A gamer is a hero-wannabe
The beautiful thing about video games is how they keep getting more realistic.
Why are we simulating stealing cars when we could be pretending to save lives.
You never know when an accident might happen and you need to have efficient medical training and knowledge on the subject.
It's not that hard. You just need a different type of video game designer. Someone that knows how to make a realistic situation exciting.
I've been thinking of a driving simulator so realistic it can be used to train teenagers on how to drive. It could even be used on a regular occasion to test people's reflexes and abilities as drivers.
If they wanted to put such a game in to schools, they could make competitions out of it. Even allow mod's, if kids want to race, let them do it. Maybe even offer it as a reward for completing all the tests.
Let them see the realism of what happens when you make mistakes. Violence glorified is a bad thing, but violence to desensitize the public so we can react in the face of danger is a good thing.
That's good game design. Don't horrify. Horror is stupid. True horror is driving like an idiot and hitting someone.
Why are we still testing drivers the old fashioned way? While video games right now, will not match the true physics and complications of driving in the real world, they can get close enough to test, analyze and train people.
So, where would one start with this? I think the government needs to allocate funds to ideas like this one.
With all the money in the world, wouldn't it make perfect sense to invest in a game that would save money and lives.
Get a team that knows what their doing and keep them motivated and inspired to create an ultra-realistic simulation for a good cause.
Here are some random thoughts on the technical details:
The game would need to be update-able.
It would need to be cheap.
It should be available to everyone.
The design is key.
Now that I think of it, I should probably write down my ideas. Post your thoughts