Wayfinding Abilities and Gamer Skills in Portal 2
Spatial and wayfinding abilities and video game playing abilities seem to be linked somehow. Video game players are said to have better spatial and wayfinding abilities than non-gamers. This study strives to find out if people who have good wayfinding abilities are also good at playing video games. 145 participants were found on various online gaming forums. They have filled in the Wayfinding Questionnaire, a self-report measure of wayfinding abilities. The outcome of the Wayfinding Questionnaire is compared to a measure of how “good” a player is at playing the game Portal 2, namely the time of completion of the first playthrough of the game. Self-assessed wayfinding abilities positively correlate with the outcome of the Wayfinding Questionnare and male participants score significantly higher on the Wayfinding Questionnaire than females. Self-assessed gamer skills positively correlate with the outcome of the Wayfinding Questionnaire. No significant correlation was found between the outcome of the Wayfinding Questionnaire and the first playthrough time. These results imply that wayfinding abilities and gamer skills are not related. It could also be possible that the first playthrough time does not properly represent gamer skills and that a better measure of gamer skills needs to be found.
Rinske Roeleveld, "Wayfinding Abilities and Gamer Skills in Portal 2", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2018