Wannes Ribbens & Steven Malliet published in New Media & Society.
The article ‘How male young adults construe their playing style in violent videogames’ will be published in New Media & Society . In this paper Wannes Ribbens (Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven) and Steven Malliet (Department of Communication Sciences, University of Antwerp) explore various ways in which male young adults engage with violence in videogames. Based on an ethnographic study (N=26) with triangulation of diary reports, focus group interviews and a video commentary model, three conceptual axes are distinguished along which players differ in their enactment of videogame violence: narration vs. action, discovery vs. mission-based play and reaction vs. strategic play. The results suggest that individual playing styles result in exposure to different quantities and a different quality of virtual violence. The authors therefore advocate for more emphasis on the role of the player experience in knowledge and attitude transfer.