Young video game players’ self-identified toxic gaming behaviour

An interview study




Video gaming, toxic behaviour, affect, affordance, young people


In this study we analyze negative behaviour in the context of digital gaming through interviews of players (N=12) aged 16–27 who self-reported as having behaved in a manner they acknowledged as toxic. Through thematic analysis of the interviews, we highlight three central themes: Games as affective spaces; affordances and norms facilitating negative behaviours; and players’ navigation of negative behaviours. Our study demonstrates the situational and affective nature of negative behaviour and offers solutions for reducing it in gaming. 


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How to Cite

Ruotsalainen, M. and Meriläinen, M. (2023) “Young video game players’ self-identified toxic gaming behaviour: An interview study”, Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 14(1), pp. 147–173. doi: 10.7557/23.7270.

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