Understanding Attitudes to Extremism in Gaming Communities

Andrews, Sam and Skoczylis, Joshua (2022) Understanding Attitudes to Extremism in Gaming Communities. Discussion Paper. GNET, Lincoln, England.

Understanding Attitudes to Extremism in Gaming Communities
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In our previous GNET Insight we looked at how quantitative measures can help us understand the prevalence of extreme language in videogaming forums, using a dataset of Reddit.com posts from videogaming subreddits. Contrary to current speculation, we found that extreme language is not something which haunts mainstream gaming spaces. However, some gaming spaces did contain a high count of extreme language. These spaces were unique compared to other gaming spaces. The subreddit /r/KotakuInAction, for instance, contains a high amount of extreme language and is uniquely extreme when compared to the more mainstream subreddit /r/VideoGames and the subreddit for the videogame Hearts of Iron IV, /r/HOI4

Keywords:Video games, extremism, Reddit
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:18 Jan 2023 15:40

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