We Are(n’t) the Champions

We do not fully understand the effect of failure on gameplay. In this study, we explored how self-efficacy and feelings about failure predicted gamer self-identification. Educational data mining were used to discover a valid connection between self-efficacy and gamer identity Educational data mining includes a variety of techniques that are otherwise known as knowledge discovery, or the process of discovering novel information from a great deal of data (Baker & Yacef, 2009). The data show a statistically significant correlation between the statement that “people are expected to fail the first time they try something new” and self reported gamer identity. Due to this correlation, we speculate that gamers perceive failure in a different way than non-gamers and suggest further investigation.

Gamer Identity and Failure
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