WVU professors follow Fallout gamers to learn about perceptions of WV


Millions of people around the world are diving into Fallout 76 for the first time today, and WVU professors want to hear from them.

Faculty at WVU are conducting a study to determine how the new major game release affects gamers’ perception of West Virginia. They will be surveying people over the next three months and hope to gather information from around the world and demonstrate how important a game can be to forming views of the state.

“Video games like this really can have impacts for how we see the world around us.  You know, those digital, sort of fake toy pretend experiences actually can have really positive or really negative, or just really different experiences on how we see the world around us,” said Nick Bowman, one of the professors leading the study.

Bowman and his colleagues will be surveying the two-thousand participants in the study over the coming months to get their feedback on the game and state.

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