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Once participants finish playing their portion of the game, they will be given the questionnaire. The questionnaire will be composed of four question types: demographic info, possible confound eliminating question(s), throw away deception questions and the character attachment questions. First will be a welcome screen that tells the participant that their info will be unnamed and confidential. It will also thank them once again for their time. Demographic questions will come first with the confound question(s) at the end. Next will be the character attachment questions which will be selected from a pool of questions for each defining factor of character attachment and presented in a random order. Demographic questions will involve the basics such as age, gender, what genre of games they play, how many hours of games they play a week, etc. These questions are used to make the participant more comfortable with answering later questions. It could also give insight to possible trends related to some demographics. For example, if the character in question in the
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VIDEO GAMES AND CHARACTER ATTACHMENT 7 next section was male and there was a heavy trend of males being more attached then females, there could be something there to research. Then is the confound eliminating question(s). Jin and Park researched the effect of self- construal on parasocial relationships. They found that the way a player defines themselves, either through inward held values (independent) or outward relationships (interdependent), affected the strength of their parasocial relationship. Their article states, “This finding indicates the construal of self influences the perceived closeness of a parasocial relationship with a virtual persona” (Jin and Park, 2009). Parasocial relationships are similar enough to character attachment that this idea of self-construal affecting relationship strength could affect attachment as well. If this is the case, construal of self could be a possible confound I would need to handle in my own study. To handle this confound, I plan to put a question in the questionnaire. The question would be, “Do you define yourself more by the values you hold or the relationships you have?” It is possible to insert a couple of other questions like this to ensure accuracy in the answers. When participants answer the confound question(s), it allows for me to see if there is a trend I should note in relation to character attachment and construal of self. If it seems that the two are heavily related, more research would need to be done to ensure the confound does not interfere with the effect of interaction on attachment. The character attachment scale questions, will be pulled from Lewis et al.’s tested scale and supplemented with some of my own. Examples from Lewis et al. include “I sometimes forget my own feelings and take on those of my character” and “I know what my character wants”. With these, I would write some questions of my own. All questions will be formatted as a Likert scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree) as done by Lewis et al.
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