Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Are racing games corrupting the youth?

It’s difficult to decide whether driving games are acceptable or horrid in the real world of driving. I, myself, have had experience with these games and find them to be as fun as hell but to see young loved ones, like my little brother and cousins, drive like maniacs and crash into every car on the road seems to be… well, not as cool.

Racing games like Need For Speed and Grand Theft Auto might influence poor driving habits, including speeding and tailgating. Teaching youngsters to drive as fast as they can to complete a “special mission,” or steal cars to escape the police can foster bad ideas. Even the first thing said on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is “Be on the look out for suspects traveling at high speeds.” In the games, the police will be right on your tail, forcing you to hit the gas hard. Although these games can be seen as a negative influence, there are also positive educational video games as well.

Everyone’s seen how fast he or she can drive on a racing game. I’ll use my little brother for example. I’ve seen him so many times tying to go as fast he can then purposely crashing into other cars just to see sparks fly. He can spend hours upon hours doing the exact same thing usually being as destructive as possible. Even I’ve made it up to at least 199mph… then of course I crashed into a telephone pole.

Having experience with real cars before ever playing these games, I don’t have a problem with wrecking the cars while seeing these as non-reality games. However, the younger age groups may not see it as a game when they hit the streets. They don’t really know the potential danger of getting in a wreck, because in a video game when they crash and burn they can just start over.

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