The Relationship between Types of Video Games and Communicative Skills of Young Players: The Systematic Literature Review Using the PRISMA Tool



The article presents a systematic review of studies on the effects of different types of video games on the communication skills of adolescent and young adult gamers. To conduct the systematic review, the PRISMA methodology was used, which offers an algorithm that makes the literature review as objective as possible. This methodology involves searching for articles of interest in databases based on keywords. Of the 1,953 articles retrieved from 2018—2023, 9 studies were included in the qualitative synthesis after going through the identification, screening, and eligibility stages. Based on the results of analysis of data from these studies, video games have the potential to develop communication skills in adolescents and young adults. The most pronounced effect is demonstrated by massively multiplayer online video games (MMOG), since during the game the participants actively interact with each other using oral and written communication. MMOGs motivate players to learn English, its grammar and vocabulary, and the ability to communicate confidently increases the players’ self-esteem and provides skills in intercultural interaction. Further development of issues related to the practical use of MMOGs within the framework of foreign language training courses seems promising.

General Information

Keywords: ommunication, communication skills, multiplayer online video games, adolescents, young men, systematic analysis, PRISMA, ESL, MMOG

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The study was carried out within the framework of the state assignment of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation dated 06/02/2023 No. 073-00038-23-05 “The relationship between the cognitive and communicative abilities of adolescents and young men and the effectiveness of their solving gaming problems in the digital environment”.

Received: 12.10.2023


For citation: Salomatova O.V. The Relationship between Types of Video Games and Communicative Skills of Young Players: The Systematic Literature Review Using the PRISMA Tool [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2023. Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 101–110. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2023120409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga V. Salomatova, MA in Psychology, junior research fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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