Holy crap guys, thank you so much!
Nitpick: Your ethnicity list could use some work; unsure if that's of your own design or your university. While you have a multitude of options for various Asian and South-Asian ancestries, for example, and a pretty lengthy list otherwise, "White" loses all of that nuance for a huge group of disparate peoples. Too late to alter this bit of research design, but something to consider in the future.
Since I'm based in Canada, I looked at what options were available from the census and tweaked the ethnicities based on that. I wouldn't be surprised if the options were based on cities like Toronto and Vancouver. They included even more specific ethnicities for Asians, but White was just White. You're totally right — White just takes away all of the different cultures. I read a journal article recently that talked about White identity and how high school kids at a couple of high schools in the States couldn't describe white culture, but immediately understood that an event around it would create accusations of White supremacy. Some of the students said they were such a mix of Italian/Jewish/American/etc. that they just identified as White. I'm glad you pointed this issue out, because it shows me that people actually *do* care and *do* notice that sort of thing.
Having the options of "American Caucasian" and "European Caucasian" sounds so awkward... This is my first ever research survey and it was incredibly difficult to write. Especially with the sensitive questions. I mean did you see that gender question? What amazes me more is that people are checking off all the various options! So I will DEFINITELY consider this in the future, and if you have ideas oh my goodness shoot them my way.
Out of curiosity, how do you factor in income into the research? Do you link it with the country of residence somehow (e.g. a mediocre salary in the States would be a high salary in Eastern Europe etc.) or just leave it as is? I'm asking because I didn't have to take that into consideration when doing my thesis, so just wondering if there is an academic approach to it
Income was actually a question I put in for fun. I have no idea how I might use that data IF I even use it, but it does help to paint a better picture of the gamer themselves. Maybe low-income gamers like avatar customization options where they don't have to pay for cosmetics. Or competitive gamers will spend more money on cosmetic options (if they wrote MOBAs or The Sims under favourite genres). At that point the research is too deep for this project. Ultimately it was to help me get a better sense of individuals and their lives. I can't use much of the income details without further questioning, but maybe some of the commentary at the end of the survey will provide some feedback on that, e.g. "I hate paying to customize".
Also this :
Random shout out to the Saint's Row series from part 2 onwards for being actually really good at this, and allowing you to change your character at will.I've barely played these games but that aspect really stood out.
YES. I played some of SR3 and this stood out. A lot of responses talk about sliders or changing features from invisible to vastly overexaggerated, and Saints Row was on a good track with that. If there's one thing I've realized from researching game design in general, it's that Volition was definitely ahead of its time in democratizing gaming. They released FRED and then
the Source Code for us to play with. Then there's the Saints Row customization. I don't know, I look at the content Volition is putting out these days and I'm so confused. Saints Row is fun, and their new game looks stellar as well, but...it's not Red Faction or Summoner or FreeSpace, breaking story molds. I can play Saints Row... or GTA... or any other game that allows you to drive around and **** people up. Saints Row is fun but doesn't stand out for me story-wise. That's just my opinion anyway. It's painful to see them having lost so many of their IPs. But now I've digressed.
Everyone is amazing and thank you so much. Please share if you feel so inclined! (My method of data collection is convenience/snowball sampling, so I promise sharing is legit haha!)