Players tend to specialize in certain game genres, presumably because those genres offer the kinds of play they most enjoy. Even within a game, they way one person plays that game and the rewards they experience from playing are probably based on their personal motivations for playing. Understanding differences in how people play games and what it is about gaming that motivates and engages them could help predict who will enjoy and benefit from different types of games. It may someday be possible to develop “adaptive” games that offer slightly different modes of play for different player types. Our project will develop a “Gaming Motivation Profile” (GMP) survey based on motivation and personality theories.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIS #0943057.
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