This study explored factors that may trigger players’ enjoyment of mobile games on smart devices. Gender differences and the psychological benefits of mobile gameplay were further assessed. A laboratory experiment was conducted. Results revealed that there was a significant interaction effect of game challenge and past mobile game experience on game enjoyment. A significant gender difference was found, with males performing games better, and enjoying them more than females. The indirect effect of game rewards on self-esteem through enjoyment suggested that game enjoyment may be considered an important mechanism connecting satisfying gaming performance with psychological health.
Wang, Shaojung Sharon and Hsu, Shih-Jung
"Not So Angry Birds: Psychological Benefits of Mobile Games,"
Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/pajais/vol8/iss1/4