'Makes me feel like I was born in the wrong era': Gamer self-efficacy and appreciation are correlated with historical nostalgia when playing a retrogame

Sponsor: Game Studies Division
Fri, 11/18: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM CST
Room: Preservation Hall Studio 8 - 2nd Floor 
Research into retrogames has suggested that they provide a sense of personal nostalgia for gamers, and serving as "time machines" to revisit fond childhood experiences with video games. Emerging research has suggested that retrogames can also serve as vehicles for historical nostalgia among younger gamers without firsthand experience using older games and equipment. The current study focused on the historic nostalgia potential of playing a focal retrogame using original or modern-style controllers. Replicating prior work, controller manipulation had no impact on historical nostalgia. However, post-hoc modeling of observed relationships among notable covariates revealed that as appreciation for the gameplay experience increased, individuals with higher levels of broad gaming self-efficacy felt greater levels of historical nostalgia. Participants also noted a distinct respect for "bygone gaming eras" especially relevant to games played by older family and siblings. This research has implications for how we understand and further investigate retrogames and historical nostalgia.


Nicholas David Bowman, Syracuse University  - Contact Me


Koji Yoshimura, Texas Tech University  - Contact Me
Emily Bohaty, Texas Tech University  - Contact Me
Megan Amber Condis, Texas Tech University  - Contact Me