Female Characters Less Likely To Be Killed in GTA Online?


Some time ago we reported on a social experiment conducted by ComedyKnife. The experiment involved CK approaching random strangers playing GTA Online freemode, and greeting them. That's it. What were the results? Pretty much everyone attacked and killed his character immediately. The few people who didn't (one was Canadian because obviously), warned him that all the others would. The experiment was conducted on around 100 players, which admittedly is a very, very, very small percentage of the full player base of GTA V. But the numbers don't lie, with a total of, like, 6 people who didn't kill him instantly.

Someone has since decided to retry the experiment, except this time they would use a level one female character. Admit it guys, you all used the good old trick of having a low level female character in an MMO to get free stuff from those gullible idiots who are bound to be playing. As it turns out, the same effect can be witnessed in GTA Online, though while the player conducting the experiment, Yan 2295, didn't get any free stuff, they also didn't get a bullet to the face.

Throughout the experiment, 10 players killed Yan, while 18 let him/her live. While 28 is well off from the 100 players of the previous experiment, the averages and the trend speak for themselves. Clearly, GTA Online freemode players are more positively predisposed to female character models.

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But why? When it comes to video games, you can never know who is really on the other side of the screen. Why do we automatically assume a player character is an accurate representation of the player themselves? Is it because we have no other information, and the character model is all that we have to go on?

Do you encounter immediately violent players in GTA Online often?

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  1. If I encounter immediately violent players in GTA Online often?
    I haven't played much online but if so I was almost immediately attacked by some trolls. One time I was standing in front of a property and checked out the price on the website. Suddenly BAM, I was killed by a sniper for no reason. At another time I just walked along and suddenly some idiot ran his expensive supercar into me and smashed me against a concrete wall. His car was crap then but hooray he killed someone. It's not only that but also the lack of discipline I always see in videos on YouTube. A group is lining up for a race but some people of the group think it's funny to knock others from their bike. Another case I saw was in a video of a heist mission where they had to steal a Hydra from the carrier and deliver it. The message was clear, "deliver the hydra at the target spot" but that player who made the video had too much fun shooting at every car on the freeway. At the end the mission failed because he fell too far behind the group. Do I need to say what I think about those players? I don't play online anymore. Too many morons!

Aron Gerencser
Aron is responsible for the bulk of the news posts that you'll find on GTA BOOM each and every day. He loves getting involved with the community and is an avid fan of all things Rockstar Games. His journey with the franchise began with GTA 2 back when it was new (all the way back in 1999), and he was a gamer even before then. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.