New research by money-saving website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk has revealed that that three-quarters of British gamers have lost their temper whilst playing, getting into arguments with online players and even breaking their games console, TV or furniture.
According to the poll, gamers who get angry enough to break things cause £145 of damage (on average) each year.
Some gamers are prone to temper tantrums, the study discovered, with one in four admitting they have broken something out of frustration, causing £145 of damage and, in some instances, leaving themselves without a games console to continue playing with.
The team at VoucherCodesPro conducted the poll as part of ongoing research into Britons attitudes towards technology and gaming.
2,433 British adults aged 18 and over, all of whom labelled themselves as a ‘gamer’, were quizzed about their gaming habits and if their gaming had the ability to affect their mood.
Initially, all respondents were asked ‘Have you ever lost your temper when playing videogames?’ to which three-quarters of respondents, 74%, admitted they do.
When asked what they were most likely to get angry at, the top responses were ‘my teammates not playing how I need them to’ (31%), ‘online players targeting me, not letting me do what I need to do’ (29%) and ‘my own mistakes within the game’ (20%).
The survery then asked to what extreme gamers lost their temper in the past, with respondents stating that they either ‘scream and shout’ (37%), ‘get into arguments with others online’ (30%) and ‘have broken something in rage’ (23%).
Wanting to delve a little deeper, the website then asked those who had broken something in rage what it was they had broken.
When provided with a list of possible items and told to select all that applied, the top five responses were:
· The controller/keyboard – 41%
· A headset – 38%
· The television/computer monitor – 32%
· The game (disc) – 14%
· A chair – 9%
When asked to estimate how much damage they’d caused in the past 12 months from losing their temper whilst gaming, the average was revealed as £145.00.
Finally, all respondents were asked how they reacted following an angry outburst due to gaming.
The majority, 51%, admitted that they’d ‘turned off the game and returned to it after calming down,’ whilst others ‘took a short break from gaming, up to a few days’ (34%) or ‘chose a different game to play’ (15%).
VoucherCodesPro spokesperson, George Charles, said:
“Gaming is a massive part of some people’s lives, but for many it is exactly that – just a game.
“If you do ever experience angry outbursts when playing a game, try to take deep breaths and remember that if you lose, it isn’t the end of the world and it definitely isn’t worth breaking an expensive TV or furniture in your home.
“It’s certainly not worth breaking the game or console, leaving yourself unable to play completely.”
We’re inclined to agree, not least given the price, lack of stock and ease with which someone could likely ruin a Nintendo Switch as well – god forbid!