Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

October 2, 2008 -

Things are looking up for gray gamers.

First there was the Wii, then there was Brain Age, and now this. A pilot program being tested by Allstate may result in over 50's getting cheaper auto insurance for playing video games.

As reported by the Associated Press, Allstate's InSight program will be tested among 50-75 year-olds in Pennsylvania:

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. 
 


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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

Hearing stuff like this about gaming makes me wish I still lived in PA...

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

I work for allstate and I can insure you PA has horrible service from the local providers not allstate itself but yeah PA as a state sucks.

Trying to find any service for a PA member is hard as hell because it seems PA is backwards and literally everything in PA shuts down after 6 it seems.

Don't live in PA, please

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

small factual error in the story Dennis, Brain Age was release on may 19th of 2005, the Wii was released in late 2006, there for brain age was first, not the wii

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

How will the car insurance know if they play video games?

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

They can always ask.

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

they will most likely make them play video games for a certain period of time in a laboratory setting. That way they know what was played and in what amount. How they are going to forbid those from playing video games in the "control group" i'd seriously like to know.

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

My guess is it will be flash games that you need to log on to a website to play. If you been playing the games for a certain amount of time you get a discount. As to how the study will be done? I have no idea.

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

If this study gets a statistically significant result due to a large participant pool, i'm going to ressurect Karl Pearson, and we're going to be hurting some peeps...

/grumble

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

Hmm... I wonder what Jack will say about this. It sucks that no non-members are allowed to post anymore.

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

He is banned for a reason.  Let's stop bringing him up.

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

*growls* I'll bring him up if I want to.

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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

That's fine and everything, but you don't have to bring him up in every news story. Predicting his moves just seems childish, we should leave the Jack comments to Jack news.

Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

He would probably call Dennis a moron for thinking this is news and that this verifies his constant ramblings that video games can train people for good or bad.

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Re: Be Old, Play Games, Get Cheaper Car Insurance

Agreed...  I think JT just needs to smoke a joint...  maybe he would calm down more, but with how paranoid he is, maybe he smoked too much weed...

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E. Zachary KnightSleaker, How is that different from every other credit card company targeting high school and college students?07/30/2014 - 1:40pm
Sleaker@EZK - I think some people are concerned beacuse it's a predatory technique targetted toward younger people that don't understand on top of offering the worst interest rates of any retailer around.07/30/2014 - 11:33am
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Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/podcasting-patent-troll-we-tried-to-drop-lawsuit-against-adam-carolla/ the podcasting patent troll scum is trying to turn tail and run.07/29/2014 - 9:50pm
MaskedPixelanteOf course it's improved. At launch, Origin was scanning your entire hard drive, but now it's just scanning your browsing history. If that's not an improvement, I dunno what is!07/29/2014 - 8:59pm
Papa Midnighthttp://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/columns/experienced-points/12029-Has-EAs-Origin-Service-Improved-Any-Over-the-Last-Two-Years07/29/2014 - 8:25pm
Sora-ChanSo it's just a matter of having better emulation software. If it can be done with a 3DS game, with all the memory and what not it takes up, it can be done with a GBA title through emulation.07/29/2014 - 7:30pm
Sora-ChanOther VC titles for the NES and Gameboy had the same setup where you couldn't access the homescreen without quitting out of the game til a later update when those games were released for the public outside of the founder program.07/29/2014 - 7:28pm
Sora-Chanthe 3DS can, and does, run GBA games, as seen by the founder gifts, which included a number of GBA titles. As for running GBA games and still having access to the home screen, I beleive it's more of the game emulation software needs to be updated.07/29/2014 - 7:27pm
Matthew Wilsonthe 3ds already swaps os's with the original ds. plus I dont think people expect miverse interaction when playing a gba game.07/29/2014 - 6:06pm
MaskedPixelanteBut that's not the issue, the 3DS is perfectly capable of emulating GBA games. The problem is that it doesn't have enough available system resources to run it alongside the 3DS OS, and thus it doesn't have access to stuff like Miiverse and save states.07/29/2014 - 5:45pm
Matthew WilsonI am well aware that it requires more power, but if a GBA emulator could run well on a original psp, than it should work on a 3ds.07/29/2014 - 5:36pm
ZenThe reason the SNES could run Gameboy, or the Gamecube could run GBA was because their adapters included all of the necessary hardware to do it in the respective add-ons. The systems were just conduits for control inputs and video/sound/power.07/29/2014 - 4:51pm
ZenMatthew: Emulation takes more power than people realize to run a game properly. You can make something run on less, but Nintendo...as slow as they are at releasing them..makes them run as close to 100% as possible. Each game has its own emulator for it.07/29/2014 - 4:47pm
Matthew Wilsonkind of hard to believe since the 3ds is atleast as powerful as the gamecube hardware wise.07/29/2014 - 4:27pm
MaskedPixelanteYes, the 3DS has enough power to run 16-bit emulators, but not at the same time it's running the 3DS systems themselves. You could run the games, but you wouldn't get save states or Miiverse.07/29/2014 - 4:04pm
InfophileRunning GBA on 3DS shouldn't be hard. The DS had flashcarts sold for it that added just enough power to emulate GBA and SNES games, so the 3DS should have more than enough natively.07/29/2014 - 3:37pm
 

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