WARNING, GAME NAMES MENTIONED!
So here it goes. Through my work I`ve atended several conferences. I got inn touch with a founder of funcom, a norwegian game develop company on one of these conferences. And through him I`ve been able to meet and e-mail with people that works within game developing companies. I`d like to share a few of the things I`ve been told by people inn the different companies as it shows and explains alot.
The one from Funcom is a educated shrink, and he used that inn his work with games.
qoute: "you can make a videogame as addictive as you want, sadly we didnt make our game age of conan addictive enough because our moral wouldnt let us make a game that we knew would ruin peoples life. As a result our biggest mmo title was a major flop. It didnt have the most addictive implementations that all of the currently popular mmo games have. thats why I quit and became a full time shrink, to help those addicted to games instead of trying to make games that arent addictive"
This was a shock, how he who made a mmo that sold millions of copies the first month after launch could say this. But its true, many people bought the game and played it, but since it wasnt addictive enough they didnt continue playing it and turned to other games to get their "fix".
Through this person inn funcom I got the e-mail adress of a employee inn Riot (creators of league of legends). I contacted him and after sending a few mails back and forth where I explain my work and what I do he told me a few things.
qoute: "We have a designated staff of shrinks that finds rewards and triggers to implement into the design of champions. We also has a team dedicated to setting the prices of riot points (points you buy for money to unlock inn game costumes) inn such a way that you can never reach 0 points and spend all of it. That way people will keep spending money because they feel like that small amount of points that is left is wasted if they dont get to spend them"
So basicly they are making it impossible to spend all the points you buy for real money, that way making them feel like its a waste if they dont buy more points to try and spend it all. ****s....
And the last one I talked recently was a employee of blizzard, creators of World of warcraft. He had a son who strugled with gaming addiction but he couldnt get help for him. He was frustrated because no one took him seriously, also he was poor and if he asked for help any longer or tried to claim that video game addiction was a thing he would be unemployed and not able to pay the rent for his house or get enough food and clothes for his family.
qoute: "world of warcraft at first was just meant to be a entertaining game where you have to work hard to get rewards buildt into the game. Through the years theyve made it easier and easier to get rewards of some kind because the more rewards people get the more addicted they become. Anything you do you get a reward for doing, that way it triggers the same addiction that a gambler has when he gambles with money. You keep getting that fast paced constant rewards all the time."
This is just..... insane..... I cant put words to what this makes me feel. The thing is video games itself is not dangerous, BUT they can be if they are fast paces games made with lots of rewards that keeps triggering your brain inn such a way that you get addicted! Video games that isnt addicting will most likely flop, because people doesnt get hoocked enough to keep playing them hours and hours. So the more popular a game is, the more addictive it is!!
Before ending this wall of text I want to add, 2 norwegian gamestop (store that sell video games mainly) employees got fired for not wanting to sell mmo games to a 6 year old and a 8 year old kid! They did not have their mother with them and no written permission to buy the games they tried buying. So the employees denied selling it to them. Result is that they got fired for not selling a game that the store would have made money of.
The more I learn about video games and the people behind them, the more I understand how insane it is. Its all about money. They keep their motives and critical facts they know about video games to themselfes just for more effin money.
How does one do something about it? because of the mentallity of society I cant use what these people have told me because if I did they would deny it. They are scared for their family, their jobb, and their own life.
I will keep working with the organisation for now. But all I can do is to try and help the victims of video game addiction. I can not do anything about the source of the problem so.....
God help us all, society as we know it is going down the drain.