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Are Video Games Really Better When You Play as Yourself?

May 11, 2018

Ever dreamed of sprinting through a pixelated world, head-butting mysterious blocks, jumping on sentient mushrooms, and battling an evil turtle to rescue the princess?

Of course, you have. But not all dreams should come true.

A new study suggests virtual doppelgangers don’t necessarily improve video gameplay.

Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that photorealistic avatars have little effect on players’ performance.

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