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Mario Kart Saves Lives: Boy Takes Wheel When Grandma Passes Out

Gryffin takes the wheel of his grandmother's car when she passes out, saving their lives

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In a switch from the normally dark, cruel, hate-filled news in gaming culture lately, one video game directly attributed to saving the lives of three rather lucky people earlier this week.

Gryffin and his younger brother were riding with their 74 year old grandmother in Colorado, when she inexplicably passed out--leaving Gryffin, 10, to snatch the wheel before the car could veer into traffic.

He then directed it to the side of the road and in to a muddy ditch. The car was travelling at about 60 miles per hour. No one was hurt, though the situation could have been truly tragic had Gryffin been any less awesome--or had he not been at least somewhat familiar with video games.

Gryffin attests his quick thinking to Mario Kart. 

"My first thought was actually... 'is this a test, or what?'"

While we may think of video games as a brain-mashing pastime that is only fit for the basement dwellers of our generation, this instance really shows how video games, especially to younger children, can help develop reaction times, decision-making and even prepare them for real life situations.

The fact that there were no blue shells helped.

Originally Published Jul. 31st 2013

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  • 1
    miacane86 1 year ago
    I read 'Rothalack (Staff Editor) said: I got too "Mario isn't huge on the gaming scene anymore." and I couldn't read anymore. ', and couldn't believe that was an editor.
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    Raven Hathcock 1 year ago
    Featured Contributor
    I'm glad you posted this Katy. The world needs to see gaming in a more positive light, especially since it's been getting a lot of crap lately in the eyes of those who don't play. This article is great, and should definitely be seen!
  • 1
    DZtruthseek 1 year ago
    "While we may think of video games as a brain-mashing pastime.."
    NOPE!! I certainly don't think that! I'm not included in that way of thinking. I THINK video games are an art-form that's still in it's teenage years but is maturing fast. Some of these works of art are even more profound than most highly rated cinemas. Say what you want, but this medium is one of the most prolific and amazing creations by mankind. I love my video games and they are my life.
  • 37
    SpazldRust 1 year ago
    Columnist
    This needs to be reported because, it's showing games as good. Doesn't matter which game, that doesn't matter, it's the fact that it is not hate filled media crap. It's good news!
  • 37
    SpazldRust 1 year ago
    Columnist
    Gryffin...either spell it Gryphon or Griffin...ah well...I kinda like it. Unique!
  • 1
    Just why 1 year ago
    "While we may think of video games as a brain-mashing pastime that is only fit for the basement dwellers of our generation", Just stop.
    "this instance really shows how video games, especially to younger children, can help develop reaction times, decision-making and even prepare them for real life situations.", This has been proven, Countless times.
  • 1
    6you7me 1 year ago
    Which is ALSO why this article is pointless to have
  • 1
    Verbal_3354 1 year ago
    Who cares if its news worthy. Its one news report out of a million that is showing games in a positive light as opposed to being blamed for the latest massacre of children.
  • 1
    workinjusworkin 1 year ago
    This kid is awesome.
  • 1
    Sunday_4746 1 year ago
    @6you7me If you been gaming since Atari you'd know there are no real casual or hardcore games. Those are just terms made up by gamers who take their past time way too seriously. Mario Kart can be enjoyed by anyone 7 and up at family gatherings and can also be played competitively at tournaments. There was no suddenly becoming casual phase for mario kart. Its always been that way. Lets just give credit to where credit is due. If any game Mario Kart/Daytona/...etc taught a kid to save lives its definately news worthy.
  • 1
    Arnold the Farmer 1 year ago
    ThE REDDIT ARMEH IS HERREE!!!!1!!@!#
  • 1
    Becky_1516 1 year ago
    As a gamer, it is awesome when there are good things said about kids playing video games! Super glad to read this, even happier everyone is okay.
  • 1
    6you7me 1 year ago
    Honestly, this article(and video) seems pointless. It's very great that they are safe, but did this need to be reported?

    Mario isn't huge on the gaming scene anymore. It's becoming even more casual, which means when media attacks video games, they don't attack casual games, they attack games that the mainstream crowd plays. Why don't we see any articles bashing simple mobile games? Because they are casual, which means A. They aren't interesting enough to report about, and B. They aren't interesting enough to teach someone anything, good or bad.

    Again, I'm happy for them, and it's kinda cool that this is attributed to Mario Kart, but this is just a pointless article(video), and is a really weak one about how video games HELP people. After all, this exact same scenario could have happened, but the kid said he thought about a movie or a TV show that allowed him to pull this off.
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    MyNameIsProjekt 1 year ago
    Columnist
    I'd say it should absolutely be reported. Whether or not Mario is relevant anymore is not really the focus of the article. With all the negative articles about video games, it is refreshing to see one where the video game is not being demonized. And true, Gryffin could have thought about a movie or TV show...but he thought about Mario Kart, and that's pretty cool. I understand your argument about the media not attacking casual games, like Mario Kart, but the story is still awesome and therefore needed to be posted.
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    Rothalack 1 year ago
    Master O' Bugs
    I got too "Mario isn't huge on the gaming scene anymore." and I couldn't read anymore.
  • 1
    jacob28597 1 year ago
    To be honest any positivity about video games is a step forward.
    And how is Mario casual but mainstream games like cod not? You don't get casual or hardcore games, you get casual or hardcore gamers. I get a much more 'hardcore' experience out of SMG than I do of cod or fifa to be honest.
  • 1
    6you7me 1 year ago
    I say casual because people don't play it professionally, or ACT like they play it professionally. It's a game you can play for 15 minutes when you're bored, then move on.

    Also, I'm not into many AAAs. Just look at my Steam profile- www.steamcommunity.com/id/6you7me
  • 1
    jacob28597 1 year ago
    yeah I can see what you mean. What sort of games are you into?

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