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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    Scott, 27 Dec 2006 @ 7:54pm

    Riiiight

    Why is everyone pointing fingers at America? Granted, we are a country full of idiots, but clearly WE AREN'T THE ONLY ONES, as the basis of this article is about an accident that took place in NEW ZEALAND, not America. Perhaps the article needs a better writer? But even still, all of this talk about respawning and people driving horrible because of video games, well, it all comes back to A.) responsibility for your actions (as mentioned so much ahead of my post) and B.) better parenting (because if your parents had told you that video games WEREN'T real then you probably wouldn't be driving 150+ mph down the freeway).

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