Motivations for modding

Peratopoullos, Hannah (2011) Motivations for modding. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The reasons as to why people make computer game mods are still debated. The only proposed theories, by Postigo (2007) and Sotamaa (2008), lack quantitative evidence. This dissertation tests both theories on a larger scale, finally supplying the quantitative data to highlight the key motivations for modding. This was achieved by use of an online questionnaire and Likert scale analysis to determine how strongly the participants identified with the motivations put forward by Postigo and Sotamaa. The results showed that a large majority of hardcore modders shared many of the suggested motivations but that a large number of casual modders did not identify with any of the suggested motivations, indicating that there are still more motivations to be found, and that Postigo’s and Sotamaa’s theories for the motivation of modders are incomplete. This dissertation concludes that although Postigo’s and Sotamaa’s proposed motivations match those chosen by people who have been modding for a long time, further research needs to be conducted in order to discover the key motivations for more casual modders.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 15:30
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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