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The Stig poses in front of a Koenigsegg CCX

Jeremy Clarkson, "The Hamster" and "Captain Slow"  (Source: Guardian Unlimited)
"Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire, he'd burn for a thousand days... all we know is, he's called the Stig."

In a rather surprising turn of events, Gran Turismo and Polyphony Digital have made it to DailyTech's news coverage two days in a row. Yesterday, DailyTech reported on Polyphony Digital's collaboration with Nissan on creating the multi-function display for the 2009 GT-R -- a 473 HP twin-turbocharged monster that will come to our shores sometime next year.

Today, Polyphony Digital and its Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) offspring are once again making news. It was announced today that episodes of the BBC's highly popular "Top Gear" automotive show will be available for download from GT5's GT TV service.
Initially, 40 episodes will be available for download on the PlayStation 3 -- hopefully, current episodes will also be available shortly after airing for eager beaver “Top Gear” fans.

"We at Polyphony are great fans of the world’s best motoring programme, Top Gear, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with BBC Worldwide to deliver Top Gear content via Gran Turismo," said Polyphony Digital President Kazunori Yamauchi.

"BBC Top Gear is the world’s number one motoring media brand and we’re thrilled to make it accessible to Gran Turismo gamers," said BBC Worldwide Director of Digital Media Simon Danker. "We continue to explore different avenues to share our content with an expanding audience, and are delighted to participate with Polyphony Digital in the launch of this exciting new opportunity."

Perhaps the icing on the cake comes in the form of another little surprise from Polyphonic Digital and BBC Worldwide -- GT5 racers will be able to dart around Top Gear's infamous track. That's right; you can queue up your sappy music or self-help tapes and do your best impression of the Stig plowing through "Gambon." Or perhaps you can do your own impression of a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car."

Regardless, the “Top Gear” functionality added to GT5 is sure to set many hearts ablaze and should make for some interesting battles around the virtual test track.

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By Murst on 10/24/2007 12:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, its always great to have extra features like this, but can't they just make it a patch that's downloadable after the game is released?

I just want to play GT5!

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By FITCamaro on 10/24/07, Rating: 0
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By edpsx on 10/24/2007 12:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you download the episodes, they arent packed on the disc already. You havent tried the demo yet eh?

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By Murst on 10/24/2007 12:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
Is the demo of the demo any good? I know I could set up a Japanese account and get it, but I prefer to wait for it to be localized for the USA.

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By Murst on 10/24/2007 12:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
lol, maybe.

I'm all for all these extra features, it is just so frustrating since I want this game to come out reasonably soon.

Stuff like downloadable video doesn't really add to the value of the game for me, but I guess others will appreciate it, esp in the UK.

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By stubeck on 10/24/2007 12:49:35 PM , Rating: 5
I don't think people here in the UK really care. Its shown almost every night on Dave, so downloading it on a console doesn't make any sense.

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By Rotkiv on 10/24/2007 12:51:10 PM , Rating: 2
I would appreciate it here in South Africa(if I had a PS3. I have watched every episode screened here.

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By deeznuts on 10/24/2007 1:20:21 PM , Rating: 3
They're trying to pack as much stuff on that Blu-ray disc to justify why the extra space is needed.

When a multiplat game developer says they are struggling with two issues, one of them is fitting the game onto DVD-9, it makes you think, hey, maybe it it's not needed but it would have been swell! Assassins Creed, the other problem was PS3's memory; Rockstar said the same about DVD9, both being sandbox style games.

when a respected developer NOT owned by Sony has already stated they needed blu-ray, it is needed. (It's a studio that rhymes with SHOWjima)

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By 5c8wc4 on 10/24/2007 4:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
There are lots of people that will appreciate having everything in one place without the need to download. Lots of people also got crappy or no internet connection.

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By Murst on 10/24/2007 5:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
Then they wouldn't care about this feature, since it requires a pretty decent internet connection anyways.

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By 5c8wc4 on 10/25/2007 10:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
I wasent just refering to the episodes, but the bluray as a whole. The developers can pack alot of stuff into the discs that otherwise require downloads. like maps, mods, etc

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