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The Red Team Wins

CowboyNeal posted more than 6 years ago | from the every-last-leg-up dept.

First Person Shooters (Games) 299

Voltageaav writes "Recent studies indicate that in both First Person Shooters and even athletic competitions, wearing red gives you an advantage. It's speculated that this distracts the other team slightly due to the psychological aspect of people turning red when angry." Of course the Blue Team loses — as evidence I submit the history of the Detroit Lions.

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I disagree. (4, Funny)

TomRK1089 (1270906) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791207)

The Boston Red Sox.

Re:I disagree. (3, Interesting)

menace3society (768451) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791245)

Yeah, the only case I can think of where the guy wearing red always wins in bullfighting, and that's kind of rigged.

As an aside, people also turn red when they are embarrassed or drunk, so wouldn't the psychological effect cancel itself out?

Does Red Cost You More? (5, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791523)

"Yeah, the only case I can think of where the guy wearing red always wins in bullfighting, and that's kind of rigged.

As an aside, people also turn red when they are embarrassed or drunk, so wouldn't the psychological effect cancel itself out?"

Funny...I remember when I bought a red Corvette...that everyone told me not to get red, because it would make your insurance higher. I'd heard that all my life.

I called State Farm and asked them if color mattered as to my insurance rate. Nope.

What matters is your driving record, your sex, the price of the car (repairs), and it seems these days strangely enough...your credit rating?!?!

Re:Does Red Cost You More? (3, Interesting)

strabes (1075839) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791621)

I think the idea is that red cars get in more accidents or something. It's either the personality of people who buy red cars or that red distracts other drivers and subconsciously causes them to hit red cars. I tend to think it's the latter because I've owned a red car (that I bought used for a great deal - color wasn't important to me) for close to four years now and I don't regularly have to swerve to avoid getting hit by people who are distracted by my fire engine red car.

Re:Does Red Cost You More? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791703)

Actually it has more to do with the fact that red is the most popular color for cars so statistically red cars get into accidents and stolen more because there are more red cars than most others. There is a study however that suggested that red or other flashy colored cars are more likely to get speeding tickets because they are drawing attention to themselves; grey, black and other neutral colored cars got the least number of speeding tickets.

Speaking of nonsense and cars, my new favorite past time is watching people who have massive SUVs drive like little old ladies over little bumps in the road. Or the guy I saw yesterday with "rimz" on his SUV hauling a trailer full of compost and stuff from Lowes. I think that one is a conflict of interest.

Re:Does Red Cost You More? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791809)

you mean the former?

Re:Does Red Cost You More? (5, Insightful)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791807)

Red is more of a 'HEY POLICE OFFICER, CHECK MY SPEED' color. And you'll end up getting more tickets. And since it's a flashy red car, the officer will be less likely to make it into a warning. So, yes, your insurance rate will be higher.

Re:Does Red Cost You More? (1)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791959)

Red is more of a 'HEY POLICE OFFICER, CHECK MY SPEED' color. And you'll end up getting more tickets. And since it's a flashy red car, the officer will be less likely to make it into a warning. So, yes, your insurance rate will be higher.
Well, your rates will be higher because of the tickets. But my insurance company doesn't even ask what color my car is.

Does your insurance pays for your tickets?

Re:I disagree. (1)

PhreakOfTime (588141) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791333)

Chicago Cubs?

(except this year)

Re:I disagree. (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791389)

The Boston Red Sox.
And furthermore... The Cincinnati Reds.

Re:I disagree. (2, Interesting)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791431)

And in fact, the Phillies wear a color that's more or less red.

The Phillies are officially the losing-est team of any sport, anywhere. More than 10,000 loses.

Back to the lab folks, I think "D" isn't quite "Q.E." yet.

Re:I disagree. (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791517)

Did you see them clean house last night? I don't even watch baseball but it was on at the bar and the Phillies CREAMED the St. Louis Cardinals. Last I saw it was 20 - 2 in the 8th inning.

Not sure how they can be the losing-est team when they slaughtered like that.

Re:I disagree. (1)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791639)

I loved it. I'm working in St. Louis right now and got crap in the restaurant for wearing a Diamond Backs search only to see the Cardinals get pummeled by the Phillies scoring 20 runs.

