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It’s All Fun and Games Until You Run Out of Coins

Programmed To Be Addictive

Games are designed to be addictive in a ‘gateway drug’ fashion. The ‘free-to-play’ or ‘Freemium’ models entice users to try and as soon as one plays it and is hooked, they ask for a little amount of cash to continue and gain new levels/powers etc. This process repeats itself, psychological playing with our ‘addictiveness’ loophole in the brain.

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Programmed To Be Addictive

Games are designed to be addictive in a ‘gateway drug’ fashion. The ‘free-to-play’ or ‘Freemium’ models entice users to try and as soon as one plays it and is hooked, they ask for a little amount of cash to continue and gain new levels/powers etc. This process repeats itself, psychological playing with our ‘addictiveness’ loophole in the brain.

Behaviour Psychology

Most of these addictive mobile games are casual ones, and raked in $50 billion dollars of annual revenue in 2018 alone, more than what Hollywood’s global revenue was in that year.

Core gaming has dedicated followers and are complex, requiring commitment and skill. They require years of commitment and people are passionate about them, with some being lifetime members.

These games use highly advanced psychological tricks, studying the behaviour of smokers, to get people to spend on their platform.

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A new disorder

The World Health Organization officially added a new disorder to the section on substance use and addictive behaviors :

The term "addiction"

Addiction can include:

  • Addiction as a moral transgression, like excessive drinking or drug use.
  • Addiction as a scientific disease, which characterize alcoholism and drug addiction as biological.
  • Colloquial violation, which applies the term to almost any fixation. 

The idea that someone can be addicted to a behavior, as opposed to a substance, remains debatable.

Arguments against gaming addiction

  • Excessive gameplay is a symptom of a larger problem, like anxiety or depression.
  • The fear of possible addiction arrises from moral panic about new technologies, not scientific research or clinical data.
  • Making excessive gaming a disorder can harm the gaming industry by stigmatizing their products. 

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