According to this
skills achieved playing Mario Kart gave this boy nerves of steel when
his grandmother loss consciousness while cruising down a highway. The
boy saved the day by steering the car off into a mud patch, slowing the
car down and saving the day. Luck? Skills? You decide!
I played my fair share of racing games as a kid and I distinctively
remember my first time in a car at drivers ed. The instructor was rather
surprised that I drove perfectly aligned with the lane, even on turns,
and I could park in any situation without a second attempt. When he
asked if this was honestly the first time I drove, I said does playing
Need for Speed count? :)
What are your thoughts and stories?
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He was kind of lucky there was a mud patch near by, but yeah, it
probably gave him a cool head in an emergency. I think racing games help
to understand managing a car in a skid condition, which is definitely
useful in real life, especially if you live in the north where there is
a lot of snow and ice. If it’s too icy, it’s pretty hopeless once it
goes into a skid, though. It could also turn kids into worse hot dog
drivers, and that’s dangerous. Every once in a while I do a skid u turn
in slippery conditions because it’s fun, but I’m pretty careful to make
sure there aren’t any cars around.
Simulation doesn’t get used enough for real world training purposes. It
could be used a lot more, like for running complex machinery, etc. We
still need a lot better input systems, like gloves and vr goggles. I
would think businesses would using them more than they do. Education is
kind of the same deal. We’re stuck in the read chapter, take test mode.
Tutorials could be a lot more interactive, like they are for games.
There was a case in the papers of a man who landed a light aircraft
using skills learned playing flight simulators. Apparently the pilot had
a heart attack.
Don’t know if it was true or not.