The Gaming Subculture: Di’s Really Nerdy Thesis, Pt. 1

Diana shares with you the first article of many on her thesis about videogames!

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So as some of you may or may not know, I’m a sociology major (as well as a psychology major, discussed here) and I began the senior thesis project this year (God help me). So of course, since I’m a complete nerd, I’m doing it on videogames.

To break it down, my thesis is about the gaming subculture and how different groups within it relate to each other. Participants will be asked questions about their experiences and perceptions of the subculture in general and the distinct subgroups within it. Ideally, being a part of certain subgroups within the larger gaming subculture will affect the answers people give. This would mean that subgroups share the same perception of the structure and also share similar experiences within the subgroup. But, hey—who knows? I have no idea what I’ll actually find.

We actually began looking over my interview questions in class and it led to a discussion about what esports actually entails, what kinds of stereotypes are true and which are not, and an in-depth breakdown of Diana’s favorite videogames. (Games discussed included Ace Attorney, which my professor plans to look up, Zero Escape, Animal Crossing, Mario Party, and more.)

Do you want to be interviewed for my thesis? Feel free to leave a comment on this article or join the Discord server I set up just for interviews! It’s a pretty cool group of people that immediately bonded, so feel free to drop by and say hello! Interviews will actually begin this summer, once I get my life together (haha, just kidding, my life will never be together. But I can try).

And don’t look now, but I may be naming my thesis “Gaming Outside the Mainstream”, as long as my boss doesn’t sue me. That’s fine, Jeddy…right?

Even though I’m writing my thesis on videogames, let’s be honest. It pales in comparison to the real thing. Until next time, friends!

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Diana is GameCola's resident fangirl of many things, but predominantly Ace Attorney. She has her own YouTube channel where she dates birds (and other animals) and often makes people cry, mostly herself.

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