It’s Not You! Video Games Are Designed To Be Addictive 🎮

It’s Not You! Video Games Are Designed To Be Addictive 🎮


One day you decided to download a game on your phone you played it for some minutes, hours suddenly, you spent the
whole weekend with that game in the mall : you are playing Waiting for the bus : playing At work : playing After days and days playing, you slowly start to get bored then you start to realise : HOW DID THIS GAME STEAL MY TIME !? did that ever happen to you ? yes ? Congratulation you were trapped inside Skinner’s Box a vast number of today’s games are built upon Skinner’s
discoveries The Idea is to design the video game in a way that will trick your brain and make you addicted to the game so you can’t leave the game and you keep coming back Again & Again So what is the strange story behind The Skinner Box? in the early 1930s, an American man named Burrhus Frederic Skinner started to study Psychology before him we only knew how to Condition Reactions Skinner theorized that you can go one step further He theorized that you can Condition Volition that you can change the way that people make choices Skinner did a simple Experiment he took a pigeon and put it inside a box the box was empty except for a button on one of its sides When the pigeon pecked at the button a small door opens and small pieces of food entered the box Skinner started watching how the pigeon Behaved at first the pigeon was acting normally After some time the pigeon got hungry it randomly pecked the button and few pieces of food entered the box the pigeon ate the food, and still hungry looked over the box again then it decided to peck the button and food entered the box a second time Now The pigeon is not a clever creature but it could understand this : pecking the button equaled food Skinner repeated the experiment multiple times with various different animals he came up with these conclusions you can condition creatures to make a specific choice if you award them with a small reward and yup, that works with humans too This is called Operant Conditioning if you award the creature each and every time after making a specific choice it will get bored and know the lesseon, and it will stop BUT, if you reward it randomly and in interrupted form like provide a reward after they perform the action a random number of times or there is only an reward on a set timer it will be far more effective at conditioning someone to repeat an action Creatures get enough satisfaction from physical needs like sleep, food, drink but, in a personal needs like wealth, compliment & power are unlimited in terms of satisfaction These 3 conclusions made a huge revolution in many fields like Social Media, Marketing, & Video Games Most video games use the method of random rewards system to encourage players to come back to the game and keep playing it for a long time This is inspired by the Skinner Box Experiment The most famous & frequent method used in Video Games is the idea of a leveling system You are just at level 2 reach level 10 to unlock that nice thing Great ! you reached level 10 here is your thing but if you reach level 30 you will earn that phenomenal thing you just reached level 30, here is your silly thing look at how useless it is comparing to Champions award you will get at level 100 this goes on FOREVER this method is used by most mobile video games because it is very effective in getting players back to the game the game doesn’t have to be fun or enjoyable all people really need, is a desire for a reward Gambling is The second method used and because humans like challenges in those games you have to give up some of your points for a chance to either double your points, or lose it all which is a big example of a random reward. Another method is loot or items which will be available for a limited time or the extra loot once every few hours which will make you keep opening the game However, The Skinner Box method can also add a lot of fun to some games but some developers are taking advantage of it to make players addicted to their games the more you play the more ads you see or more stuff you buy from the game which will mean more money for the developer if you find yourself addicted to a game ask yourself am i playing because i enjoy the game ? or because i am just used to it ? if your answer was because you are used to it congratulations! you are inside The Skinner Box. Thank you for watching Informia Easter Egg 🥚

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