ERIC Number: EJ1112208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Female Gamers: A Thematic Analysis of Their Gaming Experience
McLean, Lavinia; Griffiths, Mark D.
International Journal of Game-Based Learning, v3 n3 p54-71 2013
International evidence indicates that the number of females involved in video-gaming is increasing. Within the context of this increase, there is a need to explore the experiences of this group of gamers in detail. This study explored female experiences of playing video-games. Data were collected from an online discussion forum dedicated to video-gaming; the sample comprised of posts drawn from 409 discussion threads. Thematic analysis of the discussions suggests that gaming is a key element of the female gamers' identity, with females discussing the integration of gaming into their daily lives on a number of different levels. Similar to previous research, social elements of gaming are highlighted with simultaneous difficulties with online interaction emphasised. These themes are discussed in relation to relevant research in the area, along with recommendations for future research and consideration of possible explanations for the themes observed.
Descriptors: Video Games, Females, Computer Mediated Communication, Discourse Analysis, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Socialization, Violence, Motivation, Play, Interpersonal Relationship, Stereotypes, Identification (Psychology), Self Concept, Interaction, Leisure Time, Incidence, Family Influence, Stress Management
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