Let’s Graduate – A thematic analysis of the Let’s Play phenomenon
Masteroppgave, 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
A thematic analysis was conducted in order to reveal and identify central themes composing the motivational aspects of the popular Let’s Play media phenomenon. Nine informants with various connections to Let’s Plays were interviewed online through the use of a 17-item interview survey developed by the researcher. A total of five major recurring themes were discovered relating to the informants’ motivational reasons for making and viewing Let’s Plays as part of their spare time activities. Based on these discoveries, it can be assumed that the Let’s Play phenomenon contributes to modern-day need fulfillment relating to online socialization, entertainment, technological competence, commercialization and interpersonal relations between the media audience and the media personalities they follow. It was concluded that the Let’s Play phenomenon, and the communities contained within it, holds potential for the future development of videogame industry as a whole as well as being an interesting new arena for media research in general. Implications for further research within the field of Let’s Plays are therefore made in order to ensure the possibility of expanding the scientific knowledge surrounding this media phenomenon.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 74 p.
Videogames, online socialization, virtual communities, Let’s Play
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-26857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-26857DiVA: diva2:752412
Ingunn, Hagen, Professor