Researchers said that players in the study indicated that they not only enjoyed playing games, but also frequently appreciated them at a deeper, more meaningful level.

"Video games are often stereotyped as something that is just fun and entertaining, but not something that is deeply appreciated," said Mary Beth Oliver, Distinguished Professor in Media Studies and co-director of Media Effects Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University.

"Video games do not seem to have the same critical acclaim as, for example, books and plays or even music," she said.

Participants in the study suggested that story details in the game were critical to feelings of appreciation. They also indicated that more meaningful games were associated with heightened feelings of insight or enrichment.
While participants reported that they found both types were fun to play, they said they had more appreciation for the more meaningful games they played.

Creating games with more interactive and more meaningful story lines is a challenge for developers, but could be worth the investment, the researchers said.

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