Prevalence and characteristics of game transfer phenomena: a descriptive survey study

Ortiz de Gortari, A.B. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2016. Prevalence and characteristics of game transfer phenomena: a descriptive survey study. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 32 (6), pp. 470-480. ISSN 1044-7318

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Previous qualitative studies suggest that gamers experience Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP), a variety of non-volitional phenomena related to playing videogames including thoughts, urges, images, sounds when not playing. To investigate (i) which types of GTP were more common and (ii) their general characteristics, the present study surveyed a total of 2,362 gamers via an online survey. The majority of the participants were male, students, aged between 18 and 27 years, and 'hard-core' gamers. Most participants reported having experienced at least one type of GTP at some point (96.6%), the majority having experienced GTP more than once with many reporting 6 to 10 different types of GTP. Results demonstrated that videogame players experienced (i) altered visual perceptions (ii) altered auditory perceptions (iii) altered body perceptions (iv) automated mental processes, and (v) behaviors. In most cases, GTP could not be explained by being under the influence of a psychoactive substance. The GTP experiences were usually shortlived, tended to occur after videogame playing rather than during play, occurred recurrently, and usually occurred while doing day-to-day activities. One in five gamers had experienced some type of distress or dysfunction due to GTP. Many experienced GTP as pleasant and some wanted GTP to happen again.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Creators: Ortiz de Gortari, A.B. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
Volume: 32
Number: 6
ISSN: 1044-7318
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 05 Apr 2016 15:34
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 14:37

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