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Scientists find out what makes video game fans angry

Data compiled by Time2Play shows that those who play Xbox games are the most angry, and they also ranked different games by emotional intensity.

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Data compiled by Time2Play shows that those most angry are those who play on Xbox, and ranked different games by emotional intensity.

Modern video games are designed to be as immersive as possible, so it’s easy to get carried away when you lose a level or fail to beat your record. So much so that nearly 56.3% of regular gamers experience bouts of extreme, uncontrollable rage at least once a week, according to a new study.

The company surveyed more than 1,000 people 18 and older who played video games for four hours or more a week. 41.9 percent say they deal with extreme anger about every week, and 8.6 percent say they deal with it every day. Just under six percent of regular players reported that they lose their temper more than once a day.

They were also asked which games make them most furious: the Call of Duty franchise came in first place with 23.5% of the study participants. The more family-friendly Mario Kart and Minecraft were named the “most infuriating” games by 22% and 21.2%, respectively.

Just behind were League of Legends, which drew the ire of 20.1%, Super Smash Bros. for 19.7% and Grand Theft Auto for 19.4%.

The degree to which a video game affects a player also seems to depend on the console: 21.3% of Xbox gamers evoked anger every day, but only 14.1% of laptop and PC gamers reported a similar frequency.

Researchers clarified that life’s setbacks–challenges in school or feelings of hunger–increased the risk of temper tantrums. Additional research on computer games from the University of Eastern Finland found that common triggers were last-minute game failures, cheating opponents, and game interruptions.

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