"Kinda like The Sims... But with ghosts?": A Qualitative Analysis of Video Game Re-finding Requests on Reddit

Ida Kathrine Hammeleff Jørgensen, Toine Bogers

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With the advent of the retro-gaming movement there is an in-creasing interest in rediscovering games once played. ‘Tip of my Joystick’ is a Reddit community dedicated to the re-finding of for-gotten games. In this subreddit, users describe games they wish to re-find so that other users may help them identify the game’s title. This community thus offers a unique opportunity for studying how players recall and describe games and play experiences of the past. This paper presents the results of an analysis of a random sample of 250 posts from this subreddit. The posts were analyzed in terms of what aspects of games they describe. For the purpose of this analysis we developed a coding scheme consisting of 38 individual codes belonging to 9 different main categories. Our findings may contribute to research on game archiving and collection as they may help inform the design of better game search engines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFDG '20: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
EditorsGeorgios N. Yannakakis, Antonios Liapis, Penny Kyburz
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2020
Article number40
ISBN (Electronic)9781450388078
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventFoundations of Digital Games 2020 - Bugibba, Malta
Duration: 14 Sept 202018 Sept 2020


ConferenceFoundations of Digital Games 2020
Internet address


  • video games
  • game description
  • game archives
  • re-finding
  • known-item search
  • complex information needs


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