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Video Game Uses and Gratifications as Predictors of Use and Game Preference
Unformatted Document Text:  Video game U&G 11 Fantasy. Video games allow players to do things that they normally would not be able to do, such as drive race cars, fly, etc. Focus group participants spoke frequently about the appeal of fantasy: ƒ “It’s like your in another world. You’re in a TV, you know. You’re in it.” ƒ “It takes you away from reality.” ƒ “Because he likes the game so much, [my boyfriend] fits himself into the game. For example, in Counter Strike he imagines himself as the soldier. He puts himself into the picture.” ƒ “You can do anything. It’s so realistic. It’s just like real skateboarding.” ƒ “I really like shooting. [I played Duck Hunt] because you can do it without, like, playing with a real gun.” ƒ “You get to be a Star Wars fighter pilot and you fly missions just like you are in the movies and everything.” Arousal. Playing video games to stimulate emotions as a result of fast action and high quality graphics. ƒ “I go crazy when I’m playing video games, sometimes. I’m jumping up and down. Yelling and screaming. Things like that.” ƒ “It was the neatest game. And I would jump up and down and swear because I would be so into the game.” ƒ “[My friends who lived in the dorm] were all hooked up, in all the different rooms. And they were, like, obsessed with it. It was crazy. It was out of control, playing that game.” ƒ “It kind of pressures you to do as much as you can, but at the same time, it’s fun.”

Authors: Sherry, John. and Lucas, Kristen.
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Video game U&G 11
Fantasy. Video games allow players to do things that they normally would not be able to
do, such as drive race cars, fly, etc. Focus group participants spoke frequently about the appeal of
fantasy:
ƒ
“It’s like your in another world. You’re in a TV, you know. You’re in it.”
ƒ
“It takes you away from reality.”
ƒ “Because he likes the game so much, [my boyfriend] fits himself into the game. For
example, in Counter Strike he imagines himself as the soldier. He puts himself into
the picture.”
ƒ “You can do anything. It’s so realistic. It’s just like real skateboarding.”
ƒ “I really like shooting. [I played Duck Hunt] because you can do it without, like,
playing with a real gun.”
ƒ “You get to be a Star Wars fighter pilot and you fly missions just like you are in the
movies and everything.”
Arousal. Playing video games to stimulate emotions as a result of fast action and high
quality graphics.
ƒ “I go crazy when I’m playing video games, sometimes. I’m jumping up and down.
Yelling and screaming. Things like that.”
ƒ “It was the neatest game. And I would jump up and down and swear because I would
be so into the game.”
ƒ “[My friends who lived in the dorm] were all hooked up, in all the different rooms.
And they were, like, obsessed with it. It was crazy. It was out of control, playing that
game.”
ƒ “It kind of pressures you to do as much as you can, but at the same time, it’s fun.”


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