August 20, 2010
Gran Turismo 5 Sued by Italian Horse Race!
OK, bare with me because this is crazy: In the upcoming and long awaited Gran Turismo 5, a fictional racing track in the very real town of Siena, where twice a year a historic horse race is held. This is a tradition going back to the middle ages and it's essentially ritualized gang warfare involving bribery, betrayal, drugged horses and much eating and drinking. Horses from each of Siena's "hoods" are ridden bareback around the main square, many crash some have died, it's all wholesome good fun.
Of course then city fathers are now outraged their precious square be depicted with electronic go-karts running around...SCANDALO! The outrage will continue through the Italian court system unless, presumably, Sony ponies up a "cultural contribution" large enough to prevent the game from being confiscated ahead of its planned release in November.
Another excuse to delay the launch another 5 years.
(Sole 24ore, Telegraph)
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