The purpose of this study is to investigate the elements presented by the new Move and Kinect video game systems as compared to current third-generation video game consoles such as the Wii, the XBOX 360, and the Playstation 3. You will be asked to play a golf simulation game (such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11), a racing game (such as Need For Speed) or an action adventure game (such as Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2) on one of 5 systems. The game you play and the system you play it on have been randomly determined, however, at the end of the study you will be given the chance to play a game on one of the new systems (Kinect or Move) based on availability (Move is available now, Kinect will be available November 4th) After the game, you will be asked questions about your feelings and perceptions of the game. If you would find the content of the games or these types of questions offensive or harmful, you should not participate in the study. Your participation is voluntary, and you will still receive full credit for participating in this study if you choose not to give consent. The study may take 30-60 minutes to complete. You should be aware that all responses to the questionnaire are anonymous and will be kept separate from your signed consent form. Furthermore, the study is completely voluntary, and you may stop your participation in the study at any time without penalty.
Photosensitive Seizure Warning
A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these "photosensitive epileptic seizures" while watching video games. These seizures may have a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness. Seizures may also cause loss of consciousness or convulsions that can lead to injury from falling down or striking nearby objects. If you are concerned that you may experience seizures while playing, you may terminate your participation now with no penalty. If you continue with the study, immediately stop playing and consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
The results of the research study may be published or presented at a conference, but your name will not be used. All information obtained in this study will remain confidential, to the extent allowed by law. No foreseeable risks or discomforts are associated with this study.
Although you may not receive direct benefits from this research project, the possible benefit of your participation is a better understanding of why people enjoy or do not enjoy the games that they play. Your participation will have benefits to scholars everywhere in understanding this important part of our culture.
This study is being conducted by Dr. Dan Shafer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, and Dr. Corey Carbonara, Professor of Communication Studies. You may direct any questions to Dr. Shafer at 254-710-4471 and Daniel_M_Shafer@baylor.edu. Thank you for your participation!
Your data will be kept on a password protected computer after it has been collected, also your data is completely confidential and your name will not be used to identify your answers. It will only be used to record your consent and participation.
If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, or any other aspect of the research as it relates to your participation, please contact Dr. Michael Sherr (Chair, Baylor University Committee for Protection of Human Subjects in Research), School of Social Work, One Bear Place #97320, Waco, TX 76798-7320; 254-710-4483.
2. If you give your consent, please ENTER YOUR NAME which will count as your digital signature. Your name will be separated from your data immediately when the data is downloaded for analysis.
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