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Topic # 52560 4-Dec-2009 12:47
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You folks might be interested in checking the PlayStation3 GT Academy coming to New Zealand.




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  Reply # 279312 4-Dec-2009 13:31
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Awesome i'm a huge Gran Turismo fan.. :) Thanks for the link




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  Reply # 279319 4-Dec-2009 13:51
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That would be unreal.....




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  Reply # 279324 4-Dec-2009 14:33
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hmm dont know why but the link's not working for me - any ideas?

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  Reply # 279347 4-Dec-2009 15:24
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http://www.eu.gran-turismo.com/ - not working..... on telstra fibre here....




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  Reply # 279438 4-Dec-2009 22:07
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http://bit.ly/8D0pjh
December 17th guys!!! Probably be 18th for us - but hey a free GT5 demo, why not!

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  Reply # 279440 4-Dec-2009 22:10
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in fact we should have a Geekzone ranking hee hee. that'll separate the boys from the men!

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  Reply # 283453 17-Dec-2009 14:41
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joker97: in fact we should have a Geekzone ranking hee hee. that'll separate the boys from the men!


+1 (or at least those with wheels and pedals from the dualshocks)

9am GMT It is apparently coming out according to the facebook page, it's gonna be a long night.....

 

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  Reply # 283472 17-Dec-2009 15:57
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flipping awesome.. should be here early tomorrow morning - thats when the Playstation Store gets its weekly updates..




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  Reply # 283554 17-Dec-2009 22:09
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It's up now. It's slower than than a youtube on xnet tho.

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  Reply # 283558 17-Dec-2009 22:17
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Downloading now too. 35% bring it on!!!!

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  Reply # 283561 17-Dec-2009 22:29
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Downloaded and installed. Can't do anything yet except for get into the main menu. When you go to the events menu it just says "The server is currently undergoing maintenance".
Servers are obviously chokka full of down-loaders!!



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  Reply # 283683 18-Dec-2009 10:49
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downloaded and installed, did the track with the tuned car (you can pick Tuned or Standard) and must get a best time for both = total time. The track isn't the easiest. I was ranked #178.. i only have a dual shock 3 controller.. probably would've done better with a steering wheel set..




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  Reply # 283685 18-Dec-2009 10:57
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Yeah the steering wheel is pretty much a given, you can tell by the replays, all the good times are smooth as and all the ds times are jerky like mine. I'm down to 43/63 (tuned/normal) but finding it very hard to operate the normal car without a wheel as you can use small movements to steer through the tc induced power off slides and you cant disable tc which doesn't suit my arse out driving style.

Looks like i'll be staying on the couch then :(

also its probably my least favourite f1 track of all time, monaco or spa would have rocked.



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Reply # 291251 19-Jan-2010 17:45
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You guys are in for some competition:


6,000 Kiwis on the Grid for GT Academy 2010
PlayStation® and Nissan hail early success of virtual-to-real-racer experiment as total international downloads exceed one million players
 
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has announced that over one million downloads of the GT Academy Time Trial have been recorded since it went live on 17 December, 2009. So far in excess of six thousand Kiwi hopefuls have downloaded the GT Academy Time Trial which is the first step in the GT Academy process.
 
GT Academy 2010 is a competition set up by Nissan and PlayStation® to unearth a real racing driver from the virtual world of the hugely successful Gran Turismo® race simulation game. Run across 17 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, 19 winners will have the chance to take part in a racing driver ‘boot camp’ at Silverstone Circuit. The eventual, overall winner will take the controls of a real Nissan 370Z race car to compete for a full season in the European GT4 Cup.
 
The Time Trial stage of GT Academy has given gamers the chance to download a stunning new piece of Gran Turismo for PlayStation®3 (PS3™), offering a small taste of what is to come in the new Gran Turismo 5 due for release this year. The download features the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, a newcomer to the Gran Turismo series. Players drive the circuit using a standard, road-going virtual version of Nissan’s stunning new 370Z and a race-tuned version of the same car. Their combined lap times give them their position on their territory leader board. The fastest 20 players from each territory, when the competition closes at midnight GMT on 24 January, will then battle it out at a live national final event.
 
“Hitting one million downloads of the GT Academy Time Trial from the 17 participating countries alone is a very important milestone,” explained the creator of the Gran Turismo games and president of Polyphony Digital Inc., Kazunori Yamauchi. “We created the Time Trial purely as the mechanic to run the first phase of GT Academy 2010. The massive interest is testament to the strong GT Academy concept that offers the chance to make a dream come true. But it also clearly demonstrates the popularity of Gran Turismo. This Time Trial is only a tiny sample of what is to come in Gran Turismo 5, so it is particularly pleasing to have seen such a positive reaction to it.
           
David Hine, Director Sales & Marketing Sony Computer Entertainment NZ Ltd (SCE NZ Ltd) is eager to help a Kiwi to land a professional drive in Europe.
 
“The Kiwis are right up there with the best times at the moment but we aren’t at the top yet, With five days still to go until the deadline, it is not too late for anyone who has not yet tried to get onto their PS3 and give it a go” says David Hine.
 
GT Academy 2010 contestants that are in the top 30 of their territory leader board at midnight on 24 January will have to go online at http://eu.gran-turismo.com/ in order to register their details and interest in progressing to the National Finals events. Only 20 players will compete in each National Final, but 10 reserves will be on standby in case any cannot make the event or are ineligible.
 
The top twenty Kiwis at the end of the GT Academy Time Trial stage we will be hosted at GT Academy NZ Finals at Hampton Downs on Wednesday the 3rd of February. At the finals the last twenty will be put through their paces, trained by some of New Zealand’s top driving talent, and eventually eliminated until our Kiwi representative is found and put through their paces on the track in a real Nissan 370Z for the first time.  Then our winner embarks on a potentially life changing journey to the chequered flag at Silverstone !

GT Academy 2010 is divided into five key stages:
 
Stage One - Entrants download the Gran Turismo time trial via PlayStation®Network, accessed through PS3. They record their timed laps in two virtual cars – a standard Nissan 370Z and a race-tuned version. Times in each participating territory will be logged on a leader board. Participants can post as many entries as they like.
 
Stage Two – The holders of the twenty fastest online times from each participating territory will qualify for a national final event held to select the fastest Gran Turismo driver who will proceed to the next phase.
 
Stage Three – 19 finalists, chosen from each of the national finals events, will head to the world famous Silverstone circuit for the GT Academy itself - a five-day, comprehensive race driver ‘boot camp’. They will have a chance to develop new driving skills in an array of Nissan, and other, hardware, while also being judged on fitness and mental attitude.
 
Stage Four - For the two competitors that display the talent, fitness, aptitude, drive and determination to succeed in motor sport, the action will hot-up even further. A UK-based intensive driving and racing programme will prepare them to qualify for an international racing license.
 
Stage Five – There is only one place available for the driver with the most potential to compete on an international stage. The overall GT Academy 2010 champion will race a full season in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z prepared by RJN Motorsport. The opening race is currently scheduled for May, 2010.





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