Source Engine helps with fire drill

#1 Posted by SuperMooseman (358 posts) -

Source: BBC.co.uk

Researches at Durham University used The Source Engine, the 3D game engine used to drive Half-Life 2, and created a virtual model of one of the university's departments.

Developers plan to use it to examine people's behaviour in a fire and to train people in good fire practice.

However, while the simulation worked for most people, those who played a lot of video games did rather unusual things.
"If a door was on fire, they [gamers] would try and run through it, rather than look for a different exit," said Dr Smith.

#2 Posted by destro (248 posts) -

Valve/Steam should be very proud that the source engine is still up to par with almost every other engine. Even though it was made 4 years ago..or around there

#3 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Hahaha thats awesome Moose. Nice find mate :)

Gotta give some props to Valve for producing a game engine thats physics system can be used for more than simplesee-saw mechanics.

#4 Posted by brukaoru (5079 posts) -
"If a door was on fire, they [gamers] would try and run through it, rather than look for a different exit," said Dr Smith.

The best way to get out of a fire is to run through it. And if that doesn't work, we can just press the continue button on the death screen and find another exit, right?

Source Engine could save real lives! Pretty cool.
#5 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

They probably just assumed they had the HEV suit on.

#6 Posted by mracoon (4971 posts) -
SuperMooseman said:
"Source: BBC.co.uk

"If a door was on fire, they [gamers] would try and run through it, rather than look for a different exit," said Dr Smith.

Oh gamers, your lack ability to distinguish between games and reality brings a smile to my face.
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#7 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -

Hey, man, if you jump and/or run fast enough through a fire you'll be all right.

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