Using a 2 × 2 experiment, this study tests whether disposition theory can be applied to the processing and enjoyment of video games. Specifically, we test how the interaction of the severity of a crime and the punishment administered to a criminal by the player character affect satisfaction, guilt, and enjoyment. Results show effects on satisfaction and guilt consistent with prior research, but no overall effect on enjoyment. Empathetic individuals enjoyed the more moral outcomes, whereas non-empathetic individuals did not. Broader implications for research on narrative in games are discussed.
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