the difference between the 3000GT SL and the 3000GT VR4 in the Mits sales office.

RE: See kids
By Cerberus90 on 12/4/2009 12:05:17 PM , Rating: 1
The super speedway endurance race in GT3 wasn't 24 hours. It only took about 2 hours IIRC, it was a 150mile race.
I completed that one a couple of times.

GT4 was good, with b-spec, do a stint, then let the PS2 do some, then come back and do a bit more.
Almost completed GT4, had two 24 hour races, and the challenges left, not been on it for a while.

RE: See kids
By Hiawa23 on 12/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: See kids
By Mitch101 on 12/4/2009 12:27:38 PM , Rating: 5
Its interesting that something came from a video game. Like maybe someone will be a good football coach because he played madden very well. Myself I'm hoping for something similar by playing leisure suit Larry.

RE: See kids
By Anoxanmore on 12/4/2009 1:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see that helping you getting any women. :P

RE: See kids
By DeepBlue1975 on 12/4/2009 7:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
Then you'll know what happens when you don't pay a cab driver his fee :D

RE: See kids
By jonmcc33 on 12/4/2009 11:19:39 AM , Rating: 5
Unfortunately games like Race Driver GRID have taught me one thing: That I would destroy everything on the track if I were to race in real life. I am too aggressive and my cars usually finish the race missing most of the body. I tend to plow through vehicles as opposed to going around them. I am notorious for using police PIT maneuvers to take out people in front of me as well.

Thankfully real life to me is all about getting from point A to point B without trying to scratch something I actually paid for. That and the thought of paying fines and getting points on my driver's license generally discourage any desire to race.

RE: See kids
By MrBlastman on 12/4/2009 11:33:43 AM , Rating: 3
You should try racing for real in a sanctioned event or a sanctioned location. In fact, you don't even have to have prior experience to take part in an SCCA-sanctioned novice event. Autocross is a great entry point, it costs very little (usually 30 - 40 bucks an event), and is relatively "safe" when it comes to racing--they even sponsor novice clinics where you get to learn from people that have more experience.

While you might find you aren't any good at all in a game, you will learn after _actually_ racing that the experience is quite different. This story suprises me in some ways that the young man was able to transition so smoothly to the real thing. I can tell you from experience that it is quite a bit different racing a real car versus using a controller. Now, I haven't partook in a true GT event but I've done my share of SCCA Auto-X events plus raced on some real tracks to know there is a difference.

Though, thinking about it more, I can potentially see some benefit in honing concentration, small twitch reflexes and the ability to focus on the line through the course as a great preparation tool. It is suprising how many people are shocked at all the things they need to focus on while going around a course/track at speed for the first few times--many of them are overwhelmed at the stimuli and input processing that is needed. Many people have a hard time just staying on course.

So really, you _can_ try it out in a legal setting. Why not give it a shot? If anything, it will make you a far better driver when you aren't on the course.

RE: See kids
By Omega215D on 12/4/2009 11:45:26 AM , Rating: 3
You should see my rented rally car after running both stages. half a bumper gone, huge dent on left side panel (always that side) and damaged skid plates. Of course taking part in racing is pretty expensive as you have to have a car for it (it seems like some pros are just given cars though), crew to maintain it, and you have to pay entry fees and in my case with Rally racing a Rally License that lasts for a year ($100 for regional, 200 for National).

I heard that the last GT Academy was for non-US players. I would love to have some more race experience because at this point getting sponsored is difficult and renting a car isn't economical.

P.S. the US sucks for embracing Nascar more than other racing types... ovals FTL.

RE: See kids
By MrBlastman on 12/4/2009 12:09:32 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, asscar is like watching paint dry. I've got the car for Rally (Subaru WRX), and I've done some light gravel runs, but, as you mention--it costs _quite_ a bit of money. Perhaps some day when I've saved up more in the bank and the cash flow is a little stronger I'll be able to dedicate it to that part of the sport.

