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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