What Does Your Gamertag Say About You? Science Has The Answer
Picking your Gamertag, whatever your preferred network for playing games, is an important choice to make, but what is it telling others about your personality?
That’s the question that’s been leading new research into online behaviour and attempts to identify players with poor social skills or impulse control – essentially those most likely to start throwing abuse or rage quit their games.
As reported on The Conversation by Alex Wade, professor of Psychology at University of York, researchers teamed up with Riot to look at gamertag names and attempted to correlate the use of sexual, racial or other offensive language used in the player name itself with behaviour in the game and perhaps out in the real world too.
Add in the use of numbers in Gamertags, often referring to someone’s year of birth, and you actually have a pretty good guide to attitude and age that you can begin filtering data through.
Not surprisingly it found that younger players and those with offensive names tended to give and recieve more negative feedback playing League Of Legends, while older players or those with inoffensive names tended to get more positive ratings within the game from other players.
“While identifying players who might require more attention or moderation may of course be a valuable step towards improving the quality of a game, the possibilities don’t stop there,” concludes Wade. “With discussions of video games being used as a way of monitoring neurological diseases such as dementia or stroke in the future, the practical applications of this research could go well beyond gaming. It’s an exciting new world to explore.”