For now, SCCA Auto-x and light track events give me the rush I need. If only I could afford to replace my tires more frequently. >:)

RE: See kids
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 12/4/2009 12:29:10 PM , Rating: 3
Well, you can't say the US sucks for embracing Nascar. I never embraced nascar. I know very few people who are into nascar. I think it has replaced church for hillbillies in the south mostly. Church with beer!

I like the euro rallies, and Isle of Mann when I can get them in HD. Those are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more exciting than nascar (woo- lookit me turn left some more.) I also like Le Mans and other road courses. I would love to see a Nurbrgring event. I wouldn't drive on it though, mostly cause the other drivers are looney tunes! Watch the YouTubes.

Please note: there is only one Nascar - type event in GT that I recall. That was way boring.

RE: See kids
By Nfarce on 12/4/2009 3:37:33 PM , Rating: 5
Heh. NASCAR, hillbillys and a South reference. That's ironic. NASCAR has grown in the Northeast, Midwest, and West the most. In fact, there are more tracks planned to be built in other areas of the nation and there are tracks in the South on the potential chopping block.

But, I find it extremely boring, especially now that the cars are so even with BS rules & regulations they are more like the IROC races which were all the exact same cars. I prefer GT and F1 any day. That Laguna Seca race ending a month or so ago was awesome at the finish: Porsche 996 & C6 Corvette duke it out to the end, with the finale being the C6 in the wall trying to pass the Porsche. Gotta love it!

RE: See kids
By Reclaimer77 on 12/5/2009 12:28:59 PM , Rating: 3
Nascar is an amazing product in my opinion. I don't watch it, but I used to once in a while when Dale Earnheart was alive. That guy was something else to watch, holy crap lol.

People say ovals are boring, but the Indy 500 is an oval and I think it's probably the most famous and most watched race around. It's certainly historic I would think.

I know I'm going to get flamed, but how is Formula 1 more exciting ? If you pay to attend a race, you get to see ONE turn or mini straight, you have no view of the real race. Passes rarely happen, and the big snooze factor is that the lead is rarely contended. The cars are designed in such a fashion that a high paid team like Ferrari takes the lead fairly early, and that's it. How many times have we seen Schumacher or that other guy win a race without even having to fight for the lead or fight to keep it ?

And there are SO many electronics in a Formula 1 car, that the performance of the driver is marginalized in my opinion. In Nascar the cars are tuned so that the driver is the biggest factor in the cars performance. Not paddle shifts or one of 1,000 techno gadgets, or how much money your team has.

Nascar you take your family to the track, have a view of the whole race or at least half of it. Fights for the lead happen often and are thrilling. People going three wide through a turn are also exciting to watch, and yes, we can't forget the wreck factor. I have been told you can't judge Nascar from watching it on TV and that going to the track and feeling and hearing the cars makes it a whole different experience.

As far as the stereotypes go, they are mean spirited I think. These are NOT rednecks building cars in garages and barns. The people building and maintaining these cars are some of the highest class of professionals in the world. Extremely well trained and very well paid.

RE: See kids
By Nfarce on 12/5/2009 6:01:14 PM , Rating: 2
RC77 - you & I in a disagreement? Say it ain't so!!

Anyway, I grew up watching NASCAR starting with the Awesome Bill From Dawsonville days. I've been to countless races in Atlanta (my home town), Daytona, Charlotte, and Talladega. Sure, watching the race in person, especially in the infield on top of an RV drinking a beer (and in our case playing the PS3 before the race) is a blast. Hell anything live from an air show to a boat race is fun to watch with beer and good friends.

But on TV, well, that's another matter. If you thought that last Talladega race was fun to watch, then I don't know what to say. And your comment about high paid teams and dominance in F1 can be countered with the last few years of NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports. Another Jimmy Johnson year (yawn). I find F1 more interesting because the cars are incredibly fast and no track is even remotely the same.

With that said, I've just overall lost interest following the sport like I used to and prefer to watch other racing events on TV as mentioned. The days of driving 220mph on a straightaway at Daytona or Talladega are long gone and cars are too evenly matched now. And like I said from the get go, IROC racing was always boring.

