Awhile back, in Why Do I Do It?, I pondered the reasons for my continuing to play games (when available ;) even though they’re so similar to each other. Now there may be an answer.

Researchers at the University of Rochester just released a report about their study of 1,000 gamers and the reasons why they play. I doubt the results will come as a surprise to you, but it’s interesting to see what the folks of UoR learned.

I was especially taken with the remark that some games “can be experienced as enhancing psychological wellness, at least short-term”. Quite refreshing after all the “games are bad for you” stuff that’s been flying around lately.

No specific game titles are mentioned in the article, however. I’d like to know which ones were used for this experiment, just as a reality check. Let’s face it, it would be easy to get certain results by using particular games.

But at least it’s a start in a different direction. Some more studies in this area would be a good thing.

U. Of Rochester Game Study