11:39 AM - March 12, 2011 by Steve_OS
Who are sports video game players?
As digital games grow in popularity and continue to gain great cultural significance, game studies has emerged as a new academic field of study. Game studies scholars at renowned universities around the world are exploring how and why producers design and develop these games, and study how and why different groups of players engage these products. As the field of study grows, sports video games and their players have been largely overlooked and understudied.
Three researchers at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab at MIT are trying to change that. Abe Stein, Mia Consalvo and Konstantin Mitgutsch are conducting a study of sports video game players to begin asking questions about this large subset of the greater video game playing community. Their research is looking into how and why sports video game players experience their play, and also how playing sports video games relates to sports fandom in general. For the month of March a short 5-10 minute anonymous survey is being hosted online where respondents can answer brief, basic questions about their sports video game playing experience. The researchers will collect the data and then report on their findings as a first step in expanding sports video game research in general.
The link to the survey is right here.
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