Yes, we all know the roots of NASCAR was in Southern bootlegging and running white lightning down Georgia's Highway 9 to Atlanta from the distilleries in the Appalachians, and we all know it gained fame on the beach at Daytona Beach, but it is growing more and more into a yawner sport where competition is marginalized for so-called safety and spectatorship.

RE: See kids
By Reclaimer77 on 12/5/2009 8:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
hahah hey, disagreement makes the world go 'round m8 :)

Yes on TV both sports are different I would imagine. I think I made a comment about seeing Nascar live before making judgment, cause I'm told it's quite exciting in person.

But to me Formula 1 on TV is worst because everytime I watch a F1 race, there is no suspense or drama. The winner is usually established after the first 10 laps, where he pulls away from everyone else and there is no contest for first place. The tracks are too tight, so there are very few places for good passes, or any passing at all. Pit stops are also boring. Cars with the jacks build into them ? Give me a break, why would you take the skill out of pit stops like that ?

Also if Nascar is so boring or whatever, then how come it's dominating Kart or Indy Car ( or whatever they call themselves these days ) in the same country ? It's the same basic type of car as F1 with the same type road courses. And yet, nobody watches it. The sport has been in constant financial trouble for years.

Didn't F1 also make a bunch of safety changes and slowing down of the cars after a well known driver lost both his legs and several died in crashes though ? I remember them going to grooved tires and other things to slow the cars down. Am I wrong here ? Every sport makes such changes because drivers dying is something nobody wants to see, plus it costs the business end money.

I just don't see the need for people to sling cultural insults about the sport. I've never said F1 was for a bunch of wine sniffing stuck up homosexual europeans did I ? Nope.

RE: See kids
By tygrus on 12/6/2009 8:50:14 PM , Rating: 1
Nascar for beer drinkers only. F1 OK. Production car and Porsche/Carrera cup on F1 tracks are great.

Europeans: love the twisty coastal/mountain roads; racing tracks of variety of corners and straights with elegance; check the great F1 tracks.

Americans: yank-tanks go fast in a straight line but don't like going around corners; boring oval tracks which don't excite drivers or as many spectators. The cars are now better at the twisty bits but don't have the same pedigree of great European handling.

RE: See kids
By jonmcc33 on 12/4/2009 2:41:59 PM , Rating: 1
You should try racing for real in a sanctioned event or a sanctioned location. In fact, you don't even have to have prior experience to take part in an SCCA-sanctioned novice event.

Didn't you read what I said? I tend to total vehicles in racing games. Not because I cannot drive but because I am aggressive in my competitive edge. I don't just rub other vehicles, I ram them and PIT them.

If anything, it will make you a far better driver when you aren't on the course.

Who says I am not a good driver in real life? The only accident I ever caused in my life was 30 days after I initially got my driver's license. Since then, it has been a clean bill for 14 years. Other people have wrecked into me but that's not my fault.

I do have a lead foot though. I went 130mph in my 2006 Hyundai Sonata V6 on I-75 once.

RE: See kids
By MrBlastman on 12/4/2009 5:06:38 PM , Rating: 3
Oh I didn't mean to insinuate you're a bad driver, not at all. You'll find though that after racing for real that you will see a profound improvement in your driving abilities--this is a guarantee. Until you have a pushed a car to its limits repeatedly you will never be able to fully utilize your vehicle in everyday situations and more importantly, emergency situations. Just going fast in a straight line every once in a while doesn't count as pushing the limits. The limits I speak of are cornering in sharp turns, confined spaces, setting up from a turn to a series of esses etc.

Not to mention, it is a great way to have some fun every once in a while. :)

RE: See kids
By DominionSeraph on 12/4/2009 6:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't even hit the top speed of that Sonata, and you think you have a lead foot?

My little sister broke 140mph in her Prelude at 16.

RE: See kids
By raytseng on 12/4/2009 6:23:46 PM , Rating: 3
If he's like a winner of Gran Turismo, he probably has expensive wheel pedal/controllers.

GT at least in campaign mode is also known to be more of a racing simulator rather than a more arcady racing game.

So I'm not surprised at all he transitioned smoothly. As mentioned in the article, the physical endurance is what I expected him to have the most problems with.

