Skilled Players Cooperate Less in Multi-Player Games

Thomas CHESNEY, Swee Hoon CHUAH, Robert HOFFMANN, Wendy HUI, Jeremy LARNER

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A naturalistic public good experiment is used to examine whether better players cooperate more or less than others. ‘Better’ is measured by subjects’ accuracy in a team-based shooting game, and cooperation is measured by introducing a public good decision into the game. A data set of 92 subjects was created and results show that better players cooperate significantly less than others. Economic theory is used to explain the result.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • MMOG
  • cooperation
  • performance
  • public good
  • shooting game
  • skill


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