Having a street named after a person is usually reserved for historical figures. But for the city of Ronda in Spain, it seems Gran Turismo video-game creator Kazunori Yamauchi qualifies for that status since a street in the historic town has been named after him during the European launch of Gran Turismo 6 held in the city on December 2.
According to GTPlanet.net, Paseo de Kazunori Yamauchi "wraps around the Parador de Ronda hotel, offering some of the best available views of the city's famous Puente Nuevo bridge."
By having a street named after him, Yamauchi joins the exclusive company of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. As in the case of the famous author and filmmaker, respectively, Yamauchi's work, according to Ronda city mayor Maria de la Paz Fernandez Lobato, "has a huge cultural resonance with people today," with his passion for the popular video game pushing the racing game genre "to new levels of realism, his creations as much art as technology."
"I feel so grateful to the city of Ronda for this honor," said Yamauchi. "It is very special to see my name on the street, and especially when I know that Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway are around the corner--what incredible company. I know that I still have much work to do to be worthy of their status."
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