Re:I disagree. (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791401)

And on the other side of the coin, the New England Patriots have done alright the last decade or so.

Re:I disagree. (1)

SuperSneaks (1183027) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791913)

18 - 1

Chicago Cubs would agree (1)

howardd21 (1001567) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791589)

Losers for a long time to almost any other color...

Re:I disagree. (1)

srijon (1091345) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791783)

The Republican party.

Re:I disagree. (1)

andy1307 (656570) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791859)

The Washington RedSkins.

Re:I disagree. (1)

dancingwllamas (1075981) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791863)

Last October they beat the Rockies pretty badly, who wear purple (granted, they were the Rockies...).

Re:I disagree. (1)

Randall311 (866824) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791921)

Nobody mentioned the Detroit Red Wings. There wear the most red out of all these teams, and they won the Stanley Cup this year. I think they help prove the author's point on this. Red team wins.

Re:I disagree. (1)

AlpineR (32307) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791999)

Baseball isn't exactly the most aggressive sport. I don't think an outfielder will overthrow the ball because he sees an opponent in a red jersey 250 feet away. (That is, even if the Red Sox did wear lots of red.)

TF2 Stats say... (4, Interesting)

LastToKnow (449735) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791227)

Especially if you're playing on Goldrush [steampowered.com] (last graph is wins per team per map

Re:TF2 Stats say... (2, Insightful)

DanWS6 (1248650) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791303)

That has more to do with the design of the map since each team switches color when going from offense to defense.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (3, Informative)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791313)

Goldrush is an asymmetric map where the blue team attacks and the red team defends.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (3, Informative)

LastToKnow (449735) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791669)

This is true, and of course the asmmetric maps are a bad place to look for color disparity, I just meant to be funny. However Well, Granary, and Badlands are symmetric maps, and all three of those have red winning slightly more often than blue.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791837)

Your mom, bitch.

Your mom.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (5, Interesting)

777a (826468) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791327)

The fine article is a little light on details, only mentioning Unreal Tournament, but in Team Fortress 2 there is a good reason red win more (bottom chart in parents link).

In any of the Attack / Defend maps blue plays the attackers, and red plays the defenders.

To keep things fair the attackers respawn a lot quicker than the defenders (since the attacker has to respawn and run halfway across the map, while the defender usually respawns only a short walk from the final defence point).

Since waiting 10 to 20 seconds to respawn is pretty boring a lot of servers reduce the respawn rate, this gives a major advantage to the defenders (red).

So why do red have a slight advantage in other TF2 maps? After someone has played TF2 many hours, they'll realise that they generally win more as red, they may not analyse why they win more, but the end result is players with a lot of TF2 experience tend to join the red team without really thinking about it.

Personally I think Tribes 2 did it right, the enemy always is red.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (-1, Offtopic)

DaedalusHKX (660194) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791473)

They're right, however, I mean look... the Fabian Socialists have implemented Communism the way the Reds never could dream of. I mean damn, look at the USA, its a communist or semi communist oligarchy, little different than the USSR. Government controls and owns all, if you disagree, try not paying "ye pithy taxes" and see how quickly the ninja masked thugs descent upon your home.

Granted, most Americans today are fat, lazy and slow. (A trait I shared with my fellows for some time before cleaning up my diet and my attitude.) They worship the victim, without realizing that oftentimes, the victim DESERVES what it gets. Almost like the fish thing... "those poor fishies, being tricked by evil anglers"... nobody stops to think "good for evolution, that fish was stupid enough to go for an EARTHWORM that was miraculously swimming in the middle of a LAKE?? Good thing that stupid fish never got to breed, IMHO."

Which tells me only one thing... no matter who wins in what game... the Reds or Blue team or Green team... the ultimate winner is the guy who made and sold the game. He gets rewarded by feeling good and making a bundle. Same thing in real life.

Re:TF2 Stats say... (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791651)

Wow what the hell? Someone wake up on a high horse this morning?

Re:TF2 Stats say... (0, Offtopic)

DaedalusHKX (660194) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791889)

You disagree then, that the only winners are the guys actually selling the game the Reds and the others play?

