AU Cops Say Games Make Teens Sucky Drivers

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AU Cops Say Games Make Teens Sucky Drivers

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Apparently, kids in Australia don't understand the difference between pretend driving and real driving.

Authorities in Australia have taken to blaming a perceived increase in youthful indiscretion behind the wheel of automobiles on videogames. They claim more young drivers are driving drunk, speeding, and getting their licenses revoked, as a result of the supposed sense of invincibility they derive from racing shenanigans in the virtual world.

"Videogames can have a negative impact on young drivers, because it increases their complacency and their indulgence in risk-taking behavior," said New South Wales acting superintendent Dave Evans. "In games you race, you crash, and it is a matter of pressing the buttons and off you go again. In real life it doesn't work that way. You can be killed."

Ok, that's some asinine logic. *Clunk* *scrape* *clunk* - (soapbox being adjusted for proper stability) - pardon me, but isn't part of the allure of playing driving games the fact you can run over people, drive full-speed into oncoming traffic, go careening off of cliffs or buildings, and generally behave like a sociopathic lunatic without hurting yourself or other people in the process? Few sane people are going to engage in such activities, provided they are indeed of sound mind, if the result is almost guaranteed to be their early demise.

To suggest the average Australian kid doesn't know the difference between crashing in a game and coming magically back to life at a button press and crashing in real-life and having to be extricated from the twisted wreck of crushed metal and raced to the hospital is outrageous. Perhaps some kids' inability to drive properly comes from a lack of proper education. Other officials cited in the report pointed to the lack of a formal driving program in some schools and a general need for parents to be stricter on their student drivers as the culprit.

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Apparently, kids don't understand the difference between fiction and reality.

I think with a little adjustment there to make it more wide, you've just helped sum up most complaints against video games ever in regards to them "corrupting the youth".

I know that games like GTA and Twisted Metal taught me that it's perfectly okay to drive around destroying yours (and everyone elses) cars. After all, you can just steal a new one.

I kill people and take their stuff because MMO's tell me that's how to get the Phat Lewts.

Yep. That's totally a fact. Not like we had bad drivers before Video games. I wonder of this Dave Evans has ever taken a look at the sort of shit kids and adults used to do with their cars back in the 60s and 70s.

Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

I thought I was the only one who had a list; who's on yours?

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

I thought I was the only one who had a list; who's on yours?

Well for starters, "Jack Thompson" is written on top, multiple times, in large print, with blood. I'm sure you can fill in the blanks from there.

Nimbus:

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

I thought I was the only one who had a list; who's on yours?

Well for starters, "Jack Thompson" is written on top, multiple times, in large print, with blood. I'm sure you can fill in the blanks from there.

Jack Thompson is no longer a thread; a while back his legal license was erm what's the word, Voided, rejected, cancelled? (something along those lines)

My top of the list is everyone remotely involved with EA (even the coffee guy)

Hillary Clinton is on mine.

Wow... I never through video game haters would step to even driving... Ok so the only proof of that you have if a person who actually crashes has a racing game or gta copy... Why not just blame anyone with a computer/console I mean almost any young driver has atleast played a game where you drive something. It's like blaming a sex offenders' act on the fact that porn exists... It really looks comfortable on their part tho, lets get some "experts" to say they have found real evidence (that nobody can see) that blames the modern day crap on gamers.

Did they really use the word 'sucky'?

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

I thought I was the only one who had a list; who's on yours?

Well for starters, "Jack Thompson" is written on top, multiple times, in large print, with blood. I'm sure you can fill in the blanks from there.

Jack Thompson is no longer a thread; a while back his legal license was erm what's the word, Voided, rejected, cancelled? (something along those lines)

My top of the list is everyone remotely involved with EA (even the coffee guy)

He is now a writer for an online magazine, right? Oh, the irony!

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

Here Here!

Austrailia seem very into this blame stuff on games trend dosent it? I think bad driving is the result of poor consentraition, lack of training and police.

Nathan Meunier:
"In games you race, you crash, and it is a matter of pressing the buttons and off you go again. In real life it doesn't work that way. You can be killed.

This guy is a visionary. How did we not see this before? Driving fast is dangerous, huh... hmm...

I have to mull this over. My world view has just been shattered.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Did they really use the word 'sucky'?

I was going to say the same thing, being a police force they should should have used a better word. Why do video games get ripped on for everything that goes wrong now-a-days? Like honestly, its not like teens are bad drivers because they are inexperienced. No, no, no, thats simply absurd!

I wish NASA would hurry up with their teraforming research. That way we can round up all the conservatives and put them on the moon, where they can't bother the rest of us.

I've simply understood that Police, in almost any country, lie like rugs.

Looks like the APF got tired of blaming booze and the Lebanese... eh, a lot aussie kids these days are a bunch of fucking morons these days.

