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  • Note to Gamers: Choose Red

    Color Wars: Red teams beat blue teams in gaming, sports
    Better red than dead?

    By Ben Silverman

    The next time you fire up Halo 3, you might want to wear red -- at least if you believe the findings of a new study claiming that red beats blue in online shooters.

    Published in the Cyberpsychology & Behavior journal, the study tracked nearly 1500 matches in the popular first-person game, Unreal Tournament 2004. Like most online first-person shooters -- including industry-leader Halo 3 -- the game splits players into two opposing teams, one red, one blue. There are no functional differences between the two other than hue, leading most to assume that neither team would have any sort of unfair advantage over the other.

    Not so fast. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark found that the red team won 55% of the matches.

    Rather than chalking that up to dumb luck, the scientists behind the study believe it has more to do with the inherent qualities of red as a psychological distractor and a natural signal of male dominance, a thought echoed in a 2005 study linking the color to enhanced performance in real-life sports.

    Don't expect game developers to suddenly spin the color wheel, however.

    "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," said Marc Rein, vice president of Epic Games, in an AP story. "We don't anticipate any immediate changes to team colors."

    As of press time, calls to disgruntled colors green and yellow have not been returned.
    Moon

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    Just sayin'

    -RBB

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    • #3
      Maybe this explains the Red Wings/Blues "rivalry".
      To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.

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      • #4
        Who paid for that study? Omar Minaya?
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        Jesus is . . .


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        • #5
          I have very mixed feelings about this story, but none of them are surprise.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ort View Post
            Maybe this explains the Red Wings/Blues "rivalry".
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            • #7
              Originally posted by RedBirdBrain View Post




              Just sayin'

              -RBB
              My three year-old has a magazine with a section on baseball... the generic red team defeats the generic. He's known since he could talk to associate red with 'Cardinals!' but then he asked who the blue team was. I thought about it and told him, "Blue is the losers."

              And we live in Chicago.
              "At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed."
              – Frederick Douglass, doing an amazing job since 1852

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