An Examination of Personality Pairings to Improve Video Game Enjoyment

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file.

Click here to download the PDF file.


Chan, Gerry




Much research has explored the value of video games for changing inactive lifestyles. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of personality pairings on enjoyment within two gaming scenarios. It was hypothesized that one would enjoy playing with another possessing a personality type similar to their own. Subjective results showed that matched personality pairings particularly enjoyed playing in a competitive game scenario, males reported more enjoyment in competitive game compared to females, and friends enjoyed playing together more than strangers. Objective measures revealed
that a competitive game scenario is more enjoyable than a cooperative game scenario. To maximize enjoyment, recommendations for game design include encouraging social interaction between players and integration of a personality test before or during a multiplayer online game. Future research may evaluate other variables such as culture, and alternative personality pairing possibilities for increasing game enjoyment.


PSYCHOLOGY Personality




Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 

Thesis Degree Level: 


Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Human-Computer Interaction

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

Items in CURVE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. They are made available with permission from the author(s).