The business of addiction: how the video gaming industry is evolving to be like the casino industry

I’ve read about this before and never really thought about it until I started working my new job. There’s a guy that spends all his paycheque and more on a text based PC game to obtain “relics” and be better and progress further.

Just thought it would be an interesting read.

Glad I don’t have that addiction. I just have the buy shitty games cheap addiction. Thanks Steam!


Yeah this is big time in the mobile space. people droping hundreds of dollars a month on a game. And that is just to stay competitive.

Thank you very much for posting this article, Overall is was a very thought provoking read! I never really pictured Gambling and Gaming used as the same meaning to describe the same action but it fits. Candy Crush, Temple Run, Clash of Clans, There all models of gambling, and in some cases I even seemed disturbed on the lack of gameplay compared to the amount of marketing. That’s why I could never get into mobile games, Its not that I didn’t enjoy them, Its that I couldn’t afford them. I mean play candy crush for 10 mins on a rainy day and wait 45mins to play again or pay $1.99 to play now! ABSURD!
Now with that being said I also don’t condemn all gaming platforms on content , I paid for the founders pack on Paladins and All the gods on Smite, In total that’s $50 USD, And I’m not ashamed to admit I have a few god skins in smite as well, I mean who can resist “Swagni”, But in my mind these developers aren’t openly forcing you to pay for content or don’t play for extended periods of time, Hell there’s even ways to earn all these god and skins for free just by playing free game content! it just takes longer… So when I buy content I don’t feel the rush or adrenaline of gambling. In fact I like to look at it subjectively by morally justifying my spending habits of gaming content like these by thinking of it as me paying for the hard work Developers, Programmers, and Artist put into the game.

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