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93-Year-Old Grandpa Has Become Online Sensation Playing Forza Motorsport 7

DeepEnigma

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93-Year-Old Grandpa Has Become Online Sensation Playing Video Games


What do you hope to be doing when you're 93-years-old? Having a nap? Living your best life on a yacht in the Caribbean? Achieving internet stardom by blitzing tracks in Forza Motorsport 7?

If you answered Forza Motorsport 7, there's a good chance your name is Ryuji Urabe, and you're an ex-taxi driver living in Tokyo, Japan who's taken the internet by storm filming your digital exploits in high-powered supercars. Oh you're not Ryuji Urabe? Well this is awkward. This article was meant exclusively for him, but, I guess I can make an exception, since you're already here and all.



In the video, Urabe-san is racing in a Mazda Savanna RX-7, which is a real car he's owned since 1990, according to the description. After a slightly shaky start (a very small accident where the car acquaints itself with the wall) Ryuji is off, and honestly? Handling the car better than I probably could.

"He was a cab driver, a dump truck driver, and so on. He had lived his whole life with cars, but now he can't drive anymore. So I wanted to let him drive again," his grandson, Koutarou Yamamoto, explained.

It's clear that the nonagenarian enjoys playing the game, and judging by the success he's had online, it's doubtful he has any plans to stop soon. With Forza Horizon 5 coming out in November, surely Microsoft would be missing a trick not to use this internet sensation in their marketing for the game. I'd personally love to see him included as an in-game avatar. Can we get a petition going?

 

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My daily dose of heartwarming-ness.

With Forza Horizon 5 coming out in November, surely Microsoft would be missing a trick not to use this internet sensation in their marketing for the game.
Grandpa can't be bothered with that Arcade shit. Get him a copy of Truck Simulator or something.
 
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Airbus Jr

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They shouldve give him Forza Horizon 4

Id wager he'l enjoy it more about driving along the countryside
 
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Azelover

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I really congratulate this family. In my culture, we don't take care of our seniors, and I don't understand why.

My grandma died at 92, and a few years before, when she got sick, my family put her in a nursing home. And people wouldn't visit her. People never found time, it was like a spell. I visited her two times. And then when she died, it was gut wrenching, because I regretted SO much not being there when she needed most.

That's why I say. If you have your grand parents with you, cherish them, enjoy them, learn from them. It's a treasure to have them with you. DON'T wait. Appreciate them while they're still here.
 

Julius Ibidus

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I really congratulate this family. In my culture, we don't take care of our seniors, and I don't understand why.

My grandma died at 92, and a few years before, when she got sick, my family put her in a nursing home. And people wouldn't visit her. People never found time, it was like a spell. I visited her two times. And then when she died, it was gut wrenching, because I regretted SO much not being there when she needed most.

That's why I say. If you have your grand parents with you, cherish them, enjoy them, learn from them. It's a treasure to have them with you. DON'T wait. Appreciate them while they're still here.
great post. and i do apologize for following it with a big stinky foot. meh.
 
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I really congratulate this family. In my culture, we don't take care of our seniors, and I don't understand why.

My grandma died at 92, and a few years before, when she got sick, my family put her in a nursing home. And people wouldn't visit her. People never found time, it was like a spell. I visited her two times. And then when she died, it was gut wrenching, because I regretted SO much not being there when she needed most.

That's why I say. If you have your grand parents with you, cherish them, enjoy them, learn from them. It's a treasure to have them with you. DON'T wait. Appreciate them while they're still here.
Where are you from?

UK here, I've worked a lot of care jobs involving elderly and some of the things you see make you want to puke. I'll always remember this one poor bloke, wasnt that old really. He spent his life looking after disabled kids, yet when he was in our care he never got many visitors at all, even his own family were fucking useless, he died in pain and mostly alone apart from us..

It'll stay with me for life seeing some of the shite there.
 

jhjfss

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Damn, the grandson made him play forza instead of gran turismo. Is anyone here an expert on japanese culture by any chance?😛