Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

August 1, 2009 -

Last Sunday morning, a Utah police officer chased a car that blew through stop signs and narrowly missed a pedestrian.  Imagine the pursuing cop’s surprise when the car came to a stop and out popped a 7-year-old boy.

On Thursday, Captain Klint Anderson of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office spoke of the incident to Fox News.  Young Preston Scarbrough told police he had taken the family car because he didn’t want to go to church that morning (he later told his mom he just wanted to give driving a go).

Fox News: “How did he even learn how to [drive]?”

Anderson: “Well, we’re not exactly sure except that his father has grounded him from one of his video games which involves operating vehicles so…”

Fox News: “Something like a Grand Theft Auto, something like that?”

Anderson: “I have no idea.  I didn’t ask the father what game it was but some of those video games are pretty realistic.”

The following day, the Scarbrough family appeared on NBC's Today Show.  Preston’s father, who initially thought the police sirens outside were coming from one of his boy’s video games, confirmed that the little lawbreaker had been grounded for four days with no TV or games.

We’re going to throw away those driving video games for sure.

Preston, for his part, explained how he learned to drive.

Watched my mom. Watched my sister.

Video of the Today Show segment can be seen here and here.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen


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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 HOLY CRAP! HOLY BLOODY CRAP!

 

My daughter players video games with driving and never thought it was a good idea to hop in a car and drive away. Didn't anyone notice a 7 year old taking keys and leaving out the door? 

And look how they punish his intelligence. The cop was surprised he was 7, obviously he must have been driving pretty well.

"We're throwing away every driving video game!"

 

Even if he did learn to drive from a video game, he already knows how! Why throw them away now?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Well obviously if they keep these games around he'll slowly upgrade from just driving the car, to street racing, and then Formula 1. It's common sense really.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I am as right wing as it get’s and I’ll tell you. You shouldn’t force someone to conform to your beliefs. Yes as a parent you have a right and moral reasonability to raise your children and you also have Freedom of Religion something Liberals can only appeals if they decided to start another Civil War like the War they started to protect their right to enslave and because an evil vile Christian Republican was elected.
 

But anyways, if a child objects to a religious ceremony he shouldn’t be forced to go but I can see myself as a child saying no to my father. There would be problems and my glasses would have been broke 

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I am curious to how right wingers can harp on how they are for freedom on one hand and on the other scream that this is a Christian nation and that no one else matters?

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Because liberals always harp on how religion poisons the mind, even though the only nation that guarantees their rights to say that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and has a legal system based entirely on laws based on biblical lessons.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Wow dude? Seriously the whole "liberals started the civil war and want to remove freedom of (and from, it reads correctly both ways) religion" has nothing to do with anything in this story.

I'm a liberal, I'm also spiritual (I don't say religious because I reserve that term for people who subscribe to a standardized religion with specific rules, beliefs, etc.) I believe slavery was and always is wrong, I believe everyone has a right to practice their own religion without fear or persecution, and I believe everyone is free to live outside the constraints of other people's religion.

If as  child I had told my parents I didn't want to attend church because I disagreed with the things being taught, they would have left me home and counted themselves lucky to have a child intelligent enough to voice that arguement. If I said I dont' wanna go because I get bored or I want to play instead I would have been told to get in the car. Breaking my glasses... well no but that would be because that would have just cost them money.

You and I don't disagree on these points really, so it's a bit silly to bring in the liberal V. conservative arguement and try to make it sound like one side is bad and one is good.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Breaking news: Government replaces driving test requirement for license with a standard 36 hours of play on any of the following games:

Grand Theft Auto

Need For Speed (1 or 2)

Gran Turismo

Seriously how friggin retarded are the police in our country?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Driving a car (especially if it has an automatic transmission) is hard? I knew all the basics of driving when I was seven too from watching how it was done. It's not at all complex. You have two pedals, one that makes the car accelerate and one that makes it stop, you have a steering wheel for turning which isn't that far off of turning on a bicycle or a big wheel if you ever had one, then there's shifting the car into the correct gear which is also extremely simplistic. I could "drive" before (with the assistance of sitting on my mother's lap since I was too short to reach the pedals and see) I ever even had my own game console, in this case an NES. What I'd like to know is how he reached the pedals while still being able to see over the dash. How tall is the kid? I'm betting that's where the problems came in.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

It's not THAT simple without automatic transmission...

