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#7545629 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Herald
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I have never been a huge gamer. I am a casual one at best. I will play Mario for a while and then, when it gets to be too hard or I die too many times, I turn off the machine and go do something else.

But then I got a smartphone.

I added this thing recently called "Candy Crush Saga," a simple puzzle game I found out about on Facebook. I play it every night before I sleep now. I just HAVE to see if I can get to the next level. There is something so tactile and satisfying about moving the little candies into rows that then explode from your action.

My partner is having a similar addictive experience with a My Little Pony game that she got, originally, for our daughter. It's basically an economic simulator with a layer of pretty MLP's running around but I will tell you what: she can't put the damned thing down. And what's more: you can play for a while until it gets "good," and then you have to pay for the next levels (like, a lot...as much as you'd pay for a console game!)

These are the games we can't put down right now. They are tactile, can me played in short spurts, and offer intermittent rewards...totally designed to latch onto our hilariously inattentive simian brains!
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#7549264 Mar 19, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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We'll need to get Neville in here and of course pull the research, but I think it may be that they are designed to hit on the dopamine loops and our need to accomplish things.
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#7554692 Mar 20, 2013 at 01:29 PM
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That's the same thing I've noticed about the Clash of Clans game, actually. Cute little sounds and graphics! You find yourself waiting for the dopamine rush caused by a small clip of music, for pete's sake!

I wonder how many more students would get their assignments in on time if they had a fanfare play when they turned it in!
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#7555809 Mar 20, 2013 at 04:37 PM
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I avoid Facebook Games, and do block all those requests, but some swear by them, I do end up sometimes playing a game or two on iPad or mobile before going to bed, generally Texas Holdem Poker or some old Angry Birds things. @Leedale, ah I always turn the sound off. I think those simple puzzle games allow you to relax, I think another would be Tetris. Interestingly enough after I was an a car accident and basically had a closed head injury, I busied myself with Tetris, only to find out when I went into some rehab (yes, thank you I am fine) they were using Tetris to help recovery in spacial hand/eye coordination. So I guess I self-diagnosed and then self-medicated LOL Tetris Home Page
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#7559772 Mar 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Herald
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You know what's interesting? Out of courtesy for my partner, I always play on silent! I wonder how that is altering my experience of the game...i wonder if it would be more addictive if i could hear it!

#7554692 Leedale wrote:

That's the same thing I've noticed about the Clash of Clans game, actually. Cute little sounds and graphics! You find yourself waiting for the dopamine rush caused by a small clip of music, for pete's sake!

I wonder how many more students would get their assignments in on time if they had a fanfare play when they turned it in!

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#7560881 Mar 21, 2013 at 04:14 PM
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#7559772 badbuddha0 wrote:

You know what's interesting? Out of courtesy for my partner, I always play on silent! I wonder how that is altering my experience of the game...i wonder if it would be more addictive if i could hear it!

#7554692 Leedale wrote:

That's the same thing I've noticed about the Clash of Clans game, actually. Cute little sounds and graphics! You find yourself waiting for the dopamine rush caused by a small clip of music, for pete's sake!

I wonder how many more students would get their assignments in on time if they had a fanfare play when they turned it in!



I play on silent a lot and I don't even have a partner, but I bet in real life those slot machines wouldn't get as much play if they didn't go whirl thump thump ding ding ding clunk clunk clunk... (smile) When I play Texas Holdem APP I do use the sound, like the sound of the cards shuffling and dealing and yet when I play Angry Birds I play it on silent. . . .
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#7580147 Mar 25, 2013 at 08:04 PM
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#7559772 badbuddha0 wrote:

You know what's interesting? Out of courtesy for my partner, I always play on silent! I wonder how that is altering my experience of the game...i wonder if it would be more addictive if i could hear it!



Greetings to the serene BadBuddha! I'm interested in the way in which "games" and "gaming" (in my country used as a euphemism for gambling, as in "gaming machines" aka slot machines) are deliberately incorporating addictive features -- triggering the dopamine rush with lights, sounds and so on.

Games apps are becoming quite the addictive money-sink in many households. I remember many hours wasted -- sorry, invested -- in the game Bejeweled. Lining up those jewels, getting the constant reinforcement of flash, tinkle, verbal encouragement -- so similar to, but cheaper than, a gambling rush.

Is it any wonder we experience addiction in games? And just for your entertainment, the New South Wales 2011 State elections popped a corker for us:
"THE voters of Ryde must be a boring bunch. A staff member in the office of the Liberal member, Victor Dominello, has asked to play computer games to pass the time while she deals with constituents."
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/voters-dull-mp-says-play-games-20110301-1bckg.html

I'm also commencing a research Master's -- or what I hope eventually turns out to be one -- in Games in Education.

I'm working through Charles Sturt University www.csu.edu.au which is considered one of the Australian leaders in distance education (perhaps of some use to you?).

Great to hear from you again
Michael Barry
(Being "down under" doesn't make me backward)
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#9438229 Apr 28, 2014 at 01:27 AM
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I found out about on Facebook. I play it every night before I sleep now.

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