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Player Behavior As a Predictor for IRL End of Times?

Posted by Suzie Ford on Mar 14, 2017  | Comments

Player Behavior As a Predictor for IRL End of Times? - MMORPG.com

Researchers have used the culmination of the ArcheAge beta test as a predictor of a real world equivalent to a catastrophic end time scenario. The study analyzed over 270 million records of AA player behavior in something called the mapping principle. The team felt that the end of a closed beta test is a "close approximation of an end times scenario...[that can] shed light on human behavior in general under such conditions".

Researchers discovered that at "end game", players tended to spend more time in social activities and engaging in "happier" pursuits indicating pro-social behavior.

That said, we surprisingly find that chat content exhibits a slightly positive trend as the closed beta test draws to a close. Overall, players increase social interaction with others: They exchange more in-game messages (mails) and create more parties to enjoy group-play or complete high-level quests.

Of course, there are exceptions to the general trend of the study, most notably in the form of more anti-social players being less likely to stay with a closed beta experience through its conclusion. Still, the study does seem to imply that the study has significant implications both for games and in real world application.

You can read more at the links above or head over to PC Gamer to check out the full article.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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