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Except the huge majority of cars are automatic transmission. I doubt this kid would've gotten anywhere if it was a standard. It's much more difficult to learn that from just watching.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I'm more disturbed by the media's attempt to link an M-rated game to a 7 year old, than anything else in this story.

I'm not saying that no parents, anywhere, would let their 7 year old play GTA, but come on.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Ok, not one to stand behind Fox News or anything, especially after the Mass Effect fiasco, but seriously, did any of you who are yelling about how they jumped on the "video games did this" actually watch the clip? All she asks is if GTA, a very commonly known game for non-gamers, was an example of a possible game where he could have learned. After that one mention, it doesnt come up again. Just relax people. Oh, and not all Churches harbor child molestors, so drop that now please.

If there is irony for this story, though, its that Law and Order: SVU just showed an episode about a 7 year old who stole his foster-parents car and did basically the same thing. And no, he wasnt molested.

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In war, truth is the first casualty.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

The problem is that they immediately name Grand Theft Auto, a game where driving isn't the focus of the experience - it's mostly a way from point A to point B. Compare to a game like Gran Turismo 3, which is more popular, features gearshifting, and is all about driving cars.

 

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

To be fair, the Faux News people probably haven't even heard of Gran Turismo.  When they hear "video game" they immediately think of Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, Doom, maybe RapeLay if they've picked up on the hand-wringing over that.  To them, there aren't any other kinds of games besides violent ones.

Ohyeah and Mass Effect, though I suspect they try their best not to think about that one anymore.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Sounds like he just didn't want to go to church. Not everyone likes church.

Me, church puts me to sleep, literally. I walk in, and I want to sleeeep. Others, hate it. Some feel tingles just walking in their. Church is NOT (in my opinion) for the sane.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Just think, maybe if his parents weren't so focused on teaching him to reject rational thought and accept dogma he would have come up with a better idea than doing something so dangerous and stupid. 

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

It wasn't videogames... it was obviously Satan. Then again what's the difference?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

It's had a busy couple of weeks to be sure.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Mabye I should play more video games >>

THen again I can't drive anyway <<

 


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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 Nice entry for "World's Dumbest Parents."

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

No matter how good the racing wheel is, and some of them are awesome, they can only give you the basics - One pedal makes you go faster, one makes you go slower, turning the wheel turns the car.

The only home video game that I can think of with an actual gearshift is Steel Battalion, and that's not even a driving game.  It's awesome, though.

 

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Some have a manual gear shift box, clutch pedal, and force feedback wheel that reacts like actual wheels do.

I'm sure this kid didn't have that kind of setup, but saying one cannot learn to operate a motor vehicle from simulation software is just ridiculous.

Or am I only supposed to count console gaming hardware?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 This child is a hero for escaping church, when I was his age I was stuck in these catholic bible classes in public school. If I had the opportunity to steal a car, I probably wouldn't. But this kid did all that he could to escape, and he should feel proud, not bad.

Sure he did something illegal, but remember, he escaped church. Do any of you understand how damn boring it is in a church, thoughts of suicide would have cropped up if it wasn't a sin to think *punchline over*.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 He almost became an hero because he was doing it wrong.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Ugh, gotta love how fast their minds jumped to GTA, typical Faux Noise....

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Isn't Faux Noise a double-negative?

Fox Noise makes sense as Fox Lies, Faux News makes sense as Fake News. But Faux Noise... that's like saying Fake Lies. Which would equate to Real Truths, and Fox News is anything but that.

Not trying to be a jerk... but it just always makes me itch me when I see that combination of words.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Faux Noise = Fake Noise NOT Fake Lies.

Meaning they make shit up just for the sake of making noise.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 

It wasn't GTA. No, it was another game. A game that has plagued society since the dawn of time. A game that is so evil and seductive it has caused millions of children and adults become addicted to the point of exhaustion until death. Death is the only escape.
 
There are a few, however, that can handle the intense obligations this game imposes. The intense hours of training that slip into days, then weeks which leads to the years needed to master this game. Preston Scarbrough has proven to be one of those people, perhaps the leader of an ancient society of children known to train exclusively on video games in an attempt to crush God fearing, decent people throughout the world. We’re through the looking glass people.
 
