Sony Interactive Entertainment is collaborating with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) — part of the world-famous Oxford University — on a research project looking into the link between gaming and wellbeing.
The project involves a survey of Gran Turismo Sport players. If you play the game or have participated in online surveys in the past, there’s a good chance that you’ll have an email in your inbox today inviting you to take part.
Should you accept the invitation you’ll be taken to a survey page. After a couple of basic questions about your age and gender, you’ll be asked to share how often you play GT Sport, and rate various aspects of how you feel when you play it — or don’t — and your mood generally.
In total there’ll be three short surveys, with a couple of weeks’ break between each one, allowing the researchers to track changes in responses over the course of the project.
This isn’t the first time that OII has investigated links between wellbeing and video games. The same research team has previously published results of similar projects that show a general positive relationship between gaming and mental health, with players of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Animal Crossing: New Horizons surveyed, again in collaboration with the games’ publishers.
Gran Turismo is likely to be a slightly different prospect. Racing games are something that many players are likely to take considerably more seriously, investing thousands of dollars in driving rigs to enhance their experience, and the results may vary from those of previous games investigated.
Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing the results, which will likely appear on OII’s YouTube page as a webinar presentation later this year.