Rockstar blew us away when it released Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018. Not only because of its extensive open world or epic storyline, but also because of how it recreates the fauna and flora of five states of the American Wild West. And this is what we are going to talk about.
As you know, in Red Dead Redemption 2 we can catch many species of fish, hunt bears, coyotes and other kinds of mammals, and that’s not counting all the horses we can get. A university study considers this a breakthrough for the video game industry.
In fact, a British-born biology professor, under the nickname SaiRookwood, posted a post on Reddit praising this field of Rockstar’s play. Not only that, but he has also shared a deep university study, conducted by the University of Exeter and Truro Collegue (UK).
This study was carried out with 586 students from up to 55 different countries. The objective was to demonstrate if Red Dead Redemption 2 taught wise nature lessons, in order to identify different species of fish, mammals and other creatures of the American fauna. So it was.
Of the 586 people sampled, 444 had played Red Dead Redemption 2, which were aged between 18 and 34 years. This selection of people was entrusted with the task of classify 15 species of the American fauna … and keep an eye on the result.
Photographs of each were provided, and once again video games were shown to be a very powerful tool. Apparently, Red Dead Redemption 2 players succeeded successfully identify 10 out of 15 species. A huge hit for the Rockstar game.
Participants stated that they spent many hours playing Red Dead Redemption 2, either in the main mode or the multiplayer variant. Red Dead Online. Many played the role of naturalists in the Rockstar title, studying wildlife and collecting different species.
The conclusions of the study (which we insert in the source of the article) are that AAA games can be very useful tools for science, biology and other teaching fields. And be careful, because with Red Dead Redemption you can also study the history of the United States.
Fountain: British Ecological Society