Video Game Genres and Problem Solving Strategies
Abstract: This study is an investigation of the relationships between the genres of video games students play and the strategies they employ for overcoming difficult parts of the game. A questionnaire was given to 181 undergraduate students asking questions about video game play preferences and problem-solving approaches. Chi-square tests of independence revealed several significant relationships between the genres of game students play and the strategies they choose to use to overcome difficult parts of the game. It is posited that the types of games students play allow them to practice particular types of problem-solving skills that best fit with those genres of video game.