What's up, duders.
Today, I contucted a experiment.
I would go around in the free roam mode in Red Dead Redemption. I would have my weapon holstered at all times, and only walk, not even jog. It's important to note that in free roam, players have the option to work togheter, or kill each other for no reason.
The goal was to see if it was possible to enjoy the open world of Red Dead, without getting killed by others, if I went about my own business, never harming them.
The results were dissapointing, though not surprising.
I have yet to not be attacked by anyone who I've encountered. Literally, every single person I've encountered so far has killed me, although I have posed no threat to them. As of now, I've met 64 unique players, and I've been killed a total of 324 times.
I've been playing for one hour. And yes, I've been counting.
Interpret that as you may, but for me at least, I find it tough to continue to advocate that games don't desentisize people. Clearly, if given the chance, people will repeatedly attack someone who is no threat to them, if there are no consequenses for doing so.
And yes, before anyone comments on it, I do believe that the way we behave in virtual worlds reflect upon the kinds of person one truly is. It's easy to dismiss this as "it's a game", but I reject that thought. Aren't games supposed to be fun? What kind of sick mind would find any kind of fun in shooting at people who do them no harm?
Gamers, I'm dissappointed in you. I thought we were better than this.