DePaul Researchers Recruiting for Study on Fighting Game Communities

A new research study exploring the experiences of fighting game community members is recruiting participants from January 18, 2016 to February 8, 2016. To date there have been few if any empirical research studies examining fighting game communities, and most that do look at these communities tend to study the effects of particular video games on violence or aggressive tendencies. This study seeks to expand the understanding of fighting game communities and the experiences of members within those communities.

Primary Investigator Crystal Steltenpohl said, “Our goal with this study is to allow members of various fighting game communities explain their experience within these communities in their own terms.” She continued, “A lot of studies come in with preconceived ideas of how community members feel or act, but my own experiences and the experiences of people I know suggest that there is a lot of diversity within the fighting game community. So we wanted to hear directly from people connected to various fighting game communities. We want to ask what their experiences have been like and how they feel about those communities.” She hopes that this research will be able to inform future studies about fighting game communities, as well as potentially the gaming community in general.

Gamers aged 18 and over around the world are encouraged to participate. US-based participants may also enter a drawing to win one of five $20 Amazon gift cards; however, due to university restrictions, the research team may not offer these participation benefits to non-US participants.

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The survey is expected to take participants 20-30 minutes to complete. Some questions ask participants to write out a response; as such, some people may take slightly longer to finish the survey if they type slower or have more to say on the subject.

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