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How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?
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How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study?

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This set describes the results of a meta-analysis of how researchers choose commercial games for their studies.

This set describes the results of a meta-analysis of how researchers choose commercial games for their studies.

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  • 1. How Do Researchers Choose Commercial Games for Study? Katrin Becker
  • 2. Background <ul><li>How does a commercially and critically successful modern video game support the learning that players must accomplish in order to succeed in the game (i.e. get to the end or win)? </li></ul><ul><li>Study the masters. </li></ul><ul><li>How to define ‘successful’ game? </li></ul>
  • 3. In the good old days.. <ul><li>Studied what we had </li></ul><ul><li>Reported on the games we knew </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote about interesting things we discovered about the games we were already playing </li></ul>
  • 4. But now.... <ul><li>Over 50,000 games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( http://www.gamestats.com/ reports almost 58,000) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>~ 3000 titles released in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>So much choice </li></ul><ul><li>Begs the question... </li></ul>
  • 5. Why this game?
  • 6. Why Should We Care? <ul><li>Games Studies still building academic credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Speaks to generalizibility of studies </li></ul><ul><li>If you make a claim: where’s the evidence?! </li></ul>
  • 7. What I did <ul><li>Meta analysis </li></ul><ul><li>2003-2006 and 2007-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Looked at papers featuring 1 or a few games </li></ul><ul><li>Looked at whether they explained and why this game was chosen. </li></ul>
  • 8. What I DIDN’T <ul><li>Judge worthiness of game chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Assume that no explanation = no thought </li></ul>
  • 9. What I found out How people used the game: the mod or embellishment of an existing game Mod more general discussion or study which uses a game as evidence, or to illustrate a point Example people using the game, or some other aspect where the game is the tool Apparatus a certain kind of game rather than people using the game Typical any game or all games (the study looks at the game rather than people using the game) General 4% 4% 33% 40% 19% 2003-2006 3% 3% 8% 75% 8% 2007-2008 Of those papers examined
  • 10. Does report have references to support claims about validity of rationale for game choice. (i.e. the qualities necessary for a suitable game for this study)? <ul><li>2003-2006: 15% (yes, but only one gave more than a single reference) </li></ul><ul><li>2007-2008: 6% yes, 8% yes>1 = 14% total </li></ul>
  • 11. Does report have references to support for claims that chosen game meets specified criteria? <ul><li>2003-2006: 4% yes </li></ul><ul><li>2007-2008: 3% yes </li></ul>
  • 12. Was there any mention of games not chosen or description of unsuitable games? <ul><li>2003-2006: 2% yes </li></ul><ul><li>2007-2008: 0% yes </li></ul>
  • 13. Was there any mention of any structured methodology for the game choice? <ul><li>2003-2006: 2% yes </li></ul><ul><li>2007-2008: 0% yes </li></ul>
  • 14. Some sample reasons... <ul><li>We’re already using it </li></ul><ul><li>It is the most popular </li></ul><ul><li>It is typical </li></ul><ul><li>It has what I need for my study </li></ul><ul><li>Has an in-game economy </li></ul><ul><li>Have played it for a long time </li></ul><ul><li>Typical of Japanese games </li></ul>
  • 15. Some sample reasons... <ul><li>Embodies movement moreso than most other games </li></ul><ul><li>Because of its story </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative & open-ended </li></ul><ul><li>A game with significant fantasy element </li></ul><ul><li>Good game </li></ul><ul><li>Prior work </li></ul>
  • 16. <ul><li>Often the explanation is simply one that claims the game is of the sort needed for this study. </li></ul>
  • 17. Nothing has changed
  • 18. Who Cares? <ul><li>Speaks to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Credibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness for purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generalizability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mario & Assassin’s Creed are both violent games. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(yeah, right) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  • 19. What is Needed? <ul><li>Justify why THIS game </li></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence supporting the claims we make about the qualities of the game that we have determined are necessary to our study </li></ul>
  • 20. Questions / Discussion

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