Researchers say players of slotxo a popular computer game have learned how to identify real wildlife and predict animal behaviour. Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) features simulations of about 200 animal species including deer and birds. On average players were able to identify 10 of 15 animals in a quiz, three more than non-players, University of Exeter researchers said. They said gaming techniques can be a "force for communication." RDR2 is an action-adventure game set in the southern and western states of the US in 1899. It features animals such as white-tailed deer, jackrabbit, alligator snapping turtle, lake sturgeon, blue jay and roseate spoonbill. The researchers from the University of Exeter and Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall, challenged more than 500 gamers to identify photographs of real animals. The results showed that gamers were better at identifying wildlife with some players reporting increased knowledge about animal behaviour and ecology. One person who took part said RDR2 taught them how to spot a ram that was about to charge, adding: "No joke saved me from breaking a leg in real life."