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Gran Turismo has long been a fan favorite. Players race across some of the most famous tracks in the world and experience a large selection of real-world based videos. Created by Polyphony Digital, this PlayStation game was first released to the public in 1997, and most recently released as Gran Turismo 5 in December of 2013. As of December 2015, more than 76.5 million copies of this game series had been sold.

We already know that video games are great for reflexes and help improve hand-eye coordination. Now, we see these skills translating directly to real-world experiences. Through a program called the Gran Turismo Academy, gamers compete to become race-car drivers. In partnerships with Nissan and PlayStation, over 300,000 people enter through local and regional tournaments. Advancing players must make it through 4 rounds on a national competition level, and only one driver enters the development program. In 2015 Three graduates of the program raced for Nissan at the 24 Hours Le Mans in the top-tier LMP1 class. Current racers include Lucas Ordonez of Spain, Jann Mardenborough of Great Britain, and Mark Shulzhitsky of Russia.


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