If I were to call to notice the real winners of every world war, of every major upheaval or conflict, it would be those who financed it, not those who played to "beat the other team". If I were to choose the winning side in any conflict, I would become a banker or marry into a banking family, not go fight for some army. Fighting for armies or on teams is a feel good thing. There are no real winnings, no real victories to be had. Short of running the world's money supply and scamming the stupid and gullible out of their life savings, there is really no other 'winning side' since all other sides work for the money men as well.

Do I call them evil? Nope. Brilliant? Yes. Do I admire brilliance when I see it? Yes. Regardless of the evils they inflict, it isn't as if they FORCED the worm and hook down the fish's throat. Stupid little fishy grabbed the bait of its own free will.

Wearing red? Really? (1)

Blitz22 (1122015) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791237)

When I first played UT04, sometimes I would wear red, sometimes blue, but I ALWAYS got pwnd!
When I got much better, I pwnd teh noobs, and got pwnd by teh 1337, whether red OR blue. If this finding was really true, wouldn't someone have noticed it by now?

Re:Wearing red? Really? (5, Insightful)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791267)

Blue is a better camoflage colour in UT. They have numbers on this I believe. Blue has a slight advantage over Red.

wow, old news (2, Interesting)

Garble Snarky (715674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791241)

Re:wow, old news (1)

Blitz22 (1122015) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791257)

What's Liverpool's excuse then? Or the 1981 Cleveland Indians?

Question about the method (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791243)


"... said the reason was most likely that the color red may act as a psychological distractor for men, possibly because men flush and turn red when they're angry."

How did they know the players were men? They could have been... oh, wait

Red team, but not... (5, Funny)

kryogen1x (838672) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791253)

Red shirts! [wikipedia.org]

Re:Red team, but not... (1)

ozbird (127571) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791337)

Red shirts!

Only if you don't have a last name. [wikiquote.org]

Eve Online (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791255)

I'm in a corp in Eve Online, a heavy player v player orientated spaceship game.

With Eve, a hostile ship that is attacking you is displayed on screen, and also on the overview as a flashing red bar - the flashing red showing that the enemy ship has you targeted and is activating modules upon you with hostile intent.

One of the first things we do with newcomers to our corp/Eve is tell them to change the overview colour of a hostile ship from a flashing red to a solid green.

The change has had noticable effect. Before people would see the red and get an adrenaline boost, often resulting in them freezing for long enough to lose the battle. When seeing a solid green stating a metaphorical 'go go go!' as opposed to a red screaming 'Danger!' the newcomers perform better and freeze less often.

Re:Eve Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791361)

How much of that is physiological preparation though? By telling them to change the colour because they won't get startled so much you also mentally prepare them by suggesting that they won't panic when they see green.

To test it properly you'd have to set the interface for them and see if it still makes a difference.

Re:Eve Online (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791547)

Or just tell them "We all like to set our indicators from red to green. It's prettier." and give them no other info at first. Then again, OP didn't say they were doing it as a research study; it just works for them so frankly the 'why' it works is far less important from a practical standpoint.

I thought wearing red gets you killed (4, Funny)

Werrismys (764601) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791263)

Too much TOS.

Re:I thought wearing red gets you killed (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791453)

Ninjas wore red. More so than the typical black outfit you see today. It wasn't a bright shiny red though, but rather a dark brownish kind.

Thing is, that red is the lowest frequency color which gives it some special properties in low light.
The brown red mentioned above looks almost blacker than black in the night, and the outlines blur.
The eye is simply not very responsive to it.

I don't think this is why red wins in FPS shooters though, but who knows.

The eye has other problems with *blue* though.

WAAGH! (5, Informative)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791277)

"Da red wunz go fasta!"

Re:WAAGH! (2, Insightful)

warlorddagaz (1242518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791463)

"WAAGH! (Score:4, Informative)"

QED

Re:WAAGH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791985)

"Da red wunz go fasta!"
This post on its own is mildly amusing at best...

However, the fact that it was modded +4 INFORMATIVE just made my day.

