Online Technologies Lab receives SCRA mini-grant for work with CEOtaku

SCRAI can’t believe I didn’t actually write a post about this back when it happened in January! I’m really happy to announce that Online Technologies Lab was awarded a SCRA Community Mini-Grant from the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) for our work with the fighting game community (FGC) and CEO Gaming. In October, Jordan and I went to CEOtaku, an anime fighting game tournament, to interview tournament attendees about their sense of community, social responsibility, reactions to FGC members’ helpful and harmful behaviors, perceptions of the FGC, and what contributes to building and limiting community. The funds will help cover the travel costs that we incurred during the tournament, as well as securing high quality transcriptions of the interviews we conducted.

Jordan and I each managed to nab an adorable Jūbei plushie during the festivities.

Here at OTL, we are interested in the ways humans interact through and with technology. We utilize an assets-based community psychology framework that emphasizes the voices of the particular communities studied. Recently, we turned our attention to the fighting game community (FGC), an understudied gaming community whose members communicate via both on- and offline methods. We launched an online survey in 2016 and are now analyzing the data, which is both quantitative and qualitative in nature. This interview study came as a result of both our preliminary examination of the qualitative data as we built our codebooks, and from suggestions from FGC members that we go to a tournament to experience firsthand what it feels like to be a part of the FGC. Jordan and I really enjoyed our time in Florida, chatting with other attendees, exploring art booths, and watching some really exciting finals for games like Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator.

We will definitely keep everyone updated about the status of the project as we move forward. Currently, we’re transcribing the interviews, which makes me wish I was back at the tournament. Thanks again to SCRA for supporting a project we are so excited about! We also want to thank Alex Jebailey of CEO Gaming and Evansville Esports for their help with the interview questions. Jebailey was incredibly helpful during the entire process of figuring out the best ways to interview people at a bustling tournament. Hopefully Jordan and I can return to CEOtaku this year. I’m absolute trash at fighting games, but maybe this will inspire me to dust off my Naoto or finally pick up Guilty Gear

If you’d like to learn more about our lab, please visit our page on this website, our Facebook, or our Twitter! For updates on a great anime fighting game tournament, follow CEO Gaming on Twitter and Facebook. To learn more about community psychology, I highly recommend visiting the Society for Community Research and Action’s (SCRA) website.

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