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I'm looking for Video Gamers for an online survey

VideoGameScientistVideoGameScientist Registered User new member
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hello Video Gamer

I study psychology at the University of Basel in Switzerland and I'm passionate about playing Video Games (since birth).
So, it's obvious that the topic of my master thesis is about Video Gamers, isn't it? ;-)

(Don't worry! I won't push neither the addiction nor the violence question any further! I want to know more about the Video Gamers themselves.)

Now I'm looking for you Video Gamers.
This survey can be completed online on every browser in about 10 to 15 minutes.

You would do me (and the research of Video Games) a big favor, if you could take part and ev. forward my survey to other Video Gamers you know.
(I, unfortunately, had to learn, that it's not easy at all to find enough Video Gamers for my study.)
I really hope you can help me!

Link to the survey:
http://phpserver.psycho.unibas.ch/videogames_en/

Thank you so much!
You would do me a real favor!!

Best regards
Pat

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Patrick Keller, B.Sc.
Department of Cognitive Psychology
and Methodology

University of Basel
Faculty of Psychology
Missionstrasse 62A
4055 Basel
Switzerland

www.psycho.unibas.ch/keller
www.psycho.unibas.ch/mmi
www.psycho.unibas.ch

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It's pretty obvious you just made this account to get people to help you out, but whatever, Switzerland, videogames and SCIENCE are some of my most favourite things.

    As a general rule of thumb it is unwise to start your survey with asking how much someone earns: it is a very relevant question to ask in most surveys, but it is one that most people do not feel comfortable answering so they just pick the "no answer" option and move on. I always try to ask that question closer to the end, after answering a few interesting questions about the actual subject of the survey people often feel more comfortable telling you how much they earn - leading to more relevant data.

    *edit: Uh, after a few pages I get an Error 502, going back one page and clicking [next] again fixes it, but it is kind of annoying.

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    DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I completed the survey. Was kind of interesting. makes you think about the hobby a bit... :)

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I;m doing the survey, but I feel that some of the questions are a bit flawed:

    "I prefer simple and short rather than long and complex video games."

    I prefer games that are as long as they need to be.

    "A video game must have a profound and enthralling story that is not too short."

    Some games are better with good stories, some games aren't (does Tetris need a story? No.) I worry that you'll infer that when I answer "disagree" it means I don't like stories (which is the absolute opposite of the truth), but I'm clicking disagree because I disagree that all games must have a story.

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Those are good points, Lewisham. I caught those same things when I did the survey, but I forgot about them by the time I came back here.

    I have to guess that at least some of the poorly or unclearly worded questions are that English is not his first language,.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Is this for your masters research or something? Surely you know that self-selecting sample pools are not scientifically valid?

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    Is this for your masters research or something? Surely you know that self-selecting sample pools are not scientifically valid?
    He is doing a research *about* video gamers, his population is "people who play videogames".

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Aldo wrote: »
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    Is this for your masters research or something? Surely you know that self-selecting sample pools are not scientifically valid?
    He is doing a research *about* video gamers, his population is "people who play videogames".

    That doesn't matter--posting a survey online and asking volunteers to fill it still won't give you good data, there's no way to tell if the people who bother to fill out the survey are statistically representative of the entire population. Even if his population was "all Penny Arcade members" this survey wouldn't give him good data since the survey respondents aren't randomly selected, they are self-selected.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Would a better method be to go into a Swedish GameStop equivalent, then?

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    DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    Aldo wrote: »
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    Is this for your masters research or something? Surely you know that self-selecting sample pools are not scientifically valid?
    He is doing a research *about* video gamers, his population is "people who play videogames".

    That doesn't matter--posting a survey online and asking volunteers to fill it still won't give you good data, there's no way to tell if the people who bother to fill out the survey are statistically representative of the entire population. Even if his population was "all Penny Arcade members" this survey wouldn't give him good data since the survey respondents aren't randomly selected, they are self-selected.

    well, forcing people to take a survey is unethical, so you have to rely on volunteers. and I would guess that he's advertising his survey in more places than the Penny Arcade forums.

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    Yeah, not what these forums are for.

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