Did Starcraft II's release have a noticeable impact on the grades of university/college students?

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Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

The survey aims to identify if the grades of university/college students were noticeably affected by the release of Starcraft II. I will also examine how factors such as age, area of study and league placement influenced the likelihood that a student's grades were adversely effected by Starcraft II's release.

To be eligible, you will need to have been a university/college student in 2010, and completed at least one semester before July 2010, and one semester after July 2010.

Additionally, you will require your grades from these semesters. You will need to report your grade as a 4-point GPA. There is information on how to convert your grades into this format in the relevant questions.

This survey contains 15 questions. The first 14 questions require a response. The 15th question is optional.

Once again, thank you for taking this survey. Please rest assured that strict confidentiality will be maintained with your responses.

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1. How old were you on 27th July 2010?

Please answer with a whole number, and do not round up to the nearest year (for example, if you were 22 years and 11 months, you would answer '22').
2. What was your primary residence during the period July 2010 - January 2011?
3. During the period July 2010 - January 2011, were you an undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate (Master's/PhD) student?
4. During the period July 2010 - January 2011, what was your main field of study?
5. As of July 2010, how many years of university/college study (undergraduate and graduate study) had you completed? Please answer with a whole number.

If you had not yet completed one full year of university/college study in 2010, please answer '0'.
6. What was your average grade in the semester immediately preceding the release of Starcraft II (that is, the semester which ended BEFORE July 27th 2010)?

Please report your semester grade on a 4-point GPA scale. You must enter a number between 0 and 4.

**If your average grade is reported as a percentage, please consult the GPA conversion chart on the link below:

GPA/Percentage conversion chart

**If your GPA is reported on a different scale (for example, a 4.33-point scale, or a 7-point scale) please carry out the following conversion:

1. Multiply your GPA by 4.

2. Divide the result by the value of your GPA scale (eg. if your grade is based on a 4.33-point scale, divide by 4.33, and if your grade is based on a 7-point scale, divide by 7).

3. Report the result to two decimal places.

7. What was your average grade in the semester immediately following the release of Starcraft II (that is, the semester which began AFTER July 27th, 2010)?

If a new semester began between July 1st and July 27th, 2010, please report your grades for that semester in this section.

Please report your semester grade on a 4-point GPA scale. You must enter a number between 0 and 4.

**If your average grade is reported as a percentage, please consult the GPA conversion chart on the link below:

GPA/Percentage conversion chart

**If your GPA is reported on a different scale (for example, a 4.33-point scale, or a 7-point scale) please carry out the following conversion:

1. Multiply your GPA by 4.

2. Divide the result by the value of your GPA scale (eg. if your grade is based on a 4.33-point scale, divide by 4.33, and if your grade is based on a 7-point scale, divide by 7).

3. Report the result to two decimal places.

8. Were your grades lower in the semester that immediately followed the release of Starcraft II (July 27th, 2010)?
9. Did you have a history of playing online computer/video games professionally or semi-competitively (for example, regularly competing in LAN tournaments, community tournaments, clan wars and/or ranked matches) prior to the release of Starcraft II?
10. Which race did you primarily play during the period July 2010 - January 2011?
11. In the semester immediately following Starcraft II's release, how many hours per week did you spend playing Starcraft II (single player and multiplayer)? Please answer with a whole number.
12. In the semester immediately following Starcraft II's release, how many hours per week did you spend watching Starcraft II streams, tournaments and/or Youtube channels, and participating in other Starcraft II related activities (but not actually playing Starcraft II)? Please answer with a whole number.
13. What was your initial league placement when you began playing the full version of Starcraft II online?
14. What was the highest Starcraft II league you were placed in during the period July 27th 2010 - January 31st 2011?

Note that Grandmaster league was not active during this period.
15. If you have any comments about this survey, please list them here. This question is optional.
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