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Zebes 1
Working as intended.
Posted by Zebes on January 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Report this
If a little Facebook game got you addicted like that, please don't ever play a real MMORPG like World of Warcraft or you'll be fucked.
Posted by Keenan C on January 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
@2 for the Leroy Jenkins win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 5
Most video games are essentially skinner-boxes, some are just more pared down than others. Operant response, dopamine lever or electric shock - they provide the psychological wages of problem-solving and competition in a carefully controlled environment. For some people this can be as addictive as gambling, if not usually quite as expensive or dehabilitating... And like gambling, the majority are able to enjoy video games without collapsing from heart failure in Korean internet cafes.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
@2 - A dear friend of the STD once said "My only problem with MMORPGs is the second M." As awesome as Leeeeeeroy Jenkins is to watch on YouTube, having to endure him and his ilk in order to service an addiction sounds unsustainable. For that matter, "addiction" doesn't seem much better than "work" as a metaphor for these dopamine-harvesting arrangements. We're looking for something better.
Posted by The Stranger Testing Department on January 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM · Report this
This is precisely what turns me off of these types of games in general; the mind-numbing repetition. Mission, mission, mission UP LEVEL! Mission, mission, mission, mission UP LEVEL! All more or less based on the same limited range of actions: shoot, shoot, 'splode, run, duck, run, shoot, jump, shoot, shoot, shoot.

Seriously, a good round of checkers or tic-tac-toe involves more cerebral processing than does the average video game...
Posted by COMTE on January 23, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Elder scrolls mmorpg beta is taking apps now, if anyone is interested.
Posted by Bohica on January 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM · Report this

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