The 13th iteration of the classic racing series doesn't even release till November 16th, 2016, but already Gran Turismo Sport is making major waves across the web. And not only because it looks really, really f**king good.
No, apparently due to a new partnership between GT devs Polyphony Digital and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), your in-game progress and stats can actually count towards you becoming a racing driver IRL. Yeah, seriously! The move, which already isn't too dissimilar to Polyphony's GT Academy, which gives star gamers the chance to race real cars, is discussed in more length in the video below. Thanks, Carfection!
But the general gist of the news is huge! This opens up an elitist world, previously unattainable or very difficult to crack for mere mortals like you and I, and brings it home to racing fanatics across the globe. It's incredible, the thought that actually driving nicely, not tearing through other cars and using them as shock absorbers on hard turns like I usually do, could in fact get me a chance to sit behind the wheel of a supercar. And that's dope, man.
So that got me thinking about other games that could introduce a real world gratification system. I wonder how they would pan out?
Super Mario Bros.
Imagine beating a high score or speed run, and Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka turning up at your home in a helicopter to whisk you off on a world-spanning tour of sewers and blocked toilets! That would be a treat and a half.
How about beating the game with some sort of pulse-raising handicap, like you can't use a gun to kill the infected or something. Then, Capcom come calling, whisk you off to a lab, infect you with the T-Virus and drop you off in some heavily populated city to wreak havoc! Actually, that's not so much fun...
Or, you beat all of the games with a super weak character, and then your soul is literally torn from your body, cast into a land of unending darkness and left to do battle against the series' outrageous bosses for all eternity. Sold.
All jokes aside, with no word on how this exciting partnership between Polyphony and the FIA will work out, I can't wait to see how these giants pull it off.
What about you?
Fancy becoming a real life racing driver?
(Source: Black Flag)