The role of structural characteristics in problem video game playing: a review

King, D.L., Delfabbro, P.H. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2010. The role of structural characteristics in problem video game playing: a review. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 4 (1).

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Abstract

The structural characteristics of video games may play an important role in explaining why some people play video games to excess. This paper provides a review of the literature on structural features of video games and the psychological experience of playing video games. The dominant view of the appeal of video games is based on operant conditioning theory and the notion that video games satisfy various needs for social interaction and belonging. However, there is a lack of experimental and longitudinal data that assesses the importance of specific features in video games in excessive video game playing. Various challenges in studying the structural features of video games are discussed. Potential directions for future research are outlined, notably the need to identify what problem (as opposed to casual) players seek from the video games they play.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace
Creators: King, D.L., Delfabbro, P.H. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies
Date: 2010
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:55
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25730

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