Vail Christian High School in Colorado hopes to teach students not to text and drive by employing Mario & Co. for a few driving lessons. In a simulation set up by the school, students take the Wii’s motion-sensing wheel in one hand and a cell phone in the other and attempt to text.
Vail is just one of 20 schools using this same program to help teach driving safety. Sounds great, but Mario Kart? Your biggest consequence for a missed turn is falling off the map and getting replaced by a Koopa. Also, I can’t help but think mixing the challenge of a video game with texting is a terrible idea. The first thing I thought when I heard the news was, “I bet I could do it.” The school has added another element of challenge to a driving game, and if we know anything about gamers, they’ll try to beat the best we can throw at them.
One of the tested students said, “I ran into a lot of things and it was very stressful.” Was it $9.6 million stressful? I doubt it.