Flourishing and video games
Vella, Kellie & Johnson, Daniel M. (2012) Flourishing and video games. In Cermak-Sassenrath, Daniel, Walker, Charles, & Tan, Chek Tien (Eds.) Proceedings of The 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System, ACM Press, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1-3.
Studies dedicated to understanding the relationship between gaming and mental health, have traditionally focused on the effects of depression, anxiety, obsessive usage, aggression, obesity, and faltering ‘real life’ relationships. The complexity of game genre and personality aside, this review aims to define a space for a positive relationship between videogame play and wellbeing by applying current videogame research to the criteria that defines the wellbeing construct ‘flourishing’. Self- determination theory (SDT), and flow provide context, and areas of overlap are explored.
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