Оnline Gaming Motivation According to Self-Determination Theory (SDT)

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Abstract

This article contains a short overview of the modern studies on the gaming motivation and the description of an original study designed by the authors. Th e study revealed the similarities and the differences in motivations within the Russian-speaking, European and American online games players, using GAMS — Gaming Motivation Scale. Th e main fi nding is the prevalence of intrinsic motivation in the motivation structure of all explored groups that can indicate a similar motivation for online games playing regardless of the region and of games genre. While the motives for games playing can be rather diff erent, the proportion of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations within gamers stays the same.

General Information

Keywords: motivation, motives, online gaming, culture, Self-Determination theory

Journal rubric: General Psychology, Personality Psychology, History of Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Ivanova N.A., Artemov A.V., Volokhovskiy V.L., Dubik S.V. Оnline Gaming Motivation According to Self-Determination Theory (SDT). Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 2, pp. 47–58. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

References

Hainey T., Connolly T., Stansfield M., Boyle E. Th e diff erences in motivations of online game players and offl ine game players: A combined analysis of three studies at higher education level. Computers & Education, 2011, vol. 57, issue 4, pp. 2197–2211.

Information About the Authors

Nadezhda A. Ivanova, Senior lecturer, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: n.a.ivanova@spbu.ru

Anton V. Artemov, Lesta Studio, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: antondae@gmail.com

Vladimir L. Volokhovskiy, Lesta Studio, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: volokhonsky@gmail.com

Sophia V. Dubik, Lesta Studio, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: s_dubik@wargaming.net

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