Nearly Half Of Gamers Play Video Games To “Express Themselves,” Study Finds

Many players find it easier to be themselves by playing games.

Story Highlights

  • A new study has found that nearly half of players play games for self-expression and creativity.
  • Those who game for creativity and self-expression are 30% more likely to increase their playtime.
  • Stress relief and unwinding are still the biggest reasons why many players turn to gaming.

A new study has found that almost half of gamers play video games for self-expression and creativity. Fandom’s yearly “Inside Gaming” 2024 report explored many reasons that motivate players to enjoy games. Now, 46% of gamers play them because it helps with personal expression, a figure that has grown by 10% since last year. The report also states that those who play for self-expression are 30% more likely to increase their playtime.

Video games have taken on an important role in helping players define and express their identity – nearly two thirds of gamers claim it’s easier to be themselves with a controller in their hands,” reads the report.

Players enjoy immersing themselves in the games’ various elements because of self-expression. Titles like Minecraft, Roblox, and Fortnite let players self-express through “extensive customization options, open-world exploration, and other game updates.” Fandom also found that over 69% of players find personal expression through gameplay to be a more active decision than ever before.

More Than 50% Players Still Play Games To Relieve Stress And Unwind 

While self-expression is crucial for many gamers, many of them still play to relieve pent-up stress and unwind in peace. Another chunk of surveyed players enjoyed gaming as a form of escape, while others simply played to kill time and explore. Ranking in competitive games is also a major reason why so many of us enjoy playing video games.

A good chunk of players also enjoy gaming as an escape and to simply kill time | Image Source: Fandom
A good chunk of players also enjoy gaming as an escape and to simply kill time | Image Source: Fandom

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The report concludes that over 60% of players find it easier to be themselves in games than in real life. Many elements are working behind the scenes to make that possible. Generally speaking, gaming communities act as safe spaces for many users, boosting personal expression and giving them a fresh sense of freedom.

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