Video games are everywhere these days. The times when playing video games required a gaming console and the family’s precious TV are long gone. Games are readily available for anyone who owns a smartphone and it is not only teenage boys anymore who like playing those games. Games can easily get addictive though, especially if we are not aware of slowly losing control.
Gaming is of course not all bad. It teaches concentration skills and makes you think strategically. However, one needs to be able to decide when to stop. Some game creators don’t want you to stop though and have created game development tricks to keep you glued to the screen. We asked Péter Deli what these tricks were. Péter is an expert in the fields of gaming and you can read more about him here.
1. A sense of victory
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While playing most video games there is usually an audio reward for completing the next level, killing the bad guy or winning the jackpot. This stimulates the players’ rewards system and surely, they will be back for more.
A common trick when it comes to video slots is giving the player the sensation that they almost won. Let’s say, you need 4 of the same symbols in one row to win and you got 3. So, you were almost there, right? Wrong. But you will definitely spin again.
2. Figuring out what players are willing to pay for
Making video games is time and labor-intensive, especially when it comes to complicated video games with advanced graphics and sound. Creating these games costs a lot of money and paychecks need to be paid, so somehow the game providers need to make money with the game. If a game was made available for free, it will either have those annoying advertisements or they will prompt you to make in-app purchases.
Most games you play on your computer or smartphone are connected to the internet and therefore a mass amount of information about the players’ habits is collected. This data can, later on, be analyzed so that the game creators can learn in which situations the players are most likely to open their wallets.
3. Players want to finish a level and reach the next one
Playing video games is a great pastime and with apps being available for free to download, anybody can play them without purchasing specific gaming equipment. According to eNet in Hungary 3.7 million people played some form of video game in 2017. That includes the grandma playing the most hooked game, Candy Crush on her phone, the 20-year-old participating in the e-sports tournament and the toddler playing Super Mario 3D on Nintendo Switch. What is common in them all is that they all want to reach the next level.
Most games, and particularly free ones, start out easy but become increasingly more difficult so that they keep you interested. People want to get to the next level so they might need to buy a new life, a new skin or a new weapon that is made available with in-app purchases. Adults should be able to make their own decisions, however, some games that are targetted for kids might surprise you when you receive your next credit card bill.
Playing games is a good way of spending time, as long as it is under control. Players need to understand that developers need to make money out of games and will try to entice the players to make further purchases. As long as one knows when to stop and their spending is consciously decided, games can be enjoyed in a healthy way.