Is there a link between the shooting accuracy with real guns being improved by video-game skills? A recent study indicates that there is no link between the two.
First-person shooter experts hoping for increased accuracy with real-world firearms may want to schedule some more practice on the firing range, as Ohio State University has retracted a study linking FPS gameplay to skill with handguns.
The communication research paper “Boom, Headshot!” first reported a correlation between first-person-shooter players and skilled marksmen in 2012, but the report’s findings have now been called into question following the discovery of “irregularities in some variables of the data set.”
“Boom, Headshot!” tracked several participants who played “a violent shooting game with humanoid targets that rewarded headshots, a nonviolent shooting game with bull’s-eye targets, or a nonviolent nonshooting game.” Reported results indicated that participants who played the violent game with humanoid targets scored “99 percent more headshots and 33 percent more other shots than did other participants,” effectively linking real-world firearm accuracy to skill with first-person shooters.