Game Theory: Does Fortnite Make You VIOLENT?

Brittany is our guest today! Hey, who are you? Yeah, Brittany couldn’t make it, so I’m your guest names Dave [Nervous mumbles] Okay, let’s do this.

Today’s guest is Sweaty Dave. Don’t expect too many kills today guys. Don’t run into the grenade you idiot.

Fine take off the damn hat Noob all you had to do was shoot me, shoot me! Shoe Darn it, other shoe. Why aren’t you wearing any socks?

Keeps my feet cool I tend to get a bit hot. Shut up Sweaty Dave Why is everyone so bad today? Ugh? Lick or strip, uh shirt, I guess.

Oh, thank goodness. It was getting hot in here. Ugh Nooooooooo! Last choice cuz let me tell you if I don’t wear socks I bet you can guess what else I don’t wear. No! Please lick, lick then [Music builds] [Game Theory Theme] Hello Internet welcome to Game Theory.

A show that as always couldn’t exist without you and with regards. To the days episode that’s especially true as an astounding 330,000 of you who saw my last video on Fortnight helped to make this theory of reality by taking our poll about gaming habits And your personality type. Guys that kind of support is overwhelming Most scientific papers that I read for this series have, like, a thousand people participating, if they’re lucky And if they’re paid. So thank you seriously Thank you so much and without even having to crunch the numbers there were some findings that I think that science will be very Interested to explore further like the fact that apparently there are over 600 different genders You know I’ve always taken pride knowing that we have a diverse audience watching, but I never in my wildest dreams Imagined it was so diverse to include people who self-identify as everything from a 1960s era Coca Cola bottle to a weaponized Toaster I’ve heard that gender is a spectrum and all that but can someone explain to me Whether gay jalapeno is to the left or right of literal piece of human fecal matter. Oh, and by the way to the 1610 of you who responded with Apache attack Helicopter. Thank you so much for raising awareness for the oft overlooked heli sexuals also to all of you who say that this show is for kids I think we finally have our conclusive evidence that that simply isn’t the case the average age of respondents to the survey was 2 quadrillion years old apparently theorists just have really good genes and to the 242 of you who responded with 69lol, good one you got me.

So clearly there was some data that needed to be cleaned up, but with 330 thousand responses in total even throwing out a few thousand left me with hundreds of thousands of data points, so the real average age of survey takers was 17, and the male-female split was 80/20. The goal of this whole Experiment was to explore the major differences between the players of two different yet very similar and very popular battle royale style games Player Unknowns Battlegrounds, PUBG for short, and Fortnight. Secondly I wanted to examine whether aggressiveness or violent video games Increased aggression in their players in the wake of news stories like this, now the latest video game craze is Fortnight. It’s free, addictive, violent and kids love it And this, possible crackdown on violence in video games president Trump meeting with top executives from the gaming industry.

And I gotta say after crunching the numbers It’s gonna be pretty hard to make video games of scapegoat ever again. So I hope you’re listening media and scientific community. I mean, let’s face it, I know they’re not but you know what you are and arming yourself with knowledge to use in your next Twitter rant aimed at The Wall Street Journal is all that truly matters.Firstly, are PUBG players significantly different from Fortnight players? Well statistically No. Now two whole lot in the survey I asked gamers to break down whether they had or were currently playing either Fortnight, PUBG, Both, or neither, and when comparing the gamers who are only playing Fortnight with the ones who are only playing PUBG, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference. PUB players were slightly older; 17.5 versus 16 and were much more heavily skewed toward the PC master-race with 63% preferring PC versus 44% of Fortnighters and honestly that shouldn’t be all that surprising, right?

Fortnight is more widely released on consoles, and didn’t start its early days on PC only. So those were the minor differences, but in the important areas like play style, social behavior, and personality type the two were practically identical. They even agreed on their stance in the classic internet debate of fighting one horse-sized duck verses one hundred duck sized horses. 55% of Fortnighters and 55% of PUBGers agreed fighting a horse sized duck Wins, and can I just be honest here? How is this still a question online? I feel like at this point the one horse-sized duck answer is the clear winner.

Now what I want to see debated is whether you’d want to fight a tiger sized Hedgehog or 100 Hedgehog sized tigers Now that is a battle that feels a bit more balanced to me Go ahead start debating it now in the comments. Go ahead We got a lot of data to get through, but here’s where things got interesting Well there wasn’t much of a difference between people who had played either PUBG or Fortnight There was a significant difference between people who had played both games versus those who had only played one, let’s call them the Hardcore battle royalers versus the more casual battlers, and what’s more the group who hadn’t played any battle royale style game also showed significantly different results from the other two categories, so from here on out I’ll be comparing the battle royalers group, consisting of those who actively played both games, Against the Pubnighters, those who’ve only played one of those games, to the group of people who hadn’t played either, a catagory I’m gonna call the IDUBRZ, which obviously stands for I Don’t Usually Battle Royale, that z is silent, and any similarity to known and popular youtuber names is purely coincidental I assure you. Now to give some context the IDUBRZ were on average Slightly older, eighteen, and the battle royalers were closer to fortnight age sixteen point five in total of those 330,000 responses about 150,000 were a Pubnighter 130,000 were an IDUBRZ and the other 50,000 were battle royalers and there are a few things all three groups agreed on like how they’re all slightly better than average.

Playing video games when asked to rate their skills as a gamer 68% of responses regardless of category rated themselves at either a seven or an eight, only one or two Truly brave souls rated themselves as a 1, and to those people I say thank you You are the true american hero. Everyone also tended to agree that consistently good play was better than winning just once, in general that was a 70/30 split. But then I turned to analyze aggressiveness and risk-taking behavior If battle royale games are truly making players more violent, then it stands to reason that Gamers would report that their play style is more aggressive in those games. Furthermore We would expect to see that gamers who play non-shooter games would yield lower Aggressiveness scores and that those who had played multiple shooter games would have the highest scores of them all, and wouldn’t you know it, but that’s Exactly what the data showed when asked about risk-taking behavior and aggressiveness of tactics in game.