Did The PS3 Really Restrict Gran Turismo 5?

Did The PS3 Really Restrict Gran Turismo 5?

It’s seemingly a practiced technique amongst some Western game journalists. Interview a well known developer, often through a translator, ask a couple of leading questions, then reap the benefits of a language and culture barrier in the form of a headline grabbing story along the lines of ‘The PS3 Isn’t Powerful Enough For Game X’, or ‘Game X Was Scaled Down For The PS3’.

When I saw the headline “Gran Turismo 5: PS3 ‘not enough’ to handle Yamauchi’s vision” I knew what to expect. A quote, taken out of context, ripped straight from another magazine’s interview subsequently used to substantiate a claim tailor-made for hit grabbing.

The story goes, as reported by CVG and VG247, that Yamauchi, speaking with Esquire Magazine UK claimed that, “with each new PlayStation, the vessel has become bigger, but it’s still not enough.

Then later…

“With Gran Turismo 5 we’ve made it as clean and beautiful as possible within the confines of the space we’re given – but of course there’s a lot more that we want to put in.”

Those selected quotes, taken out of context, with absolutely no frame of reference (or even the question asked to elicit said answer) are then used to substantiate the claim that the PS3 was ‘not enough’ to handle Yamauchi’s vision.

It is, of course, not the case. Simply the end result of an interview with a humble developer, raised in a culture adverse to chin-wagging and show boating – hardly the cries of a workman blaming his tools. Japanese developers are renowned for never being happy with the end result of development – bragging is a sign of a lack of humility.

I seem to remember the exact same thing happening around Metal Gear Solid 4’s release, during an interview with Hideo Kojima, when he lamented some aspects of MGS4 – and more recently Ted Price and Cliff Bleszinski have both had to rebuke similar headlines in the midst of selective, out-of-context quote pulling.

Honestly, there has to be some sort of line in the sand here. I understand the need to dig for fresh angles, and the need to elaborate a little for the sake of drama, but I can’t help but wonder what the endgame of this kind of journalism is?

My worry is that developers will simply close up shop, and all, if any, access to interviews or studio tours will be reduced to PR driven, press release interviews that are utterly pointless for all involved. By dishonestly manipulating out of context quotes we are actually discouraging the open relationship that’s required for journalists to get a truly great interview.

We need to play fair here, or risk losing opportunities in the long run. Proper, in-depth interviews or out of context headline grabbers – which would you prefer?


  • Indepth reviews every time.
    Its all about getting people to open a magazine, or read an article.blog so they can earn money from advertisers (or what-have-you).

    Its unfortunate that its come down to this, but honestly most half intelligent people can read an article like that and know in the first sentence its rubbish.
    Just goes towards making the interviewer/writer untrustworthy and a moron…..

  • You can learn alot about the context of the reply from the question. The opportunity to misuse a quote however is not a new phenomenon though it might be for the gaming industry. In my years of following gaming news I have definitely noticed a shift from journalists and devs being more or less on the same page working humbly together to discuss the thing they love to a more viscious “hard hitting” style of reporting which has more in common with tabloid gossip rags.

    • Gaming media aren’t immune from the fanboy wars either. It’s just like mainstream media and political biases.

  • It’s almost the video game equivalent of the fear-mongering of mainstream media.

    The (arguably) more commercial sites, like CVG and Gamespot (racist Kinect?)–amongst many others–are increasingly relying on this sort of story headline for publicity/increased hits and it shits me to no end. I actively avoid those articles now, and really only frequent 2 gaming sites besides Kotaku because it’s just trolling fluff, probably intended to incite people to riot in the comments.

    These headlines are crap and, you’d know more being in the industry Boris*, it probably already does detract from gaming journalism to some extent, which will only get worse. So yes, I agree: in-depth interviews, please – even forgetting the information, it’s just as interesting to see some of the personalities in gaming.

    *The resemblance is uncanny.

  • Remember how a few months back that site ran an article about porn in Australia and then a bunch of sites took a quote from it as a claim that small-breasted women had been banned in Australian porn?
    It’s basically the same thing.
    The original site of course went “Hey, no, that’s wrong, that didn’t happen.”
    But naturally none of the sites that ran the story went back to add that part.

    The truth should never get in the way of a good story, or so they say.

  • Nice Research. As you probably know that is the biggest problem with journalism. It is “peoples work” and therefore mistakes are inevitable. But I totally agree with “By dishonestly manipulating out of context quotes we are actually discouraging the open relationship that’s required for journalists to get a truly great interview”.

  • This reminded me of an article I saw on GameSpot only a few days ago.


    ‘Kinect has problems recognising dark-skinned users?’

    To which if you read the article you find out that they’re basing this theory on the problems faced by two Gamespot employees.

    It’s sad that this level of fear-mongering has seeped into Game journalism.

  • Website A & B take a quote out of context!!!!


    This happens A LOT and often the rivals of the magazine/TV channel/website will use it as a chance to take a dig at the misquoting news outlet(s).(rightfully so i suppose)

    In other news Yamauchi needs to stop spending his time in interviews and 24H races on the other side of the globe and try and get his games out on time!

  • Nice topic raised there. I think that this should not only apply to games journos but to the games devs themselves too!
    Medal of Honor 2010 is a prime example of this kind of journalism being abused from the other side…sooo much hype and sooo little delivered.

    Both sides of this article should take note.

    Great topic!

  • seriously if they considered a pc version of gt5 (or gt6) they would have more power to work with and it will make all the pc gamers happy too

    • While you’re not necessarily incorrect, I think you missed the point of the article. 🙂

      I’ve said quality journalism is heading for extinction for years. There are truly very few publications, both print or web based, that do not resort to sensationalist drivel.

      Every time someone I know quotes a garbage headline from a publication I’d hesitate to even wrap fish an chips in, as fact, a little piece of me dies.

  • Good article, I would however point out that I think you may be attributing to much value on the importance of journalistic opinion, thanks to the net we all largely do our own research,via checking out many different sources and form our own opinions. I don’t take the opinion of one reporter and base any decision on that.And as for the News lol Journalism doesn’t exsit its about rushing to the scene of someones home burning down stick a camera in the poor wretches face and with a blank expression ask ” how does it make you feel to have lost everything?” its nonsense as is watching before the election some politician going into a fish and chip shop to pretend “we are like you”, or a priminister going to Afghan “sleeves rolled up and open shirt” with the troops standing behind him as if he has their backing and as if he has been working lol. We dont take it seriously its just propaganda and weak advertising. As for GT5 it looks awesome but until played and I have my own opinion I don’t know…or care.

  • This has to be one of the most intelligent, honest articles about video game journalism that I have ever read. Kudos Mr. Serrels. Now if only we can create an army of people like you to call out all the irresponsible journalists in video game industry and work our way out to the rest of the media from there.

  • his vision damn near involves going to the dealership and buying the darn thing. its not ps3, n pc s aint “!$&# no machine can harness real life. period. i like the fact that he getting it all in now and wont rape us call of duty style next year. i no this game is fab! i cant wait. when it release give that man a well deserved vacation

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