Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

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TitleLongitudinal Network Dynamics Among Players of a Recreational Competitive Boardgame
Presenter(s)Joe A. Wasserman
SessionGame Research Taxonomies and Methods
TimeSaturday, October 13, 11:30a-12:30p
LocationMSU Room
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionOther players substantially influence gameplay experiences and outcomes, including game performance, learning and strategy acquisition, social-psychological experiences, and social relationships. Because opponent selection is an antecedent to the experience and consequents of gameplay, understanding this process is critical for understanding and predicting gaming effects--including learning and other meaningful outcomes. This study explored opponent selection dynamics among a group of recreational online boardgamers using gameplay logs of 3,741 individual players who collectively played a total of 18,983 games with each other over 11 years. Patterns of these player interactions were diverse, suggesting multiple opponent selection strategies. Future research directions, including developing a predictive model of opponent selection, will be discussed.

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