Do you agree with this? Because there have been two tests, one of which was Mario Kart 8, the other Dark Souls 3.
Boss battles, battle royale, last-minute victories, all of which indicate that playing video games can be stressful. But have you ever wondered what games are the most stressful and physically demanding to play?
An experiment was conducted. They brought together 14 active players to measure their vitality by playing 16 of the most popular and challenging games on consoles, PCs, and mobile phones.
It seems official that Mario Kart is the most stressful game in terms of heart rate in a 30-minute gaming session. With an average increase of 21 PPM, it represents a 23.81% increase in the average resting heart rate of 64 PPM. This would be equivalent to taking a gentle walk.
It is closely followed by FIFA 20 with an average increase of 20 PPM (31.25% compared to resting). Followed by these two games, we have Call of Duty Modern Warfare (PS4), Dark Souls 3, and Fortnite to complete the top 5. While DOOM, Street Fighter, and Battlefield are narrowly missing. While DOOM, Street Fighter, and Battlefield are narrowly missing out. But while the increase in PPMs in each gaming session is a good indicator of stress, this data does not tell the whole story, they have studied single-player games as well as online games.
This time Dark Souls 3 reigns, going before Midir, the devourer of darkness, has seen an increase of 127 PPM – an increase of 98.44% in terms of being at rest, showing how complicated the boss is. And while many may think it’s for clear advantage, it’s actually for very little, FromSoftware’s game is followed by Mediatonic’s Fall Guys. With only a few months of life, the viral indie makes the heart rate shoot up at the end of the competitions in 63 PPM, almost twice as much as at rest and represents an increase of 95.31% in terms of being at rest; you must really want the crown.
But it’s not all stressful games, the study has also determined which are the most calming and reduce heart rate and stress levels. Animal Crossing, The Sims, and Skyrim reduce PPMs in a 30-minute gaming session to, at most, 5%. This explains their popularity, as although winning is always good, it sometimes feels good to relax after a hard day’s work and/or study to explore and release mental strain.
For these tests, the 14 players had been playing at least 15 hours a week and knew the games, so the list of games they tested was as follows:
- Mario Kart
- FIFA 20
- Call of Duty (Modern Warfare)
- Dark Souls III
- Fall Guys
- Battlefield V
- Street Fighter
- Among Us
- Grand Theft Auto
- The Sims
- Animal Crossing