Sarge will be so happy! (1)

CryoStasis (171521) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791291)

But Church is going to be pissed!

BSoD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791293)

This must be why the BSoD signifies failure.

I will have to try this out... (1)

explodingspleen (1267860) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791295)

...playing airsoft. Do you think they sell bright red camo?

Re:I will have to try this out... (1)

rev_g33k_101 (886348) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791763)

Red Tiger Stripe Camo! [tridentmilitary.com]

I'm black..... (5, Funny)

Chineseyes (691744) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791309)

It's speculated that this distracts the other team slightly due to the psychological aspect of people turning red when angry."

I'm black, I can't turn red you insensitive clod.

Unfair. (1)

oh2 (520684) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791311)

This is of course very unfair. In the future everyone should be required to wear a pair of monochrome contact lenses or a small device on the optic nerve that randomly changes the color signals from the eyes.

Great Yet Another. (1)

Zashi (992673) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791329)

Oh great, yet another reason to fear China.

Being angry helps? (1)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791351)

I think its more like any team coached by Jose Mourinho wins, no metter if it is blue, green or naked. I mean ManU, Liverpool and Arsenal (all red) looked very angry all the time, but his *blue* team won everything, every time.

Re:Being angry helps? (2, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791793)

Also, wearing red doesn't help Polish representation much - in major sporting events they typically win only in third game, the one that's solely for "honor" ;P

red girlfriend (1)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791355)

from TFA

Neuroscientist Mihai Moldovan of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark said the reason was most likely that the color red may act as a psychological distractor for men, possibly because men flush and turn red when they're angry.

Anyone who has ever had a girlfriend KNOWS that women flush and turn red! And NOT just when they are angry! ...neuro"scientist"...

Re:red girlfriend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791577)

You should release her neck or she will soon turn blue. LOL
The above black guy will be angry because his imaginary black girlfriend cannot turn red either.

Re:red girlfriend (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791827)

That wouldn't necessarily be at odds with the interpratation from the article - so that red would not only intimidate you, but also could send a message of submission/beeing in control/etc., perhaps? (causing you to underestimate your enemy)

But anyway, if what I just wrote is more or less correct, I'd guess it would be very gender/situation specific, so it doesn't really mess with original interpreation.

Please wear red... (5, Interesting)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791375)

...if you are my opponent in Day Of Defeat (I'll keep the camo) ;-)

Selection bias (5, Funny)

overshoot (39700) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791379)

The results would have been the other way around if they hadn't stacked the deck by removing Star Trek crewmen from consideration.

Re:Selection bias (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791571)

They used TnG too, so Yellow canceled the Red.

Yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791383)

Suck it, Blue!

--Grif

tiger woods FTW (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791391)

he always wears a red shirt for the fourth round... might be something to this story... or maybe tiger woods is just that good, regardless of the shirt.

quit whining (1)

Isaac-Lew (623) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791399)

Their redshirt-wearing hockey team [wikipedia.org] won the Stanley Cup, didn't they?

Lousy article; bunk evidence (1)

nunyabiz (854714) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791405)

Lousy article. You submit the Detroit Lions as evidence. I submit the New York Giants as evidence of your arguments failure. And I further submit the Arizona Cardinals as evidence that this article is a bunch of crap...

Camouflage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791425)

Red is easier to spot. Bang!

Well that just about seals the home team winning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791437)

the olympics this time round...

That explains a lot in Detroit anyway. (1)

clintp (5169) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791447)

This might explain:

The Detroit Red Wings, the closest thing to a winning "dynasty" in the days of free-agency hockey. (4 Stanley Cups in 11 years). (Red & White hockey sweaters.)

And the Detroit Lions... perennial losers, only a handful of playoff appearances in 40 years, and no chance of winning anything anytime in the forseeable future. (Blue & Grey [and black] jerseys)

Or it could be decades of lackluster mis-management by the Lions owners (the Ford family), and a passionate winning attitude from the competent Red Wings owners (the Illich family).

Re:That explains a lot in Detroit anyway. (2, Informative)

silver6 (1203428) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791573)

Also the Montreal Canadians who have the biggest Stanley Cup dynasty of all time wear red too, although they haven't done so good lately.