Australian driver have always been wankers. I don't think videogames have anything to do with it. P platers (you have to have these plates with a P on them for two years after you get your licence.) are always speeding, swearing at other cars and doing other "risky" things. This really is nothing new. Just someone not liking games.

I don't know about you guys, but when I started driving, seeing as how I wasn't using a controller for a control interface, I didn't try to drive like it was a video game.

xitel:
I don't know about you guys, but when I started driving, seeing as how I wasn't using a controller for a control interface, I didn't try to drive like it was a video game.

No?

Amnestic:

xitel:
I don't know about you guys, but when I started driving, seeing as how I wasn't using a controller for a control interface, I didn't try to drive like it was a video game.

No?

I want that wheel.

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:

nathan-dts:

Nimbus:
Video games get blamed for yet another of the worlds problems. Congratulations police force of Austrailia, you just made my list.

I thought I was the only one who had a list; who's on yours?

Well for starters, "Jack Thompson" is written on top, multiple times, in large print, with blood. I'm sure you can fill in the blanks from there.

Jack Thompson is no longer a thread; a while back his legal license was erm what's the word, Voided, rejected, cancelled? (something along those lines)

My top of the list is everyone remotely involved with EA (even the coffee guy)

You're looking for "disbarred"

Anyway, don't forget that dude in south Australia who's name escapes me.

EDIT: Michael Atkinson, right?

honestly my brother love racing games and the way he drives isnt very smooth, and he has aroung 24 years

Amnestic:

xitel:
I don't know about you guys, but when I started driving, seeing as how I wasn't using a controller for a control interface, I didn't try to drive like it was a video game.

No?

See now, I don't use steering wheels for video games. I use the analog sticks. So... that would be the difference.

Well... to tell the truth there's only one thing missing. People complaining about aliens going extinct because of video games.

Uhh, hello? Maybe you guys should listen to the people actually affected by this, instead of just saying its baseless automatically (which is baseless itself if you think about it). As a young Australian driver, he has a point. Too many times I'm tempted to just ram the guy ahead of me.

I love driving like a maniac in GTA4 throwing grenades out the window as I run people over and generally cause as much havoc as possible, but I'm careful and cautious behind the wheel. I have to be; I'm taking my driving test next week.

Indigo_Dingo:
Uhh, hello? Maybe you guys should listen to the people actually affected by this, instead of just saying its baseless automatically (which is baseless itself if you think about it). As a young Australian driver, he has a point. Too many times I'm tempted to just ram the guy ahead of me.

Sure, but is it inspired by your playing of video-games?

It's true! I used to be a great driver. And then I played Burnout...

*Cries* They wouldn't stop bleeding!

i cant count the number of times i been tempted to drive like a maniac after having played way too much gran turismo. those endurance races alone were enough to push me past the point of safe driving on my way to pick up a much deserved victory 18-pack. wheee!

If you think you can run head first into a semi and keep on driving then by all means try it. I call it Darwinism.

xitel:

Amnestic:

xitel:
I don't know about you guys, but when I started driving, seeing as how I wasn't using a controller for a control interface, I didn't try to drive like it was a video game.

No?

See now, I don't use steering wheels for video games. I use the analog sticks. So... that would be the difference.

Ah, but you do not represent every gamer, so while your argument works for you, it doesn't apply to everyone out there. Heck, thebobmaster has already expressed an interest in the wheel and he's only seen a picture!

Now while I don't agree with the AU cops and think they can kindly go look for another scapegoat for AU teen drivers sucking, I was merely making the observation that your argument might not reflect the EveryGamer and as such is flawed :)

Amnestic:

xitel:

Amnestic:

No?

See now, I don't use steering wheels for video games. I use the analog sticks. So... that would be the difference.

Ah, but you do not represent every gamer, so while your argument works for you, it doesn't apply to everyone out there. Heck, thebobmaster has already expressed an interest in the wheel and he's only seen a picture!

Now while I don't agree with the AU cops and think they can kindly go look for another scapegoat for AU teen drivers sucking, I was merely making the observation that your argument might not reflect the EveryGamer and as such is flawed :)

But that assumes that I was attempting to make an argument intended to represent the Everygamer. Rather, in this case I was positing a statement reflecting my own semi-unique personality. Therefore, your argument that my argument does not represent the Everygamer, while not flawed, is moot.

Ok, I see now! It all makes perfect sense! Finally, someone in the world figured out who invented car crashes. Thank Nayru this has been told to us, horrid sinners. It is all so obvious now, the first car accident came right after the first racing game. Thanks Mr. Evans, I'm glad to find out the lack of proper parental supervision isn't detrimental to anything in the world, yet again.

-This sarcasim filled post brought to you by: Gerber brand baby food. Now 100% more monkey!-

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