Imagine yourself driving along a busy thoroughfare having to be extra careful with all the cars clumped together. It’s hard enough to maintain your concentration, right?
Now, imagine doing the same thing, only this time you’re driving view is that of the third-person, above-car angle that’s similar to what you see in video games.
You don’t need to tell us that’s its a disaster waiting to happen.
But just to illustrate the image of such an occurence, the folks from Rooster Teeth decided to give it a go, albeit within the confines of a test track. By mounting a camera with a stabilized lens onto the truck’s trailed hitch and feeding the live HD video into a screen inside the track’s cabin, with the driver being forced to use the screen as his driving view, the stage was set to determine whether the video game-style third-person angle would work in a real, live setting.
After two of its test drivers took turns navigating around the course - props for the Houston Oilers helmet, by the way - the verdict was loud, if not crystal clear.
The two drivers accounted for 20 hit cones and a number of side-swiped and run-over pedestrians, proving that while it’s fun to drive this way in video games, you probably can’t go one block - maybe even less - without hitting something, or worse, someone.
Source: Rooster Teeth