Ergonomics and success at gaming

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This may be a bio question, but I'm not sure so I'm posting it in GD.

For the past 10-15 years, my interest in computer gaming centered on the solitaire game called "free cell". It's a great time waster. I've used several devices over the years. The game tracks my statistics. Once in a while, I peek at my statistics. I have several tens of thousands of games logged, but my success rate has been relatively stable over the years in the range 47% to 53%.

Last week, I won three games in a row so I glanced at the statistics. It said that my record for consecutive wins was 7 and the current win streak was 7. Wow. Since then, I haven't lost a game and my consecutive record now stands at 38. That's far to unlikely to be random chance, so something must be different. But what?

Here's my theory. Last week I played for the first time laying down in a hammock, using a tablet held about 20 cm from my face. I think those ergonomic factors somehow enhanced my ability to visualize several moves in advance and mentally evaluate alternative moves. I use a laptop while sitting and with more distance between screen and eyes. The subtended angle of the playing board is greater when using the tablet as I did.

A second factor is distractions. When I play while sitting I see the whole room. Sometimes, the TV is on while I play. The hammock+tablet setup is closer to a VR experience, because it reduces distractions. But that is also ergonomics.

o_O A third theory is that this change happened at the same time I stopped being a PF mentor. :nb):wink::smile:

What do you say? Might my speculations on ergonomics be valid? Have other people reported more board game success when using VR helmets? What about chess? What other theories should I consider to explain this abrupt change in win statistics?
 
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A third theory is that this change happened at the same time I stopped being a PF mentor.
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Could it just be that you figured out how to win the game?
 
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If you kill the game with Task Manager, the losses don't get registered. :oldtongue:
 
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Are you sure there were no updates/changes to the game code itself?

I am not aware of any research related to the connection between ergonomics and logical games. There is a hard statistical data from Nvidia proving that higher fps (frames per second) leads to more kills in competitive FPS (first person shooter) gaming. It is a common knowledge between gamers that the best DPI (mouse sensitivity) in FPS is a matter of personal preferences and everyone should choose one that they feel most comfortable with. I know from experience that in some kinds of games played vs time smaller screens (larger FOV) lead to better results, but that's just personal anecdata.
 
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Speaking only for myself when it comes to chess, this is what I've found. With Chessmaster I've always used the 2D layout and these days I can take anyone up to about Elo 1900. Provided I'm looking at a 2D layout. I find that looking at an actual board or 3D depiction nowadays, my ability to see lengthy combinations along multiple lines has deteriorated big time. The only way I can play successfully with a board is by transferring the moves to 2D and looking at that instead.
 

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