Monday, June 13, 2011

Virtual reality becomes reality for racers

What self respecting gamer hasn’t dreamt of transferring the skills he’s honed in front of his TV to real life? Who hasn’t wanted to emulate their virtual selves and go covert like in Splinter Cell, or examine gruesome crime scenes and track down the guilty as they would in L.A Noire? Come on, admit that you’ve often thought how cool it would be to go behind enemy lines and swipe vital intel just as you have in Call of Duty?

Well, kudos to two previously unknown gamers who
people around the world now recognize as prospective racing champions. Both Spain’s Lucas Ordonez and US-based Bryan Heitkotter have taken part in an online racing competition in the past few years, pitting their wits against thousands of participants in the GT Academy.

Their prize was to swap their couch for a real driver’s seat to see whether they could recreate their virtual feats.
Judging by the fact that Ordonez is has just competed in the 2011 Le Mans 24-hour race, while Heitkotter has just earned his place on the Nissan racing team, there’s hope for all of us…

Me? I’m hoping to give Infamous 2 a whirl tonight. Who knows, give it a few years and I might be shooting electricity from my fingertips and helping to fight crime in real life?!?!