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People who regularly play driving games are poorer drivers, according to a study by Continental Tyres.
Researchers found motorists who play on driving games such as Need for Speed and Formula 1 are more likely to crash, run a red light and are less successful at carrying out every day manoeuvres.
Source (Italian Tom's HW)
Link to the original article: http://www.conti-online.com/generato...eo-gaming.html

What do you think about it?
People should understand the difference between the digital and real world...
If I run fast is just cause I want/like it, not cause NFS is telling me to (but I might be wrong since I'm in the middle of a 9months driving license retrival for excessive speed )

Your 2 cents come on!
post #2 of 94
Rofl, Need for speed?

Well no way, so boy racers who play that garbage actually are wreckless drivers?

I'm shocked an appalled.

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However, when quizzed further, they tend to speed more often, claim on their insurance more regularly and believe that any problem can be solved by resetting their game.
..ok, they either:

1. dislike gamers and video games

2. are joking

3. studied idiots. ( i think this one)

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One in five gamers said it makes them a better driver and more than half would be confident to teach a learner driver compared to 21 per cent of non-gamers.
If you think playing Need For Speed makes you a better driver, you are an idiot.
Edited by Thingamajig - 2/2/11 at 6:45am
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And they are considered ‘over-confident’ by non-gamers and a potential risk because they might repeat their virtual driving approach in the real world.

glad to see this study is so scientific
    
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O RLY?

I kinda, follow the speed limits and drive in lane when I play any racing game.
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First off, that depends on what gamers they are looking at. Console gamers who use gamepads, or PC who (a lot, including my self) use Steering Wheels for a good bit. Further, most of the racing games out are not realistic sims. but whatever.

ANd if coarse, when i start gettign chased by the cops for testing out my car's ability to take 10 Head on collisions in a row, i just go back in time therefore re-setting the game. I thought this was common knowledge that heavy gamers knew how to open a wormhole into the time they wish without creating a paradox.
Edited by Kevlo - 2/2/11 at 6:45am
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O RLY?

I kinda, follow the speed limits and drive in lane when I play any racing game.
That's what I thought. I never put myself of others in danger and if I push a little the pedal it means the street is completely empty (or highway at least)
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Meh, not scientific but I believe it. It's not that they are poorer drivers, more that they are more prone to taking risks (and them not pulling off).
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I don't agree with what they say. If you play driving games that feels like real driving, eg: GTR2, RFactor, GPL, GTL or even the GT series in the way they are meant to be played, your driving skills should improve.
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Almost every racing game I've played has stated in the beginning that the maneuvers in the game are not to be tried unless your are a professional on a racetrack with a car that adheres to the standards. I thought THAT part was simple enough to understand, but I know people are out there who think that they SHOULD drive like they do in the video games, so I can see this as being true.
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I don't agree with what they say. If you play driving games that feels like real driving, eg: GTR2, RFactor, GPL, GTL or even the GT series in the way they are meant to be played, your driving skills should improve.
Not really. Your racing skills may improve as you grasp better concepts of grip, acceleration, cornering, clipping points etc... but all it translates to on a proper road is an increased risk taking attitude.

Things like RFactor aren't realistic enough to give you tangible skills in driving, they are more about giving you a mind more suited to racing. I'm trying to explain myself but failing So, spending 1000 hours will not make you any safer at taking a 45 degree corner, just teach you how to approach it optimally to carry through the most speed!
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