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.
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.