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Old 01-17-2008
 
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Hi there!

I know this thread might be bending the rules a little bit, as I'm going to "advertise" another website here, but please read on before thinking about deleting this post:

I'm a Research Assistant at the University of Bonn and we are conducting a series of studies on computer and video games, especially geared towards the relationship between the player and the storylines most modern games feature.

That's why I'd like you to participate in an online questionnaire today. It'll only take you 10 to 15 minutes (I know, everyone says that - but it's true with our study!) and you'll greatly help us with our research.

>> http://www.medienfest.de/survey-stories/index.php

The questionnaire is in English, so no worries. And it's completely anonymous, we won't save any data other than the answers you are providing us with.

Thank you for your participation!

Oh, and please refrain from discussing specific questions or opinions in this thread: it might influence other readers and thus skew the data. You might, of course, discuss more general questions and mention things you thought while taking the survey, but couldn't express using the means provided by the survey. Thanks again.
 
 

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Why is a university doing a study like this?
 
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Why shouldn't we be? Video games are a relatively new form of media, so it is applicable to media studies. Plus, video games and games in general have as of now not been researched properly in the field of the humanities, compared to, say, Hitchcock's movies.
 
 

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Haven't studies like this been done before? What makes this survey any different or worthwhile in the face of all those conflicting studies about violent video games influencing the youth? Is this a more important issue, or is it a clever scheme to change the focus of research in the field?
 
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First of, I'm not to judge whether this issue is more important than "finding out" if violent video games really do have effects on the players. That's generally a social sciences approach, while we're going at it from the perspective of the humanities. It's apples and oranges.

The fact is, there is not much research on other aspects of video games other than that. Nick Yee has done quite a few surveys on MMORPGs, for example (c.f. http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus), but that's about it. On another note, there is quite a discussion between scholars whether video game stories are in fact stories and can be analyzed as those. We're trying to find out what role stories play in games, from the players' point-of-view. That's unique, as far as I know.

So, in a nutshell: This isn't about the old discussion on violent video games, it's about what you like and dislike.
 
 

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I like stories.
 
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I'm all for helping advance education. I'm filling it out right now.

EDIT: My computer's still working, so it's not a scam or virus or anything.

If any of you have the time, why don't you go ahead and fill it out. It only took me a few minutes.
 

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I participated, is this psychology study or something?
 
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Sounds like it Amok. Social psychology maybe? Took all of about 7 minutes to get done lol. Best of luck with the study Burian.
 
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It's media science, actually. There is no fancy psychology lie-to-your-participant-to-get-the-proper-results-stuff going on here. Keep in mind this is the first of a series of studies we are planning to do, that's why it may seem a little... well... basic. We're can go into more detail once we've established those basics. Again, not much has been done research-wise in this field.
 
 

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Youtube video in the survey doesn't work.
 
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Worked fine for me in Firefox.
 
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Youtube video in the survey doesn't work.
That's odd. Must've been a glitch with YouTube, works fine with me now. Anyone else can report on this, please?
 
 

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Did the survey, the video worked fine for me, although I canīt understad the point of the it but whatever.

And I actualy enjoyed this survey.
 
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Did the survey, the video worked fine for me, although I canīt understad the point of the it but whatever.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you the whole point of that as long as the survey is live, sorry.

But I appreciate you enjoying the survey
 
 

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