[MUD-Dev] Moral / legal responsibility of games

Sasha Hart hart.s at attbi.com
Wed Jan 22 19:59:08 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003


Saw this on Reuters:

  "A study of the last 27 Super Bowl Sundays concluded that the
  highway death rate jumped 70 percent in the first hour after the
  big game and remained high over the next few hours.

  The increase was particularly dramatic in states with the losing
  team, where the death rate was 147 percent higher than the Sundays
  before and after the championship.
  
  The only exception was in states with the winning team, where
  highway death rates did not rise, according to Donald Redelmeier,
  the chief author of the study."

The researchers were speculating that it was because sympathizers
with the losing team were distracted, but didn't actually know why
it was. Perhaps the losing team was drinking harder or driving more
aggressively.

In any case - could that just be the price of having a game people
REALLY care about?

Sasha



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