Follow the Trail of Enemies

  • Emory S. DanielJr.
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)


Difficult games have become a popular avenue for players who enjoy a test of skill. Gamers often like to seek challenges, break constraints within the rules of a game, and create new levels of difficulty to create a new play experience. Often though, when we find difficulty in games, the instinct is to quit playing. However, if we are persistent and change up our strategies, we are able to not only beat a boss, but also grow psychologically. The goal of this chapter is to recognize how gamers can overcome cognitive dissonance within a hard game, beat the challenge in front of them, and how that accomplishment can transfer to other activities in life.


Cognitive dissonance Intrinsic motivators Psychological growth 


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  • Emory S. DanielJr.
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  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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