According to this story, 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?
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.