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16 November 2020commentsCommentsShare pageAbout sharingimage sourceEAimage captionOne of the games in the study was Plants vs ZombiesPeople who play video games for long periods of time tend to report feeling happier than those who do not, a study has indicated.
The Oxford Internet Institute research focused on two games: Nintendo's Animal Crossing and EA's Plants vs Zombies.In an unusual step, the developers of the games shared anonymised data about how long each participant had played.
These logs were then linked to a survey in which the players answered questions about their well-being.
A total of 3,274 gamers took part. All were over 18."I don't think people plough a bunch of time into games with a social aspect unless they're happy about it," he said.
"It's like a digital water-cooler," he added, suggesting the titles both provide new ways to mingle with others online.However, he said that those who had felt compelled to play - for example because they were seeking to avoid stress elsewhere in their lives - had reported being less content.
The professor has called on other games-makers to share similar data."We need to study more games, and more players, over more time," he said.