Hoarde Wins, Alliance Whines (1)

El_Furioso (1307641) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791455)

Enough said.

causality backwards? (1)

xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791457)

The implicit assumption seems to be that good players don't prefer to be on the red team.

Maybe (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791459)

Maybe winners just like the color red.

Re:Maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791551)

My thoughts exactly.

Detroit Red Wings' real advantage over Penguins? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791475)

Maybe the Red Wings' red gloves did them some good. let's review the play-off scores: Sat., May 24 Pittsburgh 0 Detroit 4; Mon., May 26 Pittsburgh 0 Detroit 3; Wed., May 28 Detroit 2 Pittsburgh 3; Sat., May 31 Detroit 2 Pittsburgh 1; Mon., Jun 2 Pittsburgh 4 Detroit 3; Wed., Jun 4 Detroit 3 Pittsburgh 2;

Re:Detroit Red Wings' real advantage over Penguins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791511)

Sidney Crosby cockiness was the Red Wings advantage.

I was expecting the announcers to get out on the ice and start blowing him during time-outs.

Re:Detroit Red Wings' real advantage over Penguins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791585)

I was expecting the announcers to get out on the ice and start blowing him during time-outs.
That was during the TV time out. Sydney was very frustrated because 2min of fellatio isn't enough to satisfy.

The results don't mean anything! (2, Informative)

CunningPike (112982) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791483)

For a fixed number of games, there's always a bit of uncertainty about what the true probability of red winning is. The more games analysed the less this uncertainty will be.


So, to look at what this study actually tells us, we can use some simple statistics [wikipedia.org] to determine what range of probabilities we're 99.999% sure the true probability of red winning lies within. (This is example #3: "The coin is tossed...").


And the answer is, given 1,347 trials (games) with a 55% red-wins outcome, the true value lies somewhere between 49% and 61% (inclusive).
So we're 99.999% sure that the results have not ruled out the null hypothesis: that wearing red has no effect at all.


There may be a real effect here, but more work is needed! Until then, Occam's razor selects the simpler explanation: there's no effect.

Re:The results don't mean anything! (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791679)

Valve's TeamFortress 2 stats [steampowered.com] show the same effect after over many more trials -- 21,000 in the case of 2fort.

What about Purple? (1)

multi-flavor-geek (586005) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791485)

Its a combination of both red and blue, and we have all witnessed what it has done for the Minnesota Vikings...

What do you call a Minnesota Viking with a Super Bowl ring?
Thief....

Actually, it's best to play in orange :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791505)

3-0 / 4-1

Not always (1)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791529)

Of course the Blue Team loses, as evidence I submit the history of the Detroit Lions.
The Dallas Cowboys wear blue and they have the highest overall winning percentage all-time (includes playoffs) and even though they've only been around since 1960 they have the most playoff wins of any NFL team. (32 playoff wins, 5 of them Super Bowl wins)

The Bears has the most total wins. (677) Of course they've been around since the birth of dirt!

Re:Not always (1)

johosaphats (1082929) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791851)

To be fair to the study though, from wikipedia:

Throughout the years, the Cowboys' blue jersey has been popularly viewed to be "jinxed" because the team often seemed to lose when they wore them. This curse purportedly became popular after the team lost Super Bowl V, when they were forced to wear their colored jersey because they were the designated home team.[12] Since then, the rules were changed to allow the Super Bowl home team to pick their choice of jersey. Most of the time, Dallas will wear their blue jersey when they visit Washington, Miami, or one of the handful of other teams that traditionally wear their white jersey at home during the first half of the season due to the hot climates in their respective cities. Occasionally opposing teams will wear their white jerseys at home to try to invoke the curse,[13] as when the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Cowboys in the 1980 NFC Championship Game.[14] Although Dallas has made several tweaks to their blue jerseys over the years, Schramm said he did not believe in the curse.[15]
The Cowboys seem to do better in their white jersey (and it is their preferred jersey) even though it contains blue.

