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Video Game Uses and Gratifications as Predictors of Use and Game Preference
Unformatted Document Text:  Video game U&G 10 ƒ “Repeating levels bores me. I hate games that you always start at the beginning.” ƒ “I have played with someone else, Tetris. And I didn’t find too much fun in that, you know. I like to play alone. Challenge against the computer, instead of challenging the person next to you.” Social Interaction. Social interaction is the main reason many individuals got involved in playing video games as a child. They mentioned that with the arrival of Nintendo came sleepovers where video game were played, and the need to keep up on the games to be “cool.” Many now use video games in to interact with friends and learn about the personalities of others. ƒ “I play with my boyfriend and friends just to have fun.” ƒ “I like it because it’s just plain fun, just being with your friends.” ƒ “ I can’t play by myself. I always want someone to play with me.” ƒ “In the dorms, it was almost, like, easier. You’ve got like, fifty guys there and you know that at least some of them are going to have free time to play.” Diversion. Video games are frequently used to avoid stress or responsibilities. Respondents reported playing video games to fill time, relax, escape from stress, and/or because there is nothing else to do. ƒ “I like it because it’s a break from studying and it’s relaxing.” ƒ “I always lose track of time while I’m playing.” ƒ “It was so bad one year that I had to bring my Nintendo home. I was going to flunk out because all I ever did was play Bond.” ƒ “When you study so much, you’re just like ‘uuugh, I want a break.’” ƒ “I don’t necessarily use it for a study break. I use it more for an excuse to stop studying.”

Authors: Sherry, John. and Lucas, Kristen.
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Video game U&G 10
ƒ “Repeating levels bores me. I hate games that you always start at the beginning.”
ƒ
“I have played with someone else, Tetris. And I didn’t find too much fun in that, you
know. I like to play alone. Challenge against the computer, instead of challenging the
person next to you.”
Social Interaction. Social interaction is the main reason many individuals got involved in
playing video games as a child. They mentioned that with the arrival of Nintendo came
sleepovers where video game were played, and the need to keep up on the games to be “cool.”
Many now use video games in to interact with friends and learn about the personalities of others.
ƒ “I play with my boyfriend and friends just to have fun.”
ƒ “I like it because it’s just plain fun, just being with your friends.”
ƒ “ I can’t play by myself. I always want someone to play with me.”
ƒ “In the dorms, it was almost, like, easier. You’ve got like, fifty guys there and you
know that at least some of them are going to have free time to play.”
Diversion. Video games are frequently used to avoid stress or responsibilities.
Respondents reported playing video games to fill time, relax, escape from stress, and/or because
there is nothing else to do.
ƒ “I like it because it’s a break from studying and it’s relaxing.”
ƒ
“I always lose track of time while I’m playing.”
ƒ “It was so bad one year that I had to bring my Nintendo home. I was going to flunk
out because all I ever did was play Bond.”
ƒ “When you study so much, you’re just like ‘uuugh, I want a break.’”
ƒ “I don’t necessarily use it for a study break. I use it more for an excuse to stop
studying.”


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