Playing Call of Duty Can Improve Your Driving Skills

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,533   +3,902
I find it interesting that while the studies used for this article were all several years old.... it gets released now... and mentions "Call of Duty" multiple times...

I find it even more interesting that the new Call of Duty game was released just a month ago.... and isn't getting the rave reviews that Activision wanted (or perhaps NEEDED considering the stuff going on with that company right now)...

Could these things be connected? Nah...
 

elementalSG

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Last week, I was in the left lane driving on the highway. Suddenly a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the middle lane decided to merge right into me! (This, despite having Blind Spot Warning lights.) The Grand Cherokee was less than a foot away before I realized they didn't care I was honking my horn.

I swear if I hadn't been playing racing games such Forza, Project Cars and Forza Horizon during the pandemic, I would never have had the acuity or the reaction time to hit the brakes and get out of the way of the ***** driver and most certainly would've been in a terrible accident.

Skills from video games can definitely help keep you safe in the real world!
 

mattferg

Posts: 201   +194
I find it interesting that while the studies used for this article were all several years old.... it gets released now... and mentions "Call of Duty" multiple times...

I find it even more interesting that the new Call of Duty game was released just a month ago.... and isn't getting the rave reviews that Activision wanted (or perhaps NEEDED considering the stuff going on with that company right now)...

Could these things be connected? Nah...

Given that Vanguard IS getting good reviews, and TechSpot operates in the EU and is required to declare paid promotional articles, no, they’re not connected.
 

Squid Surprise

Posts: 4,533   +3,902
Given that Vanguard IS getting good reviews, and TechSpot operates in the EU and is required to declare paid promotional articles, no, they’re not connected.
Sorry... by reviews... I meant SALES... and those are down year-over-year...

As for Techspot declaring paid promotional articles.... that's only true if THEY are the ones getting paid... but this article, like most that they post in the "news" section, is simply reposted from a different site (use google, you will find this article in numerous places), and I would guess that one of THOSE sites got paid...
 

Arbie

Posts: 323   +594
Some years ago I was brutally rear-ended while stopped in traffic on a freeway. Somehow I had the reflexes to steer into the grass median instead of hitting the car in front of me. I like to attribute that to FPS gaming :)
 

Maxiking

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The schocking state of "science" is astonishing.

"The researchers tested this by having the two groups keep a cursor within a white square as it moved around a computer screen. At first, both groups performed equally. As the participants continued to practice, the gamers showed far better and quicker improvement in keeping the cursor in the square than non-gamers."

"They tested participants using a driving simulator. One group played action games for 5 to 10 hours, and the other played slower-paced games. The study found that the action players performed markedly better in subsequent simulator testing than the non-action players.

This literally proves nothing except that the gamers were more proficient with a mouse due to gaming, aka the more you use any tool, the better you get."

Results in the driving simulator do not tell how the person would perform IRL.

We already know that performing any activity alters the structure of the brain. If you read a lot, you will develop the area/areas responsible for reading and processing, they will increase in size. If you stop reading, the changes will revert. So no, those results are not permanent, nor semipermanent. The area will eventually shrink, it just takes time. It took years to develop, it will take years to shrink, not just the six months when the study was performed.

This is not science, this is tier 3 garbage pseudo science.
 

Guberian

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I never knew a game which aims for you on the controller could make your hand eye coordination better. If you want good example if hand eye coordination play valorant or csgo.
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 5,661   +6,447
I speed all the time and ignore the arbitrarily low speed limits.

The only time I do keep to the posted 25mph limits is when there's a speed camera. Other than that, they can forget it.

And when you're pushing over 707 HP, you can't be limited to 25MPH.
 

Gastec

Posts: 177   +93
I speed all the time and ignore the arbitrarily low speed limits.

The only time I do keep to the posted 25mph limits is when there's a speed camera. Other than that, they can forget it.

And when you're pushing over 707 HP, you can't be limited to 25MPH.
Bullshit!
 

sac39507

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I'm in my mid 40's and have been playing COD on PC for many years. I do notice my cognitive abilities are much sharper and keen compared to others I know around my age that don't play.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 639   +554
Not shocking, if for no other reason then reaction time. One thing I see looking at various crash videos on Youtube (a guilty hobby, I know) is how *slow* most people are to react. Guys who play CoD aren't going to have >1 second reaction times.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 639   +554
Bullshit!

*Very* few people follow the speed limits when given the chance; don't try and be a boy scout here.

Here on Long Island, our Highway speed limits are 55. You can be reasonably sure that as long as you aren't driving like a *****, you can blow by cops doing 75 and not seriously have to worry. And honestly, 70-75 is moving speed out here.

I've long said: Raise the Highway speed limit to 70 and actually enforce it. Right now, my best guess if 75 is the "unofficial" limit.
 

Gastec

Posts: 177   +93
*Very* few people follow the speed limits when given the chance; don't try and be a boy scout here.

Here on Long Island, our Highway speed limits are 55. You can be reasonably sure that as long as you aren't driving like a *****, you can blow by cops doing 75 and not seriously have to worry. And honestly, 70-75 is moving speed out here.

I've long said: Raise the Highway speed limit to 70 and actually enforce it. Right now, my best guess if 75 is the "unofficial" limit.
I also tend to go past the speed limit quite often (like every other driver out there) but what username QuantumPhysics writes is still bullshit.