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Person Perception and Enjoyment of Video Game Competition

Daniel M. Shafer, PhD Baylor University Abstract: Friends and strangers were asked to evaluate their opponent’s personality characteristics before and after playing one of four video games in head to head competition. Data was analyzed using a doubly multivariate analysis of variance procedure, along with path analysis. Results suggest that gameplay may influence changes in person perception, but that those changes are contingent on previous relationship. Also, agreeableness of one’s opponent (as well as gender) impacts enjoyment of a competitive video game experience. Results open new research opportunities in the study of video games as social interaction. Keywords: video games, ...

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