Dear fellow gamers,
I am currently in the process of completing my Masters thesis, which involves performing research into better understanding the social experience of online video gaming, particularly as a new arena for socialisation, from a uniquely South African perspective.
However, in order to do so, I need your help.
I require volunteers who would be willing to have, at most, an hour long text based online interview with me. The interviews will be conducted through an instant messaging application of your choice and at a reasonable time that is most convenient to you. Any and all personal information obtained through the interview process will be kept strictly confidential, preserving anonymity wherever possible, as per Monash University research regulations.
In order to qualify as a research participant you will need to meet the following criteria:
Must be South African.
Must be over 18 years of age.
Must have an Xbox Live Gold account (any region) or Playstation Network account.
Must actively play games online with others.
Must have a minimum 1000 point Gamerscore/achievement points.
All gamers who meet the aforementioned criteria and who respond to this research appeal will be placed in a participant pool before being randomly selected for participation. Willing participants will be issued with all of the necessary information pertaining to the study, such as an explanatory statement and consent form, by means of email.
Please note that participation is completely voluntary and that randomly selected participants are under no obligation to take part in the study and may opt out at anytime.
Should you wish to participate within the study or simply wish to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact me (Please use ‘Research Participant’ as the subject of your e-mail and please add the following email address to your Spam filter) or by means of an @-reply on Twitter or a Direct Message on Facebook.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in participating within this study, please do forward this message on to them.
Any and all support would be most appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
(‘Gamer Evolution’ portrait courtesy of Two Player Comics)