Let’s start with a couple of caveats — obviously 11-year-old boys shouldn’t be playing Grand Theft Auto, but when Charley Cullen grabbed the wheel of his Grandfather’s car at 70 mph, after watching him blackout at the wheel, Charley credits his time with Grand Theft Auto as saving both his and his Grandfather’s life.
“The only way I had any experience was the Grand Theft Auto game,” he said.
Despite the fact that his Grandfather had blacked out with his foot on the accelerator, Charley managed to steer the car to safety, before ultimately smashing sideways into a wall, fracturing his own skull, but he still managed to get both himself and his grandfather out of the vehicle and carried him home.
Obviously Charley is a complete hero and went above and beyond what anyone could have possibly expected of him, but I’m always a little wary when people credit a video game in these situations — mainly because it makes it too easy to blame video games when something goes wrong. If a video game can influence us positively, it can impact us negatively.
That being said. Charley’s super quick reactions really did save lives. Pretty amazing.
Hero 11-year-old uses Grand Theft Auto skills to save grandad’s life [The Daily Mirror]