In Red Vs. Blue, Red Usually Wins

Well, this has got to be one of the strangest studies I’ve heard about in awhile. Scientists recently studied the outcomes of 1,347 team matches on Unreal Tournament 2004 using data collected from public servers. You’d think they would have found that both the Red and Blue teams won almost an equal amount of times. But their findings, which they published in Cyberpsychology & Behavior this week, showed that the Red team wins 55% of the time over Blue. The researchers reasoned that this was because the color red can be a psychological distractor for men, which could be related to why men turn red when they’re angry. According to Mark Rein of Epic though, these findings aren’t going to have any impact on the Unreal games:

“While this is really an interesting analysis, the notion of red team versus blue team has been ingrained in the Unreal Tournament series for years. We don’t anticipate any immediate changes to team colors.”

On the other hand though, I wouldn’t be too surprised if more people were vying for the Red team when playing now. I wonder if this applies to Halo as well…

Via News-Leader

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3 Comments on In Red Vs. Blue, Red Usually Wins


On June 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Hopefuly this is a joke, total bull-, 5% isnt that signifcant of a difference cosidering all the other factos of playing in an online game.


On June 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Pretty cool, I guess.


On June 12, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Kommodore – It says 55%, not 5%.

This is an interesting find!