RE: See kids
By webstorm1 on 12/4/2009 9:44:05 AM , Rating: 2
This is an amazing story! But I'm guessing his passion wasn't coincidence; I guess when a high fantasy job pops up I might just be a natural. Oh...

RE: See kids
By erple2 on 12/4/2009 5:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Ren Fests hire all the time ...

RE: See kids
By The0ne on 12/4/2009 9:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
Some people really do have a gift for driving. Case in point, I watch a 7 year old play the Daytona video game and he knew exactly what to do. He knew where the lines were, the speed to stay at and even controlled his car perfectly when others wrecked into him. It was a truly awe inspiring experience for me and that's really an understatement.

Now, mind you, he was 7 years old so part of his attention span was distracted from actually playing the game :) And he mumble indecipherable things here and there. But ultimately he drove like a true champ. I later went up to his parent and expressed my gratitude and urged them to encourage his racing abilities. I don't think they listened but oh well, I tried :)

RE: See kids
By pcfxer on 12/4/2009 9:50:19 AM , Rating: 2
Awesome! Daytona is frustrating at first but I forced myself to figure it out.

RE: See kids
By Nubsicles on 12/4/2009 9:49:10 AM , Rating: 5
Next up - Modern Warfare 2!

RE: See kids
By bighairycamel on 12/4/2009 10:20:00 AM , Rating: 5
Well they need 30k troops for Afghanistan. The Army could get with PlayStation and call it the Modern Warfare academy.


RE: See kids
By Anoxanmore on 12/4/2009 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
America's Army?... That used to be a military game, only played it for a short while a long time ago.

RE: See kids
By jonmcc33 on 12/4/2009 11:21:33 AM , Rating: 2
Nah, that's an arcade console game. More like ArmA2 if you want realistic simulation.

RE: See kids
By intelcpu on 12/6/2009 6:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
The US Army already uses video games.

RE: See kids
By Bender 123 on 12/4/2009 10:25:47 AM , Rating: 5
This just proves the point that games cause violence...

Fake driving leads to real driving
Fake crime leads to real crime

Whats next? I want to see a Street Fighter player take it to the cage...Now that would be entertaining and a good story. I won at street fighter and now get the right to take on Lesner or Fedor! BOW BEFORE MY IMAGINARY FIREBALLS!!!

RE: See kids
By amanojaku on 12/4/2009 11:21:02 AM , Rating: 2
So more people are gonna play dating sims now?

RE: See kids
By TSS on 12/4/2009 11:24:42 AM , Rating: 5
Hah, you may laugh, but when the next zombie apocalypse hits or there's a dragon to be slain, you'll be thankfull for all of those no lifers who already spent hours doing just that.

I am worried, however, about those chinese gold farmers....

RE: See kids
By Omega215D on 12/4/2009 11:48:05 AM , Rating: 4
If Sim City has taught me anything is that all my cities would be much worse off than Detroit... and that I'm a sadistic bastard in setting off every disaster available if the sims complain too much...

RE: See kids
By aqaq55 on 12/15/2009 8:02:19 AM , Rating: 1

fr ee sh i pp ing

(jordan shoes) $32

(air max) $34



By pcfxer on 12/4/2009 9:48:30 AM , Rating: 3
Translating my GT and Forza knowledge AND my real knowledge of how the phsyics works in a car...the biggest difference is steering and FEEL and NOISE.

The whole experience is different, the tracks are similar, but going lock-to-lock on a controller is effortless whereas in a car at speed, lock-to-lock is scary and generally more correction than necessary. In the real world, I tend to hold my oversteer a lot longer and I stay far away from wheel lock during breaking and thus understeer a lot less.

It's that "feeling" that games can't give that get you into those turns too "hot", too much braking, lock, understeer. That doesn't happen unless someone bumps in real life.

By Lonyo on 12/4/2009 10:11:49 AM , Rating: 2
You can get quite close to the feeling with a wheel etc in games.
The feeling of being on the edge of grip and understeering wide in a computer game with a wheel and the same feeling in a regular road car on regular roads isn't that much different, one is just more dangerous than the other and happens less often (assuming you are a sensible driver).
How that compares to driving a real racing car around a track I have no idea, but some elements, including things like understeer when you go in too hot, you can feel in the right games with the right equipment.

