“Looking for an Amazing Game I Can Relax and Sink Hours into...”: A Study of Relevance Aspects in Video Game Discovery

  • Toine BogersEmail author
  • Maria Gäde
  • Marijn Koolen
  • Vivien Petras
  • Mette Skov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11420)


With the rapid growth of the video game industry over the past decade, there has been a commensurate increase in research activity focused on a variety of aspects of video games. How people discover the video games they want to play and how they articulate these information needs is still largely unknown, however. A better understanding of video game-related information needs and what makes a game relevant to a user could aid in the design of more effective, domain-specific search engines. In this paper we take a first step towards such domain-specific understanding. We present an analysis of a random sample of 521 complex game requests posted on Reddit. A coding scheme was developed that captures the 41 different aspects of relevance and information needs expressed in these requests. We find that game requests contain an average of close to 5 different relevance aspects. Several of these relevance aspects are geared specifically to video games, while others are more general.


Query analysis Video games Game search Complex search Information need categorization Relevance aspects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toine Bogers
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Gäde
    • 2
  • Marijn Koolen
    • 3
  • Vivien Petras
    • 2
  • Mette Skov
    • 4
  1. 1.Science, Policy and Information Studies, Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg University CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Berlin School of Library and Information ScienceHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – Humanities ClusterAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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