Racing games increase the excitement of players behind the virtual steering wheel, which can make them more likely to encounter problems when driving in real life.
Thanks to vivid effects and top-notch graphics, many racing games today are capable of extremely realistic simulation, such as Asphalt, Need for Speed, Forza or Project CARS. Some believe that real-time vehicle control skills can be improved through such speed games. This concept is not necessarily correct.
A recent survey of CensusWide conducted on 1,250 people in the UK, showing that people who play racing games tend to be more reckless and unsafe than those with less contact with the game genre. this.
Specifically, more than 20% of the survey participants admitted to having tested the skills they had seen or learned on real-life racing games. In the group of people who regularly play racing games, 26% had at least twice committed traffic violations. This figure for a group of people who rarely or never play is only 17%.
In addition, the study also found that on average, each person involved in the accident involved 1.3 accidents since obtaining the license, more than 2 times the average of the total number of participants in the survey was 0, 6.
Notably, 59% of the survey respondents admitted that games sometimes made them “hallucinate” about their driving skills, 55% agreed that game publishers should emphasize more. on the dangers that players can face in real life.
To be suitable for many ages, the collision phase in the game often does not have human images, making deterrence not really high.
However, the conclusion of CensusWide is somewhat in conflict with a 2010 study by the University of Rochester (USA). A survey 9 years ago showed that video games help increase the player’s reflexes in real life dangerous situations.
In 2017, the British government even made the racing game Gran Turismo Sport a training course for police drivers. The results showed that some police officers reduced driving time on the same distance as before training, and increased the smoothness and stability when handling situations.
It is undeniable that racing games sometimes give players certain knowledge through the challenges they only have in the virtual world. However, not all gamers can apply those experiences in real terms in a reasonable manner.
After all, the main effect of the game is still entertainment. In real life, the problem cannot be solved in just a few seconds like nothing has happened like in the game.