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Study: Red Beats Blue More Often in PC Shooters

A new study published in the journal Cyberpsychology and Behavior found that red teams triumph over blue teams more than half of the time in online multiplayer shooters, reports the Associated Press.

Researchers studied the outcomes of 1,347 matches in Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 2004 (PC), in which players were allowed to choose between joining the red or blue team. The study found that the red team won 55% of the time.

University of Copenhagen neuroscientist Mihai Moldovan suggested that one possible explanation for the skew in results could be the color red's role as a psychological distractor for men. Results were collected by Moldovan from public servers used by players from around the world.

"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 Epic Games president Mark Rein. "We don't anticipate any immediate changes to team colors."

The results are corroborated by recently collected data from Valve's online multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2, which also pits players against one another in teams of red and blue. Interestingly, results gathered closer to the game's release showed a distinct slant in the blue team's favor.

The report notes that 2005 study by British researchers found that Olympic 2004 athletes wearing red in one-on-one sporting events, such as wrestling, were more likely to win.

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    June 12, 2008 2:34 PM

    In other news, a study has been made on how popular white dogs are versus black dogs.

    In other words, who cares? They should spend money on other crap.

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      June 12, 2008 3:05 PM

      poodles are the black man of the dog world.

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      June 12, 2008 3:44 PM

      yeah, they're research scientists right??? why don't those scientists help discover the cure for aids!!! if not for their selfishness and irresponsibility, we'd have cured cancer by now.

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        June 12, 2008 3:52 PM

        yeah! and while they're at it, they should tell all those stupid programmers at dev houses to stop animating trailers get back to coding things!

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        June 12, 2008 4:12 PM

        the cure for cancer and aids was found ages ago. the only thing left is to count red vs blue games and run stats.

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