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Study Says: Nasty Gamers Are More Likely to Lose?

Date: Apr 10 2012 07:03:09 Source: Science Daily Views:
KeyWord: University of Gothenburg, Gamer Study, Co-operate Game, Online Games,

Nasty Gamers More Likely to Lose 

Gamers who display anti-social behavior are less likely to be successful in online-play scenarios than those who are considerate and measured, according to a new report.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden have been looking at how gamers co-operate with one another, and what the effects might be on real-life behavior. And while some critics of videogames have claimed that games can turn people towards real-life violence, the researchers found that violent-like behavior patterns within online worlds tend to lead to failure.

The study involved monitoring gamers as they played "thousands of hours" of co-operative and combative online games. Researcher Jonas Ivarsson said, "The situations gamers encounter in these games call for sophisticated and well-coordinated collaboration. We analyzed what characteristics and knowledge the gamers need to have in order to be successful."

The report states, "It turns out that a successful gamer is strategic and technically knowledgeable, and has good timing. Inconsiderate gamers, as well as those who act aggressively or emotionally, generally do not do well."

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