Factors influencing player preferences for heroic roles in role-playing games

Hwa Hsu Shang*, Ching Han Kao, Muh-Cherng Wu

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Two studies were conducted to investigate whether player personality or social cognition influence preferences for heroic roles in role-playing games (RPG). In Study 1,149 teenager subjects were categorized into five groups according to the Guilford Personality Inventory. Heroes were clustered into three types based on their attributes. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) results indicated that each personality group did not display distinctive preference for any particular heroic type. However, of the three heroic types teenagers most strongly preferred, Justice Warrior was followed, in order of preference, by Visionary Leader and Saint. In Study 2, the influence of three player social cognition factors (similarity, proximity, and familiarity) on player preference for heroic roles was studied. Multiple regression analysis results indicated that similarity and familiarity predicted player preferences for heroic roles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-295
Number of pages3
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2007

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