I cringe every time someone mentions wanting to write a thesis on video games. More so when they advertise surveys on forums. Good luck to you, but I don't think its a very good way to be taken serious.
I don't mean to insult you, but this is a pretty ignorant comment. Video games are a completely legitimate subject of research, and will continue to be in coming decades. Particularly in light of what a huge industry it is and the increasingly relevant social implications, there are many social science fields for which video game research is a legitimate contribution.
I wouldn't fault someone for wanting to do a thesis/dissertation on video games anyway. If you're not going to publish it and it's only being used to demonstrate competencies, you might as well choose something interesting. While it might not be taken very seriously in the actual field, a thesis or dissertation generally isn't taken that seriously ANYWAY.
But the bottom line is that if a committee of PhDs approved the topic, then who is anyone else to question that decision?
Also, using gift card drawings as an incentive to participate is a very common method of increasing survey response rates. Edited, Nov 19th 2010 5:12pm by Kachi
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.