October 29th, 2012
Wanna win games like Dishonoured, BioShock and Fallout 3? Be complete jerks and leave your ethics and social norms at the door. Or so says a new study.
Says the Smithsonian, "Andrew Weaver, a researcher who tested people's morality in [moral choice] games, found that people who were the best at said games were also the worst ethically: they made the least “moral” choices, they killed characters to get ahead, and they sabotaged their friends. And they won."
As for any jerky behavior overlapping into real life, the science on that is still incomplete. But Weaver says "things start to get fuzzy" for those that spend too much time in game. In other words, there may be crossover.
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