The Motivational Pull of Video Games: A Self-Determination Theory Approach

  title={The Motivational Pull of Video Games: A Self-Determination Theory Approach},
  author={Richard M. Ryan and C. Scott Rigby and Andrew K. Przybylski},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
Four studies apply self-determination theory (SDT; Ryan & Deci, 2000) in investigating motivation for computer game play, and the effects of game play on well-being. Studies 1–3 examine individuals playing 1, 2 and 4 games, respectively and show that perceived in-game autonomy and competence are associated with game enjoyment, preferences, and changes in well-being pre- to post-play. Competence and autonomy perceptions are also related to the intuitive nature of game controls, and the sense of… 

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