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Yamauchi Eyes The Competition "From A Distance"

With Forza Motorsport 3 pulling down high review scores and racing fans forced to wait until next year for Gran Turismo 5, one might think GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi would be a little rattled, or at least anxious to prove his creation is superior.

But that has never been the man's style, and his recent words prove he's both calm and respectful; he's not losing sleep or biting his fingernails while examining the competition from all angles, but he's aware of it. Basically, he wants to get an overview of something like Forza 3 but rather than making quick comparisons to GT5, he simply looks at it as an interested developer would view a similarly ambitious project. Here's what Yamauchi had to say to NowGamer:

"Well, of course, I keep my eye on them from a distance. My observations tend to more often than not centre on, 'Oh, so they're concentrating extra hard on this', or 'oh, so they're not worried about that', or 'they've really got a lot of passion for that'. All my observations are first-impression sort of things. I don't look at the games in too much detail. Just a one-glance observation is good enough. I think about what they're trying to do, how much time they're spending, how they're going about putting the game together, how do they feel about the game as they're making it… that sort of thing."

It's always interesting to learn about how developers check out the competition, but we're certainly not detecting any nervousness in Yamauchi's words. There's no doubt that Forza is well worth the time of any racing enthusiast, but there's also no need to worry about GT5. That too will be an amazing - perhaps even a redefining - driving simulator.

Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5

10/12/2009 9:25:23 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

chicko1983
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:11:10 PM
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thought he didnt look at the competition...
just release the game already!

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Banky A
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:11:16 PM
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That's how the good ol' Japanese do it ;)
Good on him, he's a ninja - just like World & Scarecrow.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:34:35 PM

Damn right!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:48:01 PM

that's how we roll homeslice.

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King James
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:04:02 AM

Ha...homeslice

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:37:20 PM
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Started a new season of Gran Turismo 1 on my 60GB ps3

That's how good GT games are. Still a great looking game, truly amazing they were able to pull off such complexities on the ps1. While it's not as realistic as GT3 and on, it still uses technique/skill.

Oh yes, 'bout what Kazu said, well he's right obviously. I don't stare at 360 games either. I just see them at a store and go "oh so that's the HALO: STD game? Interesting" lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:49:01 PM

gotta watch out for those STDs, they spread like wildfire :)

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Karosso
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 10:54:04 PM

HALO:STD! Hahahahahahaha
I'm going to sleep now, with a smile in my face :)

Last edited by Karosso on 10/12/2009 10:54:19 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 11:05:23 PM
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Translation:

"Yeah I looked at the competition, it wasn't much."

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Qubex
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 11:16:57 PM
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I think video games, their technical prowess and artistry, can be appreciated on any platform. Whilst there are differences in the hardware; i believe (and what seems to be evident), that the game is as good as the developer is...

I think alot more could be done with hardware, even the Wii. I think the hardware can generally be pushed harder and I expect we will see better looking games all round on the Wii, 360 and PS3 in the following years to come. Each will shine in its own right... that is of course, if the developer in question wants to make it so...

I was impressed with the results from Dead Space Extraction on the Wii, shows what one can do with your "basic" console.

Q!

"i am home"

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Streets_74
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 12:05:52 AM
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Translation:"Yeah I looked at the competition, it wasn't much." Yep thats the vibe I go too.

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___________
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 12:37:15 AM
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hmmm.
i really think he should take a deeper look into forza 3.
if i was him i would of finished the game already picking it apart and comparing it to GT5 and see what i could improve on.
he seems a little to relaxed to me and im worried release day will come and we will start seeing parts where gaps were let slip because he underestimated his competition.
yea turn 10 are arrogant a$$es but that does not mean they dont know how to make a good game.

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JJJames
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:02:38 AM
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Yamauchi doesn't need to talk allot, GT5 will speak for its self. Comparing HD to Prologue there was a Hugh difference, can't wait to compare Prologue to the Final Product...

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jlch777
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 10:40:16 AM
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the only problem that i have with prologue is that the car with the chase camera is to far away, its like driving a mini car i hope they fix that in GT5.

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HOODGE
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:32:04 AM
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Simple sentence. "I took a glance, came to conclusion that GT5 has no competition. No more needs to be said." Straight from the masters mouth.

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Metal Head
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 11:44:56 AM
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Gran Turismo is the best period. Everyone is trying to catch up to GT. There is something I love about Japanese People is that they always think ahead of everyone else. Gran Turismo is years ahead of the competition...........

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Ultimate_Balla
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 3:29:20 PM
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LMAO @ The thumbs down _ _ _ _ Got.

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FlyingKickPunch
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 5:12:24 PM
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just give us the game yamauchi-san!
he said it could be released any time, why not now?

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daus26
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 4:57:17 PM
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Guys, I don't want to be a hardhead, but please, stop with the "release the game already!." Really, Kaz is no beginner and he knows what he's doing. I made hundreds of posts at GTplanet regarding this subject, so I don't want to get too much on it again. In short, wait till the game is out, then judge. Please!

But I can almost sense, that the wait will be worth it. You have to be informed with all the recent interviews to get the vibe I'm getting. It's almost ridiculous.

Last edited by daus26 on 10/14/2009 5:00:33 PM

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Gimmedat
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 10:02:00 PM
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You no what I find humorous,my brother in-law used to be all about the GT series.He hasn't played a GT game since GT4 which he seems to barely remember, so he says.Now he has a boner for forza ever since it came about and now he says forza 3 is gonna be better than GT5 based on the community aspect and the paint editor.Iam called a fanboy cause I say GT5 is gonna look way better,drive better,feel better and have a way bigger impact on the gaming world as a whole.....mark my words.

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