Nostalgia in video games

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Abstract

Video games have been a popular form of media entertainment since the 1970s, with gamers of all ages experiencing and engaging digital worlds and creating lasting memories in those spaces. As video games mature, so are their players—by some estimates, the average age of a gamer is in their 30s, and often playing games with their children. As such, video games are a potentially powerful elicitor of nostalgia, as is being recognized in more recent research and discourse. In this article, we describe and explain nostalgia as elicited from video gaming experiences, discuss the effects of gaming-induced nostalgia on psychological well-being, and offer direct avenues for fostering and growing this research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101544
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Game studies
  • Media history
  • Nostalgia
  • Video games
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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