Wednesday, September 29

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an educational game, according to study | Digital Trends Spanish

Do video games turn normal people into experts in some matter? Not necessarily, but according to a new study, those who play Red Dead Redemption 2 end up being more knowledgeable about wildlife than other people.

The study It was carried out by researchers from Penwith College and the University of Exeter and had as one of its objectives to analyze the educational impact of video games designed for purely entertainment purposes.

To do this, it was taken Red dead redemption two as a test bench; in that title, there is a good variety of wild animals scattered around the map. The researchers then proceeded to interview 583 participants, of whom 444 had played RDR2 before and the rest, no.

The survey questions were related to the animals seen in the game and in general, those who played it had a higher number of correct answers than those who did not play it.

On the other hand, the animals that had a greater utility of the game were identified with greater accuracy. In contrast, other animals that appear less frequently throughout Red dead 2 they were more difficult to identify for those consulted, regardless of whether they had played the game or not.

More importantly, is the fact that most of those who played RDR2 They assured that the correct answers had to do with what was seen within the game. As a result, the researchers believe that players learn more through the setting and immersion of Red dead 2 and not so much thanks to the encyclopedia that is inside the game, in which information about those same animals is given.

“We have found that immersive video games, in which wildlife ecosystems are simulated, are effective in teaching players to identify species in the real world,” the study concludes. And it is added that, in general, video games designed either as educational or entertainment products can be a very valid learning tool.

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