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Based on previous releases, this week's Red Dead Online Blood Money update is expected to be released by 2pm BST on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Rockstar Games doesn't normally share an exact release time, so we're not expecting any further updates on the subject. FortniteRed Dead Online update LIVE with RDR2 Blood Money patch notes

Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) features simulations of about 200 animal species including deer and birds.

On average players were able to identify 10 of 15 animals in a quiz, three more than non-players, University of Exeter researchers said.

They said gaming techniques can be a "force for communication."

RDR2 is an action-adventure game set in the southern and western states of the US in 1899.

It features animals such as white-tailed deer, jackrabbit, alligator snapping turtle, lake sturgeon, blue jay and roseate spoonbill.

The researchers from the University of Exeter and Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall, challenged more than 500 gamers to identify photographs of real animals.

The results showed that gamers were better at identifying wildlife with some players reporting increased knowledge about animal behaviour and ecology.

One person who took part said RDR2 taught them how to spot a ram that was about to charge, adding: "No joke saved me from breaking a leg in real life."

For decades, gamers have been learning how to manage braking and drive a racing line in Gran Turismo, or how to lead teams and volunteer organisations in an online guild. And many pilots started their training in a flight simulator game to learn about airspeed and ailerons.

But now, game designers are aiming for a level of realism and detail so high that the worlds themselves can teach us something.

Take Assassin's Creed Origins - set in ancient Egypt, the art team had to recreate that landscape and its landmarks in great detail.

Realising what they'd built, they added a "discovery tour" mode - where the player can roam the land with no fighting, listening to audio tours about the world around them curated by experts in the field.

The feature has now become an expected part of the series - with one in Ancient Greece and an upcoming release for Viking Britain.

Creating an immersive virtual world is hard. Artists and animators and musicians agonise over every detail they include, and so the upshot is that sometimes, they get that world so right that it can teach us little bits about our own.

Ned Crowley, of Truro and Penwith College, said: "We don't expect big-budget games to include messages about conservation, but educators and conservationists can learn from the techniques used in games - such as making things immersive, and having each action mean something in terms of wider progress in the game.

"Being indoors on a computer is often seen as the opposite of engaging with nature, but our findings show that games can teach people about animals without even trying."

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Study Finds That Red Dead Redemption 2 Helps Teach Players How to Identify Animals

PlayStation LifeStyle 13 July, 2021 - 06:27pm

A recent study found that those who played Red Dead Redemption 2 were more likely to correctly identify photos of animals in the game. It also found that people who played the game recently, and those who chose the “naturalist” role in RDR Online scored higher on the test. The study provides evidence that immersive experiences like RDR2 which feature many real-world animals, some of which are now extinct, can help teach gamers natural history and be more accessible and appealing than traditional educational games. Who knew games could be fun and educational?

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter and Truro College, and published by the British Ecological Society. A total of 586 participants, 444 of which actually played RDR2, were subjected to a test in which they would identify 15 species of animals that exist in the game. First, the participants were given a simple picture of the animal in a field and asked to name the animal in question. If they couldn’t answer, the researchers then gave them a list of five names to choose from, including species that were very similar to the correct answer.

The study found that, on average, those who played RDR2 were able to identify 10 out of the 15 animals, whereas those who didn’t could only identify 7. Additionally, it found that those who recently played the game, chose the Naturalist role in RDR Online, or lived in North America had a higher probability of answering correctly.

When the researchers asked participants about their experiences in the game, many found that the immersive quality of the game helped shape many of its memorable events. One notable example included how predators could be seen hunting their prey without any input from the player. Another respondent also noted that after completing the Carolina Parakeet hunting mission, the game would tell players that the species was officially extinct.

While RDR2 by nature of being a video game still has some inaccuracies—most of the game’s predators, for example, are overtly hostile and will always attack the character, despite animals not actually doing this in real life—the study notes that that immersive experiences can help players learn about wildlife and animal behavior.

So, the next time someone points out you’re playing too much Red Dead Redemption 2, tell them that you’re studying to become a wildlife biologist!

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Study finds that Red Dead Redemption 2 players sure do know their animals

Rock Paper Shotgun 13 July, 2021 - 06:25pm

Posse up, Red Dead Redemption 2 players. The results are in and science says that if you know your sturgeon from your steelhead trout you may have Rockstar's surprisingly detailed cowboy 'em up to thank for it. A published research study has found that RDR2 players, especially those who've played recently, are more likely to be able to visually identify 15 different species of animals that appear in the game. The statistical results are interesting on their own, but what's almost cooler are the anecdotes players shared during the study about things they believed they'd learned from all of RDR2's simulated wildlife.

One of the study's authors posted about the results over on Reddit. Titled "The educational value of virtual ecologies in Red Dead Redemption 2," the study used an online survey of 586 participants, asking them to identify 15 different species that appear in RDR2 based on photographs of real animals. Participants were first asked to name the animal by typing an answer unprompted in a text box and, if they chose to leave that blank, choose the species from a multiple choice list of similar species.

I'm no statistician, so I'll let the author give you the easier to digest version of the results:

"We found that people who have played RDR2 identified, on average, 10/15 animals correctly, three more than gamers who had never played it. We also found that scores tended to be higher for people who had played more recently, for more hours, or if they had played Red Dead Online's 'Naturalist' role."

Although this particular study was conducted with participants over 18, the authors note that there's something to be learned about education through gaming, even games whose primary objective isn't to educate.

"There is something to learn here for educators and conservationists who want to enhance the world's natural history education; 'gamification' and immersion in a learning experience, by making people's actions have meaning, can be more effective that simply getting people to learn a list of animals by rote."

It's not terribly surprising that players have a better memory for animal names after playing RDR2. Hunting and Naturalism (in Red Dead Online) can both be somewhat repetitive, which certainly helps cement those kinds of things in memory. Heck, I know my flowers better after playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons last year too. It is quite neat to see it formally studied and the actual statistical relevance.

Almost neater than the proper science, to me, are some of the anecdotes that players shared when asked an open-ended question about what they'd learned about real-life animals and behaviors from playing RDR2. "Notably, multiple participants reported learning the comparative difference in defensive aggression between grizzly bears Ursus arctos and black bears Ursus americanus, and about 'bluff charges'," the study says.

In response to a question on memorable experiences with wildlife in-game, the authors say: "A particularly remarkable behaviour, independently reported by six participants, was grey wolves Canis lupus appearing to mourn killed pack members."

RDR2 isn't always meant to be a true-to-life simulation, of course. The authors note that some animals in game have more aggressive behaviors in response to humans than they would in life. It's still quite interesting to hear the genuine behaviors such as hunting, foraging, and habitats players picked up about different animals by playing.

If you're keen to peek the numbers and the methods, or just more player stories, you can read the full study over here.

If you're up for more wild west creatures, Nate happens to have reviewed quite a lot of them. He gave the grizzlies a 10/10 so it's an objectively correct list, even if he completely disrespects black bears.

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