Beginning, persisting, and ceasing to play: A Stage uses and gratifications approach to multiplayer video games

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dc.contributor.advisor Austin, Bruce
dc.contributor.advisor Foltz, Franz
dc.contributor.author Shand, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-01T19:36:26Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-01T19:36:26Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/11589
dc.description.abstract Scholars maintain media use is purposeful and the key to understanding media effects lies in understanding the reasons people use media. Previous uses and gratifications research regarding video game use assumes player motivations are constant variables, as researchers did not measure player motivations over the stages of long-term game use. The present study investigated differences between multiplayer video game user motivations across three stages of game play - beginning, persisting, and ceasing to play. Data from survey instruments distributed via online message boards showed statistically significant changes in motivations from both the beginning and persisting stages of play as compared to the ceasing stage. The present study confirmed motivations for video game use change over time, and thus takes an innovative step which can be replicated to better understand our relationship with other media. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Stages of game play en_US
dc.subject Uses and gratifications theory en_US
dc.subject Video games en_US
dc.subject.lcc GV1469.17.S63 S53 2010
dc.subject.lcsh Computer games--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Computer games--Social aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Video games--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Video games--Social aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Multi-user dungeons--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Multi-user dungeons--Social aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Motivation (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Beginning, persisting, and ceasing to play: A Stage uses and gratifications approach to multiplayer video games en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Liberal Arts en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communication en_US

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