February 15th, 2011
At the moment I play a lot to Team Fortress 2, a funny first-person-shooter where teams are red or blue. The aim is to defend your bases, to attack the enemies’ bases, to steal documents and so one. It is a really good game that I advice you. Well, I am not here to speak about my fav’ video games but to tell you to always be in the red team if you want to increase your chance to win on FPS video-games.
Ilie et al. have wondered whether the color of the team (generally Red VS Blue) in video game gives an advantage like it has been shown for the Olympic game 2004.
How they have found that?
They have analyzed the public anonymous statistic of the best gamers at Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2004) specifically the Deathmatch mode during 3 months (April to June 2007).
What they have found?
They have analyzed 1,347 matches (Red VS Blue) during these 3 months and the red team won 54.9% of matches (according the data this 54.9% is statistically significant). So wearing red or being on the red team gives a slight advantage on a matche or competition.
What is the explanation?
Apparently wearing/being red psychologically enhance performance in contests and could be a signal of relative dominance of human. Also seeing red may act as a psychological distractor for men.*
If you are a big noob on a game always go to the red team at least to have a slight advantage even if you don’t know how to use your gun. If you are a pro chose also the red team, by being in the red team your enemies are pwned because you are a roxxor and also because you have the psychological effects to be red! Well, I am sure that works better If your avatar is a red woman with big boobs and ass. I’m not saying, I’m just saying
Ilie A, Ioan S, Zagrean L, & Moldovan M (2008). Better to be red than blue in virtual competition. Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society, 11 (3), 375-7 PMID: 18537513
*For more information about these psychological effects to be red, go to the references of this scientific paper.