Game Transfer Phenomena in video game playing: a qualitative interview study

Ortiz de Gortari, AB, Aronsson, K and Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2011. Game Transfer Phenomena in video game playing: a qualitative interview study. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 1 (3), pp. 15-33. ISSN 2155-7136

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Video game playing is a popular activity and its enjoyment among frequent players has been associated with absorption and immersion experiences. This paper examines how immersion in the video game environment can influence the player during the game and afterwards (including fantasies, thoughts, and actions). This is what we describe as Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP). GTP occurs when video game elements are associated with real life elements triggering subsequent thoughts, sensations and/or player actions. To investigate this further, a total of 42 frequent video game players aged between 15 and 21 years old were interviewed. Thematic analysis showed that many players experienced GTP, where players appeared to integrate elements of video game playing into their real lives. These GTP were then classified as either intentional or automatic experiences. Results also showed that players used video games for interacting with others as a form of amusement, modeling or mimicking video game content, and daydreaming about video games. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate how video games sometimes triggered intrusive thoughts, sensations, impulses, reflexes, optical illusions, and dissociations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning
Creators: Ortiz de Gortari, A.B., Aronsson, K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: IGI Global
Date: 2011
Volume: 1
Number: 3
ISSN: 2155-7136
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:48
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:11

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