Games and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: Attitudes Towards Illegal Distribution of Computer Games
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of CGAIDE 2004, 5:th International Conference on Computer Games, Artificial Intelligence, Design and Education / [ed] Mehdi, Q., and Gough, N., Wolverhampton: The University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and Information Technology , 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
As peer-to-peer file sharing is a widespread and user friendly technique ideally suited to distribute illegally produced copies of computer games, the users attitudes towards acquiring games through this medium is of great interest. To obtain information on the extent to which peer-to-peer file sharing is associated with computer games distribution, and the nature of these associations, an empirical study was conducted. Children from age 10 to age 15 were interviewed about their computer based communication habits and attitudes. To ensure unbiased results, games and games related issues were never brought up by the interviewer. Results show that the distribution of computer games were spontaneously pinpointed by 15.58% of the interview subjects being asked about their peer-to-peer file sharing habits. Younger students showed a significantly more positive attitude towards this activity, while a majority of the older students pointed out negative aspects of acquiring computer games this way. Through the negative quotes given, the concept of empathy with game designers is identified as having potential as a possible counterfactor.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wolverhampton: The University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and Information Technology , 2004.
Computer games, Peer-to-peer file sharing, Software piracy, Attitudes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38446ISBN: 0-9549016-0-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38446DiVA: diva2:310323
CGAIDE 8-10 November 2004, Reading, UK