The Positive Negative Experience in Extreme Role-Playing

  title={The Positive Negative Experience in Extreme Role-Playing},
  author={Markus Montola},
Fun is often seen a necessary gratification for recreational games. This paper studies two freeform role-playing games aiming to create extremely intense experiences of tragedy, horror, disgust, powerlessness and self-loathing, in order to gratify the self-selected group of experienced role-players. Almost all of the 15 interviewed players appreciated their experiences, despite crying, experiencing physiological stress reactions and feeling generally ―bad‖ during the play. 
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