Monday January 13, 2014

Why Anonymity Makes Players Cheat

I always thought the term "anonymous coward" said it all. Seriously, would the same people cheat with you standing over their shoulder or at a LAN party? Ummm, no.

In a recently published study into the effects of player anonymity on cheating in online games, Vivian Hsueh-hua Chen and Yuehua Wu found that players cheat because the online gaming groups they belong to view cheating as an acceptable behavior. More importantly, the study found that because players were anonymous in these groups, the influence that the groups' views of certain behaviors had on its members was very powerful.

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