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Is Cheating in a Social Media Game Cheating?

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That is the topic researchers at Concordia University decided to investigate. Many people would say that social media games differ from more traditional video games in a number of ways, and the researchers wanted to see if the views on cheating are also different between the two.

To perform the study the researchers surveyed some 151 social media gamers, aging from 18 to 70. The survey investigated the respondents' views on cheating in general, in social media games, and what kind of practices players use. The researchers found that the responses largely fell into two main categories, according to the player's view of cheating. One category defined cheating as breaking with socially expected player conduct, so to gain an unfair advantage or otherwise act socially irresponsibly. The second group defined cheating as playing outside of the formal game rules. Across the board though, those methods of cheating that require some level of technical knowledge, like using cheat codes and external software, were condemned, but other forms were not so quickly criticized.

When the researchers asked if cheating in games on other platforms was different from cheating in social media games, a third of the participants said it was different. Next the researchers want to see if a player's ethics are affected when they use their real identities in the game.

Source: Concordia University



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Waco on October 02, 2015 21:53
What is a "social media game" versus...a regular game?
Braegnok on October 03, 2015 01:33

Cheating is often more efficient,.. till you get caught.

Guest_Jim_* on October 03, 2015 02:04

What is a "social media game" versus...a regular game?

Games that exist on social media, and specifically the article talked about FarmVille, as opposed to something like WoW.

IVIYTH0S on October 03, 2015 03:40

 

What is a "social media game" versus...a regular game?

Games that exist on social media, and specifically the article talked about FarmVille, as opposed to something like WoW.

 

I'd just call those flash games :rolleyes:


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