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Video Game Fun Rooted in Basic Psychological Needs

New video games and cutting-edge consoles freshly unwrapped, millions of gamers are now sitting down with for what most perceive as a bit of post-holiday fun. However, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York report that the motivation to play video games is actually rooted far deeper than a need for mere amusement.

A set of studies examining the mental state and motives of 1,000 players pre- and post-game has found that the most enjoyable games actually provide "opportunities for achievement, freedom, and even a connection to other players" and may even "enhanc[e] psychological wellness, at least short-term." In the case of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) such as World of Warcraft which network thousands of players simultaneously, a sense of "relatedness" was also shown to greatly contribute to players' enjoyment, researchers reported.

Read more: A Reason Why Video Games Are Hard to Give Up

ABSTRACT: The Motivational Pull of Video Games: A Self-Determination Theory Approach

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Posted In: Stress & Coping |

Tags: Happiness | Relatedness | Video Games |

Posted by Staff on December 27, 2006 at 06:45 AM | Permalink


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