If you’re a man who is crap at games, like me, then you are significantly more likely to be a dick to any women who rock up and start playing games alongside you. That’s according to a study published on PLOS ONE that sought to test the hypothesis that “female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status.”
I don’t think video games are intrinsic to this for the reason most would think. Any online game, where people can be set against others, would illicit the response. The likelihood is higher for games that support more than two players (chess, checkers, etc), but will happen all the same. Online game play provides more random sampling, otherwise you’re playing people who are acquaintances or known by acquaintances.
I’m curious to see how low ranked/poor players deal with other known trigger groups – various minorities, etc.