Cognitive Processes Involved in Video Game Identification

  • Christopher Blake
  • Dorothée Hefner
  • Christian Roth
  • Christoph Klimmt
  • Peter Vorderer
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33542-6_7

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7522)
Cite this paper as:
Blake C., Hefner D., Roth C., Klimmt C., Vorderer P. (2012) Cognitive Processes Involved in Video Game Identification. In: Herrlich M., Malaka R., Masuch M. (eds) Entertainment Computing - ICEC 2012. ICEC 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7522. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Identifying with video game characters is one potentially important process in game enjoyment. Based on a theoretical model of video game identification as transformed self-perception, cognitive processes in video game identification were explored. An experiment with N = 60 male players revealed that increased cognitive accessibility of character-related concepts should be considered as element of the identification process. Moreover, shifts in players’ self-perceptions were observed so that players of a shooter video game (Call of Duty 2TM) described themselves as less gentle and more soldier-like than a control group. Overall, the study suggests that shifts in self-related cognition occur as part of the gaming experience. Implications for future research on game enjoyment and long-term game effects are discussed.

Keywords

Video games entertainment identification priming experiment lexical decision task 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Blake
    • 1
  • Dorothée Hefner
    • 1
  • Christian Roth
    • 2
  • Christoph Klimmt
    • 1
  • Peter Vorderer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Journalism and Communication ResearchHanover University of Music, Drama and MediaHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of Communication ScienceVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Media and Communication StudiesUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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