When you think of stressful video games, the last thing that would come to mind is Mario Kart 8. Yes, Rainbow Road might have caused some headaches in the SNES days, however the racing game is great for having a good time. Despite this, the Nintendo title generates stress according to a recent study.
According to VG247, the BonusFinder study measured the heart rates of active gamers in 16 of the most popular PC, console and mobile games. According to the data, Mario Kart raises the pace by an average of 21 PPM after a 30 minute gaming session.
The car game is closely followed by FIFA 20, who does the same with an average of 20 PPM. Behind them are PS4’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dark Souls 3, and Fortnite, all of which increase over 16 PPM in 30-minute sessions. These data compare the increase in beats per minute compared to the average in the resting state (64 bpm).
Although Mario Kart could be considered a casual game to distract yourself after a stressful day at work, the truth is that the rise in heart rate what causes is similar to what we would get if we went for a walk.
‘Dark Souls’ is more stressful than ‘Mario Kart’
Despite this, the Mario game lags far behind from Dark Souls 3 in terms of maximum PPM increase. From Software’s game produces the most stressful moments when it comes to facing the final bosses. According to BonusFinder, Darkeater Midir – boss of The Ringed City DLC – managed to raise the heart rate to 127 bpm.
The same could be said for any other soulslike, extreme difficulty games that test our pattern learning skills. curiously Fall Guys, which has nothing to do with this genre, ranks second with measurements of up to 124 PPM. Players experience stress as they approach the end of each circuit.
Mario Kart is in third position with a maximum peak of 112 PPM. The studio does not specify the version of the game, although we assume that it is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch. The Top 5 is completed with Street Fighter and FIFA 20, followed by Doom, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Battlefield V and Fortnite.
The data obtained by BonusFinder are interesting, though they are not representative. From the outset, the study was only made of 14 enthusiastic players who were familiar with the games on the list and who dedicated at least 15 hours a week to this activity. It would be interesting to get an overview with more participants and measurement methodologies.
Still it is curious that Mario Kart is positioned as one of the 3 most stressful video games. If you want to relax, you better play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Minecraft or Skyrim, who are at the bottom of the list.
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