Hi, everyone! I’m new the forum, and am here for very selfish reasons (which will shortly be revealed). I ran the following past MrWizard, and he gave me permission to put this survey for my master’s thesis project on the forum, but let me just preface it with a couple things.
The language used below is required by my university, so please read carefully before replying to the survey (and I do hope you’ll reply). The questions were created for both a casual and competitive audience, so some of the answers might seem kinda “duh” for you guys, but for more casual fighting game fans maybe less so. So I apologize for that in advance.
If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to ask in the thread, though I’d prefer if you keep survey answers out of the thread and just send them via e-mail or PM. To also keep the thread interesting (and give the community something to talk about), I would actually like your opinions about fighting games as a subject for academia. What sort of things in games do you think need to be looked at? Do you feel like it benefits games if they’re studied with the same rigor literature and film are? I am interested in your thoughts.
Without further ado, here’s my survey, with information about my thesis. Please do reply, it would really benefit the project.
My name is Nicholas Ware. I am a Master?s student in the Popular Culture department of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. As my thesis project I am doing an analysis of the Street Fighter game series in terms of its depictions of race and power, the interplay between the two, and their relationship with gameplay.
Part of my project is to gather opinions and information from the game-playing community in an effort to include some perspective from gamers themselves in addition to my own cultural theory and opinions (both as a gamer and an academic). In order to accomplish that, I have decided to post the following survey about Street Fighter IV in several web forums of video game sites around the Internet. I am looking for volunteers to fill out this survey to inform my research. If you could, I would really appreciate you answering the questions. They are very open-ended, and as much information as you could give would be appreciated, as your opinions can help shape my project (and, indeed, that is the intention). This is your chance, as a gamer, to have your opinion involved in an academic project, which benefits the legitimacy of video games as an area of study. Your risk of participating in this study is minimal, as your identity will be kept mostly confidential (see below for more information on confidentiality). If you?re participating in this project on a public computer, please remember to clear browsing history and cache.
NOTICE: Please either use a private message in this forum or an e-mail to WareSFThesis(at sign)gmail.com to respond to the survey. By responding to this survey, you are consenting to allow use of the information in this research project, including quoting your answers. If quoted in the project, you will be identified by demographic information (age, region, race, gender) and the site from which you participated in the survey. This is the only risk to your confidentiality. All original responses will be kept private, and there is a chance your answers will not appear in the final project. All answers may contribute to tables of raw data collection, though these will have no individual identifiers. You are in no way required to give me your name or e-mail address (if you respond via private forum message) in order to participate in the survey, and that is to protect your privacy. Respondents must be 18 years of age or older. If for any reason, you wish to withdraw your answers after completing the survey, simply contact me and let me know. You will be removed immediately from the project.
I really appreciate any and all responses to this survey. It will help me a lot with my thesis. Thanks so much for your time! If you have any questions about participation rights, you may contact the BGSU Human Subjects Research Board Chair at (419) 372-7716 or hsrb(at)bgsu.edu. Other questions about the project can be directed to the project adviser, Dr. Jeremy Wallach, (419) 372-8204 or jeremyw(at)bgsu.edu.
Section I: Demographic Information
- What?s your age?
- What?s your gender?
- What?s your race?
- What?s your nationality?
- On which website did you find this survey?
- How many years have you played video games?
- What are some of your favorite games and game genres?
- What is your skill level at Street Fighter IV (1 to 5, 1 being the least skilled, 5 being the most skilled)?
- How many hours of Street Fighter IV do you play, on average, per week?
- Do you play Street Fighter IV online?
- How much of your play is casual, and how much is competitive? Please use percentages. (For example, 65% casual, 35% competitive.)
- Other than Street Fighter IV, what Street Fighter games have you played?
- Have you ever played in an off-line Street Fighter tournament (not just Street Fighter IV)?
Section II: Impressions of Street Fighter IV
- Does Street Fighter IV have a single hero? Why or why not?
- If you answered yes to the question above, who is the single hero? Why?
- Do you feel that all Street Fighter IV characters are equally powerful (not in gameplay terms, but within the storyline)? Why? If not, who do you feel is more powerful and less powerful?
- What characters do you hate to fight against? Why?
- Do you feel any countries in the Street Fighter IV world are over-represented? Under-represented? Why?
- Do you feel that any of the ways race is depicted in Street Fighter IV are unfair? Why?
- Do you understand the Street Fighter IV storyline? Is it important to you to understand the story? Why?
- Are there any characters you don?t like because you find them offensive or off-putting? Why?
- Do you think of Street Fighter IV as a Japanese product? Why or why not?
Section III: Play Choices
- What is your main goal when you play Street Fighter IV?
- What character(s) do you most like to play with when you play Street Fighter IV? Why?
- When you choose a different character other than your favorites, what is your usual reason for doing so?
- Do you think it is more impressive to be able to win with any Street Fighter character most of the time, or a single Street Fighter character every time?
- What kinds of players do you usually play against when you play multiplayer Street Fighter? (e.g. friends or random people online, etc.; casual or competitive, etc.)
- Do you feel any characters in Street Fighter IV are difficult to use? If so, does this make you want to play with those characters more, or less?
- If you existed as a character in Street Fighter, would you be more likely to play as yourself, or more likely to play as one of the fictional characters? Why?
- If you play other genres of video games, what does Street Fighter (and fighting games) give you that those other genres don?t, and vice versa?
- If you could change anything about Street Fighter IV, what would it be?
- Describe to me the perfect Street Fighter IV character, as you imagine it.
Section IV: Additional Comments
Please add any additional comments you may have about Street Fighter IV and
the Street Fighter series in general.
Thank you so much for your participation!