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Study: Car Racing Games Lead to Bad Driving

Razor05
03-19-2007, 05:51 PM
As per TeamXbox:

Study: Car Racing Games Lead to Bad Driving
By: CÚsar A. Berardini - "Cesar"
Mar. 19th, 2007 4:44 pm

Reuters reports a study performed by German researchers that investigates whether playing racing games can promote risk taking in actual road traffic situations.

The researchers found that the frequency of playing racing games was positively associated with competitive driving, obtrusive driving, and car accidents; a negative association with cautious driving was also observed.

"Driving actions in these games often include competitive and reckless driving, speeding and crashing into other cars or pedestrians, or performing risky stunts with the vehicle. In short, most actions in racing games imply a very high risk of having an accident or severe crash in a highly realistic virtual road traffic environment," the researchers wrote.

Do you think that PGR or Forza have affected your driving at all? If so, did playing these video games get you into car accidents?

ragemaster68
03-19-2007, 06:03 PM
I've played racing games since i was 6. Never had an acident or so much as a speeding ticket.

I'm sure Hilary Clinton will cite this soon enough :p

junehhan
03-19-2007, 07:41 PM
Jacky Thompson will probably now try to get games like the NFS series rated mature or some crap like that. Video games are always being blamed because its so easy.

jcarno
03-19-2007, 07:55 PM
I can attest to this. Although I don't play xbox games I do play GTR2 on PC. I have a Logitech MOMO Force Wheel with the shifter on the right side of the wheel. I own a 2000 Dodge Stratus with the shifter down on the console. After playing GTR2 for even a half hour and jumping in my car I constantly find my hand resting on the shifter and wanting to shift up or down. The car is an automatic. Also, I find myself speeding up to stop lights and stop signs to beat the breaking zones. It takes alot of discipline to fight this stuff.

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:51 AM
euters reports a study performed by German researchers that investigates whether playing racing games can promote risk taking in actual road traffic situations.

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:52 AM
The researchers found that the frequency of playing racing games was positively associated with competitive driving, obtrusive driving, and car accidents; a negative association with cautious driving was also observed.

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:53 AM
"Driving actions in these games often include competitive and reckless driving, speeding and crashing into other cars or pedestrians, or performing risky stunts with the vehicle. In short, most actions in racing games imply a very high risk of having an accident or severe crash in a highly realistic virtual road traffic environment,":busy:

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:55 AM
A study by British driving institution BSM has found that young drivers are more apt to speed and drive recklessly after playing a racing game, reports the BBC.

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:56 AM
A survey showed that more than a third of 1,000 subjects polled are more likely to push the gas a little harder after playing a racing game, and 27 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 "admitted more risk-taking on the road after a gaming session."

rosy8235
09-29-2008, 02:57 AM
Hi,:hithere:

I agree with the study after playing a game like Need for Speed or PGR3 I want to speed a lot more than I always do. I also like to take sharp turns and blow through stop signs....now that I think about maybe this is wrong once when am returning from pictuer hall at night time no traffic was on road i just tried very fast driving and i need to take u turn but unfortunately met with an accident so that was my bad experience..i suggest its not good to drive speedly that we experience in games..
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Pinoy
09-29-2008, 03:36 AM
I can drive like nobody's business... but I wouldn't act a fool on public roads regardless of what game I've been playing.

Jacky Thompson will probably now try to get games like the NFS series rated mature or some crap like that. Video games are always being blamed because its so easy.
Old Jack has been disbarred :yippee:

A study by British driving institution BSM has found that young drivers are more apt to speed and drive recklessly after playing a racing game, reports the BBC.

A survey showed that more than a third of 1,000 subjects polled are more likely to push the gas a little harder after playing a racing game, and 27 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 "admitted more risk-taking on the road after a gaming session."

I bolded the problem in your post, young drivers are always more apt to make bad decisions.

admo
09-29-2008, 06:44 AM
I would thing that those individuals who are aggressive drivers, who drive the way the study says, are more inclined to play racing games.

I'd have to actually read the full study, but it doesn't seem that there is any link that says one causes the other, only that there is a link.