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A new documentary examines the legacy and creative process the legendary head of Polyphony Digital, Kazunori Yamauchi.[Excerpt The full version is now online and you can watch it below. Entitled Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide, it's a high-production value look at the work and philosophy of a man that has done more for the racing genre of video games than anyone in history. Here's a brief description:
This film is about drive. It's about the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo's birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. This film will trace his relentless willingness to challenge himself, to hold none of his past achievements sacred, and push beyond the virtual divide in his pursuit of perfection. Through the support of PlayStation, Kaz's journey has forever changed the gaming and automotive landscape and in doing so, has redefined how we perceive the relationship between art, entertainment and culture.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeThis is a really well-made documentary, every bit as good-looking and well-shot as any documentary I've seen. I hope to see more of these in the future, sometimes I worry that a lot of video game history has gone undocumented by film in comparison to other art forms.