Video Game Addictions: Are They Real?

Posted on 30. Sep, 2013 by in Addiction

Do you sometimes feel like video game addictions are made up by people who just want to have an excuse for the reason that they play video games so often? Perhaps your boyfriend says that he is addicted to them, but you think that he is just trying to cover up for the fact that he does not want to spend time with you. If so, you will be interested to know that these addictions are very real.

In fact, the companies that make video games have taken great strides to ensure that their games are addicting. They design them that way on purpose. They make it look like it is just part of the game, but it is really done to draw the person in and make them want more. For instance, in many sports games, your player can get more skills as you use him. The more you play, the better he gets. There is no shortcut. You have to put in the time to unlock these skills. This is set up purposefully so that people want to keep playing, even when they have been playing for hours. The game always holds something else over their head, saying that they are close to it, so that they never put down that controller.

The reason that developers do this is as simple as you might assume: Money. Most games are played online, using subscriptions that come with a monthly fee. The more that people play, the more likely they are to buy these subscriptions, and to keep buying them every year. This brings in more and more money for the developers. They do not care that the downside of all of this is that they have created video game addictions that are causing a lot of issues in people’s lives.

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