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Determinants of hostility in multiplayer online battle games called MOBAs


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Šušnjar, Sebastian. (2018). Determinants of hostility in multiplayer online battle games called MOBAs. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Kamenov, Željka].

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The goal of this research was to study hostility in MOBA games and some of its determinants. The research was conducted on 215 Massive online battle arena (MOBA) players, by snowball data gathering method. Questionnaire could be accessed online, via link shared to groups on social media, which were created by MOBA players from Croatia. In this study, we used Video Game Harassment Behavior Scale, Problematic Online Game Questionnaire and Game-Specific Attribution Questionnaire, all translated to croatian language. The results had shown that hostility can be divided into general and sexual, which are both correlated with online games addiction and hostility of other players. People addicted to online games are more hostile towards others, as well as people who experienced hostile behavior from other players, while correlation between attribution dimension of controllability and hostility was not significant. Regression analysis has shown that the only significant predictor of general hostility was experienced general hostility, while experienced sexual hostility and addiction to online games were predictors of sexual hostility. Results imply the importance of in-game environment and other players’ behavior; because if only one player becomes hostile towards someone, there is a big chance other players will become hostile and change the game experience. Also, time spent playing online games should be monitored, because, as researches show, more addicted individuals are also more hostile.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: MOBA games, online games, hostility, video games addiction, attribution
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Kamenov, Željka
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 12:27
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 12:27

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