By IcePickFreak on 12/4/2009 2:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I think it has a lot more to do with letting you learn some technical aspects - over/understeer, braking points, driving line. It's naturally going to be different in the real world, but once you understand the metrics behind it you can re-adjust yourself in the real world. Obviously there are a lot of other factors that can't be represented in a game, but there are still some valuable lessons you can carry over and gives you an edge up on someone else who just started racing but has no practice on the technical aspects of racing.

Same with flight sims. While someone who plays flight sims all the time isn't going to be a pro pilot right off the bat they'll definitely have a better understanding of the technical philosophies behind it.

The theoretical problem of being in an airplane with no pilot, I know I'd much rather have someone who's a flight sim buff attempt a landing than a common person who doesn't. It may be a crash landing, but I'd wager you're chances of survival are several fold that of someone who doesn't have the sim experience.

By stubeck on 12/4/2009 6:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest difference between driving on a computer versus driving in real life is the seat of your pants feeling of grip, and the g-forces involved. Racing in a game like GT is mainly useful for learning tracks, basic setup work, and also learning how to drive around other cars. It won't teach you how to drive at the limit, or how to deal with how brakes get worse as they heat up, since none of these are modeled in a game like GT.

By The0ne on 12/4/2009 10:11:59 AM , Rating: 2
By Wererat on 12/4/2009 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
I'm currently a PC-based racesim fan (rFactor, GTR-Evo) but Sony is getting very close to selling me a PS3 with this...

"Encouraged by the success, this year Sony is planning an even bigger 2010 GT Academy. Gamers will compete in five stages. The first two stages will give gamers a chance to compete in the unreleased Gran Turismo 5, which is due out in March 2010 (a prologue version is currently available). The next stage will put those who prevail in the camp with real world race cars."

RE: 2010
By The0ne on 12/4/2009 1:43:45 PM , Rating: 3
If you're a car fan/nut and GT hasn't sold you yet than I really have to say you're not a car fan/nut at the very least. Some people collect cars, some people go for the specs, some people for the simulation, some for just part of the simulation like rallys :), and others because of the graphics and audio.

If you don't get the new release I definitely consider yourself NOT a car fan/nut.

RE: 2010
By stubeck on 12/4/2009 6:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
The games he plays already are much more realistic than the GT series. They're fun, but not as good as Sony wants you to believe...btw, the same holds for the Forza series as well.

RE: 2010
By Wererat on 12/6/2009 11:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
OK ... well, without echoing Stubeck's comments I would definitely have to disagree that one needs to be a PS3 sim-racer to be a car fan.

I've invested time and resources heavily into PC racing, starting with the legendary Grand Prix Legends (well, even Papy's Indycar Racing but GPL was when I got 'serious') and the venerable Logitech Wingman Force FF. I have a pile of sims and wheels about, including a Logi G25.

However that's 11 years of sim-driving investment and I can't just toss money about randomly.

Rather than get into sim realism arguments, let's just say that for me to consider a PS3 investment for the latest Gran Turismo release is a compliment to GT.

RE: 2010
By The0ne on 12/7/2009 11:03:44 AM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same boat as you actually. Been playing driving sims for quite a long time myself, since the c64 days until Test Drive on the Amiga really got me hooked :) I don't own a PS3 either and there are 2 games that may persuade me to buy one when they come out, GT and FF13. But we'll see. I'm like the collecting and the specs myself and not so much the racing in GT. Like I said, people like different things in GT :)

As for what Stubeck said, GT brought tons of fans because it offered so many choices for the player, not to mention the amount of vehicles. Graphic was well blended and nice for it's time. Even nicer if you run it on PC with some filtering and stuff on.

Point is, Polyphony has taken their time with the game and it really does show in almost every aspect. The graphics alone is amazing even compare to what we have on PC now.

