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motivate her to study or read her topics but they
motivate her to have fun. She describes learning
(question #4) as “working hard and challenging.”
Student C states: “I feel good playing computer
games when I learn how to play new games and
win my opponents, I feel good too”
have trouble getting kids do their homework.” He
describes computer games as fun activities and
living in a fantasy world. He states that “learning
is about doing some work which needs persever-
ance; learning and playing computer games are two
different things. One is about work and the other
is about fun”. He maintains that he feels bad after
playing computer games for long hours especially
during the holidays. He admits that sometimes he
thinks that games motivate him to waste his time
on less pressing activity (game playing).
SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW
WITH STUDENT D (11/19/09)
Student D is a 33 years old Caucasian student
reading for a Ph.D. degree. In responding to
question number 1, Student D states, “I play
computer games to feed my procrastination”. Play-
ing games helps me justify why I have not done
what I suppose to do. I do not feel bored when I
play computer games.” In question number 2, he
emphatically says, “No, computer game does not
motivate me to learn, in fact it takes time away
from me.” Student D believes that computer games
are about having fun. According to him, learning
is a serious job and it involves working hard to
achieve success.” He acknowledges that although
he enjoys the games he plays but at the end of
the games, he feels that he could have spent time
on other things like studying. He recognizes that
his problem is making sure that while he plays
computer games that he finds time to meet his
other commitments.
SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW
WITH STUDENT F (1/7/2010)
Student F is a 29 years old African-American
student in a Master's degree program. Student F
believes that her motivation for playing computer
games is to relax and socialize after a full-time job
and being a full-time student. She admits that she
plays computer games and in doing so, she releases
stress. She believes that computer games do not
motivate her to learn; “games can make you lazy
if you are not disciplined” she adds. She states
that playing games is “like relaxing and worry
about nothing.” According to Student F, “learning
is the opposite of playing computer games which
help relaxation.” She says that “learning needs a
lot of work.” She acknowledges that sometimes
she plays games for a long time if she has time
and does not feel bad because it is about relaxing.
SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW
WITH STUDENT E (11/20/09)
SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW
WITH STUDENT G (1/7/2010)
Student E is a 30 years old African-American
student reading for a master's degree. He believes
that his main purpose for playing computer games
is to avoid being bored, socialize with peers and
have fun. He states that computer games do not
motivate him to learn; “games help me avoid
learning, computer games do the opposite for
me”. He adds that “if computer games motivate
learning, perhaps parents and teachers will not
Student G is a Caucasian student reading for a
Ph.D. degree. He is 31 years old. He believes that
computer games are part of the evolving world.
His purpose for playing computer games is not
necessarily to motivate him to learn although he
believes that he acquires some ideas from the
games he plays. He states “I play it for fun but
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