The Impact of Video Game Play on Human (and Orc) Creativity

Nicholas D. Bowman, Rachel Kowert, Christopher J. Ferguson

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21 Scopus citations


The impact of video games on society has been debated for decades. In this chapter, we examine the potential impact of video games, both violent and nonviolent, on players' creativity. We examine video games as a play activity that can foster creativity. We examine how the unique environment of video games makes them particularly well suited for fostering creativity and how examining darker material can create a safe space for examining the darker side of life creatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVideo Games and Creativity
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780128014622
StatePublished - Aug 11 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Creativity
  • Flow
  • Video games
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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