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What makes a hero: An investigation of players’ personality and their choice of hero class in a MOBA
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates how a player’s personality type might affect a player’s choice of playable character class and, by extension, their playstyle in a MOBA game. 6014 participants completed a survey consisting of questions regarding most played character and their preferred character to play. Following this their personality types were set using the Big-Five personality type model. Results show several interesting correlations between a player’s choice of character class, player motivation, and personality traits. For instance, players most often playing the Support or Warrior hero class tend to score higher on agreeableness. Certain differences between male and female players are also noted. 

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie undersöker hur en spelares personlighetstyp kan påverka ens val av spelbar karaktär och spelstil i ett MOBA-spel. 6014 respondenter genomförde en enkät som bestod av frågor angående vilken karaktär de spelade mest samt vilken karaktär de också föredrar att spela. Detta följt av att deras personlighetstyp bestämdes genom “the Big-Five”-modellen för personlighetstyper. Resultaten i denna studie visar flera intressanta samband mellan spelares val av karaktär, spelarmotivation och personlighetsdrag. Till exempel, spelare som oftast spelar klassen Support eller Warrior tenderar att visa tecken på mer uppskattning av samarbete. Det noteras även vissa skillnader mellan manliga och kvinnliga spelare. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Game, MOBA, personalities, player, preferences
Keyword [sv]
MOBA, spel, spelare, personligheter, preferenser
National Category
Media Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29469OAI: diva2:901520
Subject / course
Media Technology
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-09Bibliographically approved

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