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Grand Turismo 5 sparks Italian controversy

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Gran Turismo 5 is causing some controversy in the beautiful Italian city of Siena. How can a racing game spark controversy you ask? Does GT5 feature a new crash mode where tires fly off of vehicles and decapitate prostitutes and police officers? Nope. The reason for the controversy is GT5’s use of Siena’s city Piazza del Campo as a track in the upcoming game, and more specifically, using the flags and colors of the Palio di Siena without permission. Due to this Siena is threatening to stop the game from seeing the light of day.

Whether or not the flags will be removed is still up in the air, but Kazunori would like to see them remain as they heighten the aesthetics of the Italian course. Gran Turismo 5 designer Kazunori Yamauchi lamented via twitter his hesitation to remove them, “We can remove them in an instant…[though] erasing them is somewhat regrettable.”

Read More | Kotaku via Twitter

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