So, What Explains Car Accidents Before Videogames?

from the crash dept

It hardly needs repeating that videogames take the blame for many things these days, including violence and obesity. But those things are tired, and increasingly people are looking for new ills that can be attributed to videogames. The hot new one seems to be bad youth driving. Back in January, police blamed the game Need for Speed for an auto accident, because a copy of it was found in the wrecked car. And in the spring, a man used the game Grand Theft Auto as an excuse for thinking he could outrun the cops. Now in New Zealand, the government has responded to a recent fatal car accident involving teenagers by pointing the finger at videogame systems, saying they make teenagers feel "bulletproof" when they drive. Frankly, if you've ever spent a day playing a racing videogame, you might find feel this way for a moment when you get into a car, as your brain adjusts back to reality. But it's hard to imagine that anyone would actually change their driving habits because of a game, unless they were really, well, stupid and reckless. Of course, young drivers have always been known to make stupid and reckless decisions, long before the advent of videogames, just as there has always been violence and obesity too.

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    Arochone, 27 Dec 2006 @ 12:52pm

    TORCS

    Lemme tell ya, there may be a bit of truth to this. I'm fully against blaming videogames for violence and such, but I'm just learning to drive, and playing TORCS for about 10 minutes screwed me up pretty bad. And if you know anything about TORCS, it's a pretty crappy racing game. Came free on Mandriva. Didn't take long to adjust, and nothing bad happened from it, but if I was playing Need for Speed all day long, I dunno. I have a friend who crashed his dirtbike and spent the recovery time playing Motocross Madness a few years ago. Took him a month or two to be able to get back on the bike.

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