Mario Kart: Fun — and Life-Saving — for All Ages

A ten-year-old boy from Golden, Colorado averted a potentially life-threatening car accident by directing his grandmother’s car off the road and into a ditch after she unexpectedly went unconscious at the wheel, leaving the car careening towards oncoming traffic at 60 miles per hour. How is this connected to gaming? As with many news stories, video games are being held partly responsible — this time, for the young gamer’s heroism. Gryffin Sanders, the quick-thinking ten-year-old in question, credits the game Mario Kart for his iron reflexes:

I’m guessing the next time Gryffin asks if he can take a break from his homework to play video games, his parents will enthusiastically agree.

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About Bethany Quinn

A Los Angeles native, Bethany spent most of her childhood stubbornly resisting the siren call of popularity and social acceptance after becoming addicted to Pac-Man one fateful summer afternoon in 198(cough). Not long thereafter, she lucked her way into (sibling-shared) ownership of her first console, an original NES, and immediately set her mind to defeating some of its notoriously difficult games, one cheat code at a time. Now a putative adult with a day job, Bethany spends her non-working, non-gaming, non-Tomodoming time trading internet memes with her husband, Corey, and making up ridiculous nicknames for their two dogs*, Cujo and Ethel. *Possibly too small to qualify as actual "dogs."