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Playing Computer Games May Help You to Get Insurance Discount

Posted by AndyLee Tuesday October 7 2008 at 3:45AM
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Recently there seems to be more positive views about the video games. I have read many reports, such as " Gamers Are Smarter, study Shows", "Gaming Makes Kids Better Citizens". This time, a new report from CNN claims that a insurance company wants to find out whether computer games can turn people over 50 into better driver. In that case, you should play game with your old man to help him get an insurance discount!

The details are as below:

Under a new pilot program called InSight, Allstate will offer specialized computer games to 100,000 customers in Pennsylvania aged 50 to 75. The games' developer, San Francisco-based Posit Science, will track the total number of hours these drivers play.

Then the group's accident rates will be compared to a control group of people who do not play the games.

The games are not all specific to driving. They're designed to reverse age-related cognitive decline and improve visual alertness.

For example, a game called "Jewel Diver" has players keep track of underwater jewels that pop up on the screen for a moment before they are hidden under fish swimming around. When the fish stop moving, players click on the fish hiding the jewel. It's like Three Card Monte but without the cheating. Over time, the game gets more complicated as more fish appear on the screen.

Allstate recommends that drivers complete at least 10 hours of training. It's being given as a free option to the 100,000 Pennsylvania drivers, and Allstate plans to decide next year whether to roll it out in other states.

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streea writes:

Interesting news, thanks. Soon, video games will rule the world! But at least it'll be a safer place to drive in.

Tue Oct 07 2008 9:40AM Report writes:
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