Efficient Gaming Skills Useful as Real-Life Response Tools

A 2017 study conducted by Brown University researchers used online games data to discern behaviors that enable players to develop efficient gaming skills.


The purpose of the study is not so much on what habits and practices that video gamers must develop in order to get ranked as an elite. The focus is to get insights about gaming behaviors that individuals can apply in developing and optimizing skills for any kind of endeavor.

Jeff Huang, lead author of the study and a computer science professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode island, is appreciative of the large volume of available gaming-related information. Professor Huang said that in having tons of well-measured gaming statistics, they were able to measure patterns in behaviors and habits, whilst covering a longer timeframe. The computer science professor said that they were able to accomplish more than what they could achieve in laboratory settings.

Brown Study Says Applying Moderation Helps in Improving Game Efficiency

Professor Huang said that their study of “Halo” online matches covering a 7-month period in which about 3.2 million people played, yielded gaming habits that suggest spacing out one’s game matches can help players their playing efficiency. After all, in aiming to reach higher ranks, it’s not just the number of matches played but the quality of the games that were played.



Spacing one’s game denotes taking short breaks, perhaps to analyze where and how a match was lost instead of continuing with greater intensity without fully being aware of the improvements needed to turn the match in one’s favor. Keeping the breaks short is important, as short gaps will allow players to quickly regain whatever skills they have already acquired. Moreover, regaining one’s skills is important before putting any new strategies to a test.

In our opinion, short breaks can also be used in allowing ranked players to play in one’s behalf and at the same time watch how a professional player performs and takes meaningful actions. Use of rank boosting services is already a norm. That is why in a newly-released Riot Game entitled “Valorant,” many players want to quickly breeze through competition levels by way of valorant elo boosting. That way, they can face matches involving skilled players rather than having to go through levels that include newbie players.

Still based on the findings of the Brown University researchers, honing one’s gaming skills can help in developing habits and behaviors not just for gaming purposes but for developing effective responses in real-life situations as well.

Getting One’s Mind and Body into a Routine as a Means of Developing Second Nature Responses

The Brown University researchers also took to studying data on hundreds of matches played in the Starcraft video games. In comparing the playing habits of less-skilled players with those of the elite players, one notable difference they discovered is that highly-skilled player tend to use hotkeys in order to quickly respond to situations.

Actually, it’s not the use of hotkeys per se that makes a major difference, but the efficient use of customized keyboard shortcuts when giving quick commands to unit groups. In the process of doing so, elite players have developed rapid response habits as a second nature.

Professor Huang also noted engaging in warm-ups as a technique used by elite players in developing second nature habits. Warming up hotkey skills is akin to practicing rapid scrolling whilst issuing even meaningless dummy commands just to evaluate the effects during the early stages of the games.

When applied in real life situations, developing second nature responses to challenging and/or unique situations can help individuals cope with stressful conditions. Since part of one’s responses will automate, part of one’s mind is free to focus on other aspects to simultaneously assess situations.