013 - Are Video Games Designed to be Addictive?
If you asked me this question 15 years ago, I'd probably answer it with a resounding no. However, in recent years the gaming industry has shifted towards an approach that focuses on broken, microtransaction-filled, free-to-play games full of mechanics that are cleverly implemented in order to keep you hooked.
As it turns out, there are a load of psychological tactics game developers use in order to get the most engagement (money) out of their users. I can't talk about them all in this episode, but I cover the main points as well as going into what I think the industry needs to do in the future to avoid catastrophe.
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Until next time.
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue.