We've covered the phenomenon of "real life" Mario Karting in the past, but it would seem that this light-hearted attempt to replicate the feel of the classic racing series comes with some pretty negative side-effects.
Not only is the company which runs the "MariCar" event being taken to court by Nintendo, there have been multiple reports of people crashing these vehicles and causing damage or injury.
According to Kotaku, one tourist crashed a MariCar into a police box, while another was arrested following an alleged hit-and-run. The victim in the latter case required several weeks to fully recover.
The latest mishap involved a 30-something tourist from Singapore driving a MariCar onto the pavement and into a restaurant sign. Oops.
Mercifully, no pedestrians were involved and the driver sustained only minor injuries.
Somethings are meant to just be video games...
WAAAH! (looks like Wario got hit by a blue shell)
Oh my gosh...
In the bottom picture, is that Mario himself coming to check on his stolen kart?!
"Thats-a the last time you do this Wario. Next time, I send out the more modern exploding blue shell!"
Where's Lakitu when you need him?
This is starting to get a bit out of hand...
People are stupid enough to believe themselves in a video game and drive recklessly. That Marikart company is a blight in Tokyo. Sooner or later someone is going to get hurt or worse.
This is great. Khaos!!!
THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS WOULD HAPPEN.
Let Natural Selection do its job.
@Ryu_Niiyama The main problem in combining natural selection with motor vehicles and public space is it often broadens its scope to include whoever happens to be walking around the vicinity.
@Maxz While my comment was intended as a one-liner I will concede your point. However my general apathy towards humanity as a whole does make it difficult for me to recant my statement. At the risk of seeming cruel, people die from dumb decisions every second; be it their own or somebody else's. People tend to not know how to just leave others alone and thus idiocy like this happens. If they thought about the consequences beyond "this is cool" or "because I can" (I DETEST that mindset) we wouldn't have an article to comment on.
For today at least, I don't really care. I'm sure once I've had the chance to shore up my positive ki, I'll feel a differently, but today my natural pessimism/realism guides my statement.
Plus Ki to you,
@Ryu_Niiyama Yeah, sorry. My comment was just a one liner expressing my geberal distaste towards idiots in motorcars ruining public environments. I have my own bugbear about trying to walk places and having to devote more energy to the question, "am I going to get run over?" than to actually enjoying my surroundings. If they're going to practice natural selection, I'd rather they did it in private.
I'm sure we're largely both grumpy about much the same thing.
And people say it's the violent shooter games that cause real life problems...
Ban those sick kart racing games!
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