Apparently, There is Some Debate Over Whether or Not Playing Video Games Makes You a Better Driver

Before I got my driver’s license in 2003, I played a lot of GTA: Vice City. Once I finally got behind the wheel on my own, I discovered that whenever I would see a motorcycle on the highway, I would get a really strong urge to run it the hell over. It was almost reflex, really, because ¬†every single time I saw a motorcycle driving around Vice City I would chase it down and kill the person riding it.

Thankfully, this urge did not translate into action, and to date my only car wrecks came as the result of me having a seizure while driving, and that hasn’t happened in six years. I’ve driven through 34 states since the last time I had any sort of traffic accident, and I’ve never even gotten a traffic ticket. And in all that time I keep playing GTA games.

What that means is anyone’s guess, and those in the scholarly sector seemingly aren’t any more sure about what that means than I am.

You might remember that back in September I wrote about a study the University of Rochester did that said gamers are better decision-makers than non-gamers. We got this quote from that study: “As you drive, for instance, you may see a movement on your right, estimate whether you are on a collision course, and based on that probability make a binary decision: brake or don’t brake.” The gamer, they say, is more likely to make the correct choice.

But that’s old news. Today, The Sixth Axis informs us that the new issue of the magazine Metro features a study by Continental Tires that says playing driving games makes people crazy on the roads.

“Fans of titles such as Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto are more likely to crash when they get behind the wheel. They also have a higher tendency to try risky overtaking moves, run red lights and suffer road rage.”

Whatever, man.

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