Player Attitudes toward Collecting Virtual Objects


    Zachary O. Toups, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, New Mexico State University (NMSU) (575) 646-1605 Lennart E. Nacke, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Nicole Crenshaw Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Informatics, University of California at Irvine (UCI)


    I, Zachary O. Toups, and my colleagues, Lennart Nacke, Ph.D. and Nicole Crenshaw, are interested in game players' attitudes and activities around collecting virtual objects in games. The purpose of this research study is to collect data on what virtual objects players collect and why. You are being asked to participate in the study because you volunteered. If you decide to participate, you will be asked about your experiences collecting virtual objects in games. This survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

    Exclusion Criteria

    Must be age 18 or older at time of survey.

    Risks and Benefits

    Risk is minimal.

    Voluntary Nature of Participation

    You may withdraw from the research study at any time since your participation is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to participate, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to you to which you are otherwise entitled. If you choose no to participate, any data so far collected will be destroyed. If you decide to participate, you may discontinue at a later date without penalty or loss of benefits to you to which you are otherwise entitled. Involvement, or lack thereof, in the study will not affect your standing the NMSU Computer Science Department, NMSU in general, the UOIT Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT in general, the UCI Department of Informatics, or UCI in general.


    Any information obtained about you from the research including survey responses will be kept strictly confidential. The information you give us will not be shared with anyone outside the research team with your name attached. As part of the survey, you will be asked if you are interested in participating in an optional follow-up interview; in this case, you may share your contact information with the research team only for a follow-up interview. After the interview or one year, whichever comes first, the information will be destroyed. Data collected from the survey and/or interview will be stored for up to five years. We will protect your confidentiality by not connecting any information to you so no one can trace your answers to your name, limiting access to identifiable information, telling the research staff the importance of confidentiality, and storing research records in locked cabinets that are accessible only to the named researchers above. The data derived from this study could be used in reports, presentations, and publications but you will never be individually identified.

    New Information

    Any new information obtained during the course of the research that my affect your willingness to continue participation in the study will be provided to you.


    By continuing to the survey, you assent to the use of your confidential data for this research study. If you have any questions pertaining to the research, you may contact the Principal Investigator, Zachary O. Toups, Ph.D. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair, through the Office of Compliance at New Mexico State University at (575) 646-7177 or at You may print a copy of this information page for your records.
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