Do primal instincts explain engagement in location-based games? A hypothesis-forming focus group study on territorial behavior

Samuli Laato, Bastian Kordyaka, Sampsa Rauti, Sonja M. Hyrynsalmi, Marianna Hoikkala, Tarja Pietarinen, Teemu D. Laajala, Mauri Paloheimo, Nobufumi Inaba, Sami Hyrynsalmi

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Location-based games (LBGs), where the user’s physical location is a central part of gameplay, have become popular since the commercial success of Pokémon Go. The extant literature has focused to explain the success of LBGs by focusing on aspects of gratification and reasons to start, continue and quit playing. This study departs from the previous work by using a focus group method and hypothesizing that primal instincts developed during the evolutionary period of hunter-gatherer living—such as territorial behavior—can play a role in players’ actions, potentially enhancing engagement and motivation. The manifestation of territorial behavior in LBGs can occur via persistent need to control specific virtual locations in the game world. Initial results indicate that territorial behaviour could impact player engagement in the games. This study presents a conceptualization on how territorial instincts influence player engagement in LBGs and provides a theoretical background for future studies.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoGamiFIN Conference 2020
AlaotsikkoProceedings of the 4th International GamiFIN Conference
ToimittajatJonna Koivisto, Mila Bujić, Juho Hamari
KustantajaCEUR-WS
Sivut115-125
Sivumäärä11
TilaJulkaistu - 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaInternational GamiFIN Conference -
Kesto: 1 tammik. 1900 → …

Julkaisusarja

NimiCEUR workshop proceedings
Vuosikerta2637
ISSN (elektroninen)1613-0073

Conference

ConferenceInternational GamiFIN Conference
Ajanjakso1/01/00 → …

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