Forza 3 multi screen
By Leper Messiah on 12/4/2009 10:40:10 AM , Rating: 2
With Forza 3's 1080p graphics, multi screen support, and an in car cockpit view that actually resembles the real thing, you could build a pretty decent driving simulator. It's even got support for an actual clutch pedal...just gotta find a an add on for my 360's wheel that has a 3 pedal setup and a stick shifter.

RE: Forza 3 multi screen
By corduroygt on 12/4/2009 10:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
Forza 3 is 720p

RE: Forza 3 multi screen
By Leper Messiah on 12/4/2009 10:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
No it isn't. Forza 2 is 720p, Forza 3 is 1080p. When I get home from work I'll take a picture of the back of the game case to prove it.

RE: Forza 3 multi screen
By corduroygt on 12/4/2009 1:55:56 PM , Rating: 3
You are severly misinformed.
Both Forza 2 and 3 are 720p. Upscaling 720p to 1080p isn't 1080p!
GT5 similarly is 1280x1080, then upscaled to 1920x1080, aka 1080p.
What it says on the game case is useless.

By judasmachine on 12/4/2009 10:04:47 AM , Rating: 2
All I ever played was Tetris. :/

RE: dang...
By Super on 12/4/2009 10:15:28 AM , Rating: 3
skysraper builder for you! now there needs to be a tetris competition that links the two...

RE: dang...
By Alexstarfire on 12/4/2009 10:29:18 AM , Rating: 3
IDK, if he completes the wall it'll just disappear, won't it? :) I remember that episode of Futurama.

By bubba551 on 12/4/2009 1:30:56 PM , Rating: 3
I guess my boy will grow up to be a dwarf, troll, or some such.

RE: Darn!
By AstroGuardian on 12/9/2009 4:37:41 AM , Rating: 2
Haha!! A-hahaha-hahaha aa hahahaa

Big deal...
By Noya on 12/4/2009 2:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
Big deal, I bet there's thousands of race simulator enthusiasts who could be race car drivers in real life...but just as the article states, it's a very expensive sport to get into.

RE: Big deal...
By Iketh on 12/4/2009 7:51:39 PM , Rating: 3
Big deal he was #1 out of 25,000?

Cool story, but...
By goz314 on 12/4/2009 11:34:46 AM , Rating: 2
Ordoñez now appears poised to enjoy a very successful and financially rewarding racing career, all thanks to his gaming experience.

I seriously doubt his success can really all be credited to his gaming experience. This claim is a bit over the top, I'm afraid. Playing the game provided him an outlet and his abilities therein ultimately presented him with a unique opportunity, but it most certainly is not the only reason why he is succeeding in real world racing.

RE: Cool story, but...
By Iketh on 12/4/2009 7:49:40 PM , Rating: 2
Highly disagree. The article clearly states he didn't have the finances to practice with RL racing. The game allowed him to hone skills that would otherwise be novice with the rest of his abilities if he did ever get a chance.

Wait a sec...
By kyleb2112 on 12/5/2009 1:02:40 AM , Rating: 4
Wasn't this the plot to The Last Starfighter?
Death Blossom!!!

Little known secret
By mckirkus on 12/4/2009 10:35:34 AM , Rating: 3
A bunch of pros are using IRacing for the PC to train for races. I raced Dale Jr. online about a year ago on it (Lime Rock Park). Very polite, when he was passing me I made plenty of room and he got on his mic and said thanks in a super heavy southern drawl.

Not Surprising
By EJ257 on 12/4/2009 10:15:04 AM , Rating: 2
People have been using computer sims for flight training for years and years. You could hone your skills like instrument reading and navigation on the computer before you actually climb into a plane. Saves a lot of money.

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By AstroGuardian on 12/9/2009 4:43:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well Jason i hope the following statement is not YOUR conclusion cause i would expect it to come from a 12 year old.

"Ordoñez now appears poised to enjoy a very successful and financially rewarding racing career, all thanks to his gaming experience." All thanks to his gaming experience? Wooow! How did you get to this conclusion? Are you stupid enough to overlook the thousand more reasons? What about orientation, precision, perception, logic etc etc etc etc!!!

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