Fort Irwin's Red Team (1)

Migraineman (632203) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791539)

In the late 1980s, I had the pleasure of observing some Red Team training activities at Fort Irwin [army.mil] in California. This is the US Army's premiere force-on-force training environment. They have a remarkably competent Opposing Force unit, and they're quite skilled at using non-US equipment and tactics against the visiting Blue Team battalions. Yes, this is big stuff - training at the battalion and brigade level.

"Red Team Wins," and they generally do.

Reminds me... (2, Interesting)

Some1too (1242900) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791593)

I can't remember there where and when but there is someone out there pushing to have emergency exits signs and lights changed from red color to a green color for this very same reason. When we see a red traffic light we stop. In North America (and I assume several other continents) stop signs are also red. In an emergency the few seconds of hesitation possibly generated by a red light instead of a green light might cost lives. It was an interesting subject matter and seems to make sense. Wonder if we'll even see green exit signs in our near future?

Re:Reminds me... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791665)

In Sweden all exit and emergency signs have a green background with white text.

Re:Reminds me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791789)

Wonder if we'll even see green exit signs in our near future?
Over here (that's Switzerland), exit signs actually ARE green, although I don't know, if it is for this reason

Just in: Most recent evidence (1)

kanweg (771128) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791631)

Th French (Les Bleus) lost from the Dutch yesterday in the European soccxr game.

Re:Just in: Most recent evidence (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791995)

Our colour is orange, you insensitive clod!

Private Dexter Grif would disagree with the report (1)

Glytch (4881) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791643)

Of course, they've never exactly lost, either. Maybe both Red and Blue are just too incompetent to win.

High School Record (1)

heretichacker (1132337) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791667)

One of my high school colors was red. In nearly every athletic sport, we lost (excluding basketball) *every* *single* *game* with very few exceptions. " It's speculated that this distracts the other team slightly due to the psychological aspect of people turning red when angry." The coach was a big, angry guy. And he turned red a lot. And we still lost.

Re:High School Record (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791751)

sounds like you sucked and red had nothing to do with your suckiness.

It doesn't distract everyone. (1)

pcgabe (712924) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791675)

I am unaffected by this "red means angry" distraction. I can't see red; I'm colorblind.

Wait, is that why the red team is completely invisible to me? No wonder they keep winning.

The blue team, on the other hand, stands out quite nicely.

Tiger Understands This (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791705)

Tiger Woods wears a red shirt in the final round of every golf tournament.

Statistics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23791765)

Can someone tell me if 55% is actually something statistically relevant for only 1,500 trials? (How much better is this than a coin flip?)

This explains the 2000 election (1)

Ken_g6 (775014) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791801)

In particular, the results of the 2000 presidential election.

Why can't Democratic states be "red states"?

As a UT2k4 player... (1)

RavenChild (854835) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791823)

... I have noticed this trend. I play better when I'm on the red team and now I guess I know why. Whenever I am on blue team, however, I have the player skins of red team set to blue. This offers consistency no matter what team I end up joining.

Nothing new here. (1)

Rip!ey (599235) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791869)

players of Unreal Tournament can choose to be on either the red team or the blue team

Aggressive people are more likely to choose to wear red. It tends to happen in any competitive environment, including the workplace. Nothing new here.

a test of the theory (4, Interesting)

Gearoid_Murphy (976819) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791875)

They should try switching the perceived colours of multiplayer teams and observe the result. For example, some games always show the enemy as red and friendlies as blue. Reversing this might have a noticeable effect on the game play and consequently lead the way to isolating the effect of team colour on our behaviour.

Red processed more slowly? (1)

Fweeky (41046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791909)

I remember reading somewhere that different colours are processed at different rates by the visual cortex, with blue being handled faster than red.

Here [iovs.org] is an interesting looking paper on the subject, "If, however, stimuli possess good chromatic selectivity and minimize achromatic intrusions, then there is a strong dependence of RT [reaction time] on stimulus color" -- alas it seems like red invokes better reaction times going by a quick scan of it, but it is interesting that red-green and blue-yellow have distinct processing paths that can be measured.

RvB (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791931)

well I guess this puts an end to red vs Blue (and all it's spin-offs)

Just ask the robot folks at CMU... (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 6 years ago | (#23791955)

that's what they're betting on...

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