Title

The social facilitation of performance, emotions, and motivation in a high challenge video game: Playing people and playing game characters

Source of Publication

International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations

Abstract

Copyright © 2019, IGI Global. The objective of this study is to analyze motivation, performance, state hostility, and targeted affect in a computer-based car racing game when social actors are opponents, and when game characters are opponents. This is a between-subjects, experimental, study of social facilitation with 97 Gulf Arab women. The social facilitation of performance and finishing time does not take place. There is no difference in state hostility based on social facilitation, but there is in emotions targeted at opponents. People are viewed more positively than NPCs after play. Intrinsic engagement and extrinsic motivation are both facilitated by the presence of human opponents. There is evidence that the experience of playing a game character and playing a person is substantially different even though the outcomes of performance and state hostility are not.

Document Type

Article

First Page

38

Last Page

54

Publication Date

7-1-2019

DOI

10.4018/IJGCMS.2019070103

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Russell Blair Williams, Zayed University

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