Learn to Drive on Your DS?

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Sometimes news so massive and earth shattering comes our way that I am totally at a loss for words. This is not that news, in fact I would say that the announcement of Driving Theory Training for the Nintendo DS might be the most mundane sounding news ever. Normally I wouldn’t give it a second glance, but the game, if it can be called that, is just so banal and uninteresting that it actually makes me curious about it, despite the fact that it is totally useless to me as I live in the U.S. and would instantly fail by answering the “Which side of the road do you drive on?” question wrong.

Made by Atari UK, the game “will feature the full driving theory questions and answers officially licensed by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency).” Still awake? Good, because there’s more! You can also benefit from revisions, questions and answers to help you remember driving rules and, believe it or not, mini-games. Is anyone still wondering why Atari is doing so poorly these days? God, you UK gamers sure are a lucky bunch of wankers. I’m going to be so jealous of you getting this while I’m playing Brawl many months ahead of you…I’m sorry that was low.

Seriously though, I do have to applaud Atari UK for looking at the DS as more then just a gaming machine but something that can help you learn. However, unlike Brain Age, this sounds a bit too much like a text book to be any fun. Maybe that isn’t the point here anyway. Maybe, as Jeremy Wigmore, Managing Director of Atari UK, put it, the point is to actually “help people learn everything they need to know to successfully pass their driving theory test.” Driving Theory Training (the name practically puts you to sleep) will be hitting UK shores some time this summer. Expect far more accident reports to involve the words “driver was playing DS while driving.”

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