Exploring the enjoyment of playing browser games

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Apr;12(2):231-4. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.0128.


Browser games--mostly persistent game worlds that can be used without client software and monetary cost with a Web browser--belong to the understudied digital game types, although they attract large player communities and motivate sustained play. The present work reports findings from an online survey of 8,203 players of a German strategy browser game ("Travian"). Results suggest that multiplayer browser games are enjoyed primarily because of the social relationships involved in game play and the specific time and flexibility characteristics ("easy-in, easy-out"). Competition, in contrast, seems to be less important for browser gamers than for users of other game types. Findings are discussed in terms of video game enjoyment and game addiction.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Communication
  • Competitive Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Behavior
  • Software
  • Video Games / psychology*
  • Young Adult