The game is Mario Kart. It is a wild and whimsical racing game around a variety of tracks featuring a variety of characters. These characters not only have superb driving skills, they have weapons like turtle shells, bombs, and banana peels they can deploy to slow you down.

If you or your child has spent countless hours playing a game like Mario Kart a recent study indicates that might actually help them in real life. The study, suggests that the quick reaction skills and critical thinking skills that are honed by playing video games can actually translate to the real life decisions a driver must make behind the wheel of an automobile.

So maybe those endless hours in front of a video game monitor have some beneficial attributes after all. I think more people need to be playing Frogger because obviously nobody around here has ever heard of using a crosswalk to get across the street.