'But they're my avatar: Examining character attachment to android avatars in Quantic Dream's Detroit: Become Human


This study examines how players describe their rationale behind decisions made during gameplay of Detroit Become Human and how responses may coincide with character attachment (CA). Semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the presence of character attachment and how it may lead to the player’s understanding of their gameplay choices. Both the emotions (or lack of) of the avatar and strategizing about gameplay emerged as two central themes. Results are discussed in light of human-robot interaction based on popular media.

Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 169-170. https://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378298.
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Matthew J. A. Craig
Matthew J. A. Craig
PhD candidate in Communication & Information

Matthew Craig is a doctoral candidate in communication & information at Kent State University. Matthew Craig has research interests in human-machine communication and new media specific focus on the intersections of human-machine communication, privacy management, and society.