A study carried out by Nottingham Trent University has found that frequent video gamers transfer their gameplay to the real world. Extreme cases of GTP (Game Transfer Phenomena) involve seeing energy boxes above people’s heads and looking for a search button when trying to find someone in a crowd of people.
“Almost all the players reported some type of GTP, but in different ways and with varying degrees of intensity. We are now following this up with a further study of a much larger number of gamers”, said Mark Griffiths, one of the reports authors.
One of the interviewees reported a list of possible responses in his head after being insulted and others have reported reflexes such as trying to press a button, even when a controller isn’t in their hands. More than half of the people questioned said that they sometimes use in-game knowledge to resolve their own real world problems.
The report was conducted from interviews with 42 frequent gamers between 15-21. As the results were so interesting, Professor Mark Griffiths has said, “We are now following this up with a further study of a much larger number of gamers.”