Pick Red

By Deane Barker on June 12, 2008

Researchers: Choose the red team in online games: A question for the ages is answered.

It’s better to be on the red team than on the blue team in an online multiplayer shooting game, according to researchers.

[…]55% of the time, the red team won, according to the study published this week in the journal Cyberpsychology & Behavior.

Although we look at this as funny, I wonder what the real mechanism behind it is? A 10-point margin probably isn’t just a statistical variation.

Could it be that people who are more aggressive by nature are more attracted to red than blue? Could it be that blue sticks out better against the background in-game?