Title

An Exploratory Study of Player Performance, Motivation and Enjoyment in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

10-2011

Abstract

Enjoyment is a vital component in the business model of the game industry. Despite research on their relationship to the success or failure of a game, little attention has been paid to the effect of player performance on player enjoyment. This study investigates how player motivation, player performance, and player enjoyment are connected in Ever Quest II, a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Sony Online Entertainment. It investigates the impact of task difficulty and player performance on player enjoyment. Estimation of task difficulty and player performance was performed by the analysis of the game's operational data such as game logs, while assessment of player enjoyment was based on a large-scale survey. Our findings indicate that the correlations do not fully conform to the flow theory and additionally suggest that the knowledge of player motivations is critical in accurately predicting player enjoyment.

Keywords

enjoyment, massively multiplayer online games, motivation, player performance, video games

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

Proceedings of the IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-11)

Identifier

10.1109/PASSAT/SocialCom.2011.156

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Boston, Massachusetts

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PASSAT/SocialCom.2011.156