A recent study conducted by University of Leeds, UK, involving multiple PC FPS (first-person shooter) titles to understand the effects they have on players from a physiological and psychological point of view.
The investigation involved four games – CS: GO, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone and PUBG. It aimed to find out the impact of these games on overall player stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure.
While all games observed a slight increase in heart rate for the 32 players participating in this study, it also resulted in a decrease in stress levels with CS:GO being the leader.
Valve’s shooter recorded the maximum stress reduction when compared to other titles, after measurement and analysis performed by human biology and psychology researchers from the University of Leeds.
Study: CS:GO reduces stress more when compared to Apex Legends, Warzone, PUBG
A study conducted by the University of Leeds in collaboration with BetVictor shows that one of the most popular tactical shooter games in the world, CS:GO, is less stressful for players when compared to royal games like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone and PUBG.
The test involved the four PC FPS titles mentioned above with 32 gamers with the following constraints:
Some are classified as ‘good’ players while others are labeled as ‘experts’, in the game they choose depending on how long they’ve played.
All participants were between the ages of 20 and 26, with an average age of 23.3 years.
Most participants only played one game, but some even played two.
For each game, participants’ heart rate, stress levels, and blood pressure were recorded a minimum of three times during play.
Out of the four titles, CS:GO was the only one that noticed a drop in heart rate after playing. The researchers point out that this may have been “due to the length of the game and the fact that the participants had more experience playing the game”.
The battle royale titles all saw an increase in heart rate for players after the game, with Apex Legends registering the biggest increase from 80.6 to 83.1 due to the fast pace of the game. than.
On the other hand, CS:GO produced outstanding results with the post-game player’s heart rate dropping from 79.5 to 77. This is attributed to the longer duration of the game and the time to rest between bets. back round, giving the player time to settle into a natural rhythm.
Speaking of stress levels, the State of Anxiety (STAI) test is used to measure how much pre-match stress players face. It is clear from the results below that post-game stress is lower across all titles.
While all games proved to be relaxing by nature, CS:GO was the one that provided the most stress relief out of the four while Apex Legends proved to be the least productive of the bunch. stress relief for players.
The study may not be the most detailed, and the sample size used is also not ideal for translating the result into a valid one. However, they do give us an idea of how FPS games on PC affect players physiologically and psychologically.
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https://afkgaming.com/csgo/news/study-reveals-csgo-reduces-most-stress-in-comparison-to-warzone-pubg-apex-legends GO reduces stress and heart rate better than Warzone, PUBG, Apex Legends