Racing games ‘breed’ bad drivers… or NOT

Racing games ‘breed’ bad drivers

I thought this showed, yet again, a poor level of journalism on behalf of the BBC.
Anyone with a small amount of intellect can see, even by reading the BBCs article, that the report was flawed.

They took two groups of people.
The first, control, group played sedate computer games like solitaire and Tetris.
The second, test, group played racing games.

Then they took both groups into a driving simulator [emphasis intended] and found, surprise surprise, that the second group drove dangerously.

What the hell did they expect?

After going from one simulated driving experience to another I would expect people to act far more alike in these environments.

To do a genuinely scientific test they need to;
Take both test groups out before the test on real roads to test their aptitude.
Take both test groups out after the test on real roads to test their aptitude.
Then make the comparison.

Anything less is bad science.

And the fact that no one at the BBC was capable enough to spot this, or even find an opposing voice from the games industry, is ridiculous.

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