Study: Team Gamers Less Likely To Be Jerks
We can, or should anyway, put to bed the idea that playing video games makes you a more violent person. But we can probably agree that ‘not violent’ isn’t the same thing as ‘not a dick’, and the world is full of gamers who go all out on being the biggest tool they can possibly be. So what’s the problem? Apparently it’s how you play your games. An Ohio State University set of studies of gamer behavior has found that players who play as part of a team are less likely to play aggressively.
The first study was conducted on a group of students playing Halo 2 under four different conditions. In the cooperative condition, students teamed up against AI. In direct competition, they played pvp, in indirect competition students played the game solo, and in the final condition they simply filled out a survey designed to measure competition. The second study used Unreal Tournament 3, but only placed test subjects in the cooperative or direct competition conditions.
After each study, students were then asked to take part in a task requiring their cooperation (See the full article for the specific details). In both cases the results showed that the students who had just played cooperatively were far more likely to play fair, while students who played competitively or solo were more likely to behave selfishly. Obviously, this means that playing video games makes people horribly self centered, so it’s for the best that parental watchdog groups continue to freak out and try to limit access to games.