No, Preston didn’t train on GTA. Preston trained on none other than Mario Kart Wii. The latest and most dangerous plague on civilization since the fall of Lucifer.
 
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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

 In my opinion, I think the focus is on the wrong thing here.  It doesn't really matter how he learned to drive.  Whether from a video game or not.  It's the appropriate application of that knowledge that the kid was obviously lacking.

I'm not particularly fond of guns, but I'm okay with gun ownership provided the owner is responsible.  Now, I don't doubt that playing a light gun game can help you (maybe not teach you) become a better shot.  But having the knowledge to shoot a gun is a far cry from using one to shoot innocent people.

Just as knowing how to drive a car (even if you learned it from playing a game) is completely unrelated to stealing a car.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I doubt if this kid could even reach the pedals. Must be another slow news day for Fox.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

If I were the father of the child(I'm not) and I went to GP, I would say to the child Screw the 4-day grounding, your banned from tv, video games and the internet forever after a certain sites coverage of this embsaressment(my 2 cents)

To add insult to injury Bill o'rilley called the parents pinheads for letting the kid drive

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

The brain-dead idiot father and Fox News need to get their heads out of their asses. The kid already explained his actions and took responsibility.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

and a kid that takes responsibility is rare in America nowadays

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Anyone taking responsibility is rare in the US nowadays.


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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Anyone taking responsibility is rare anywhere nowadays.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Hey, don't lump ME in with those assholes!

 

(that's me refusing to take responsibility for being a generally irresponsible American)

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Yes. Operating thumbsticks really prepares you for a steering wheel.

I love the part where Faux "News" tries to put the blame on GTA. Are they really that desperate for a scandal?

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

ROFL!

Quick Melanie! We need something to blame!

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

You know my car is controlled by analog sticks.  And everyday on the way to work I launch my car into a 360 degree spiral, hit the ground, and keep on moving.  On the other hand if my bumper taps into any solid object seven or eight times my car will explode, true story.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Heh, reminds me of Men in Black 2, when Tommy Lee Jones couldn't figure out how to use the dual analog to control the car.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Isn't it far more likely he learned to drive by WATCHING PEOPLE DRIVE! Oh wait, the kid already told us that.

You dont learn to drive by pressing the X button. Pressing the X button does not teach you to open the car door, put keys in, start the ignition, put it in drive (which requires you to go through reverse), reach the pedals, KNOW WHICH PEDAL DOES WHAT, and use a wheel larger than your chest.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I wouldn't blame him, because church sucks.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Gotta love FOX for their instant linking of the event to GTA, actually interrupting their interviewee to insert the controversy

 

"well we don't know what caused it could have been one of them driving videoga-"

"GTA, it was GTA wasnt it! come on tell me it was GTA!"

 

obviously not what they said, but thats how it looked to me when I was reading it, just moving in for the kill when he said games

also whats up with the parents? more concerned with punishing him rather than finding the REASON that he wanted to leg it?

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

I was gonna say... The way they just *jumped* at it. Yikes.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

What's up with the parents?  They take his game away because he STOLE A CAR and instigated a police chase?  Yeah, they TOTALLY overreacted.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Actually, it was stated that he took off in the car because he didn't want to go to church.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Was it his car?  No.

Did he have permission to take the car?  No.

Therefore, he stole a car.  Regardless of the reason behind it.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Sure, great idea, let's not investigate why he didn't want to go to church, i nfact, let's ignore the chance he was being abused, since if he was getting abused they are people of god and therefore right ot do so.

Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Has anyone, anywhere suggested abuse?  Did the child say he didn't want to go to church because somebody hurt him?  If either of these is the case, then it's news to me, and it sure as fuck wasn't mentioned above.  What was mentioned above was the kid didn't want to go to church, so he took a car and instigated a low-speed police chase to get out of going to church.  It was suggested by either his father or Fox News that gaming was the culprit, even though the child himself said on national television that he learned to drive while watching his sister and mom (which, in my opinion, would have been the perfect opportunity to mention any abuse).  For his actions, his father punished him for taking his games away.  Considering stealing a car is a FELONY, I think taking his games away is a pretty tame punishment, much to the chagrin of just about everybody here, apparently, as you seem to think that no children deserved to be punished for doing anything wrong.

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Re: Did 7-year-old Learn to Drive From Video Games?

Wow... lemme say you just convinced me with that infallible and complete logic.

 
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