Positively playful : when videogames lead to player wellbeing

Vella, Kellie, Johnson, Daniel, & Hides, Leanne (2013) Positively playful : when videogames lead to player wellbeing. In Nacke, Lennart E., Harrigan, Kevin, & Randall, Neil (Eds.) First International Conference on Gameful Design, Research and Applications, ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery), Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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Videogames are an increasingly popular entertainment choice, yet we have a limited understanding of their potential wellbeing benefits. The current research used an online survey (N = 429) to investigate how gameplay choices and the psychological experience of gameplay impact on player wellbeing. Specifically, a hierarchical multiple regression was conducted to determine if, controlling for age and gender, current gameplay choices (amount of play, game genre, mode of play) and play experience (flow, psychological need satisfaction) predicted current wellbeing. Results indicated that age, social play, relatedness during gameplay and flow were positively associated with player wellbeing. Implications for our understanding of player wellbeing, as well as directions for future research are discussed.

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ID Code: 63627
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: videogames, flow, self-determination theory, psychology, well-being, computer-human interaction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > OTHER TECHNOLOGY (109900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Association for Computing Machinery
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Deposited On: 22 Oct 2013 23:44
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2013 04:17

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