The Scary Fact of Online Games

Most of us play games online. It doesn’t matter what kind of games, be it World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, FarmVille or any other game that requires an internet connection.

Here’s a fact about online games you don’t know about

Online games had an advantage because developers were constantly updating game content. It means that you will be able to play the games until you die. They used a specific method to keep you playing. I will briefly explain the method here.

The scientist did experiments on mice on how to keep a mouse pressing a button continuously. What they did were:

1. They put a mouse inside a cage with a button installed on the floor of the cage. Every time the mice press the button, food pellets will come out from above. So the mice keep pressing the button until, at one point, they stop pressing due to a full stomach.

2. In Experiment 2, they did the same with Experiment 1, except they made the food pellets pop out at random instead of each button press. Mice keep pressing the button for a long time. However, it stops when it has tired of pressing.

3. In experiment 3, they did the same as in experiments 2 and 1, except that they added another “push” to the mice. Each time you release the button, a low-voltage UFA¬† electrical current will be applied to your body. What happened? Mice can’t stop pressing the button!

Yes. As you can see, all online games use the same concept to keep you playing. That is why for some people it is very difficult to stop playing.

Like WoW, they’ll make you think “I need to do random heroics today or I won’t get that Frost Badge (Justice Point for Patch 4.0)” If you don’t, you’ll lose it. That’s why every time you want to hunt better gear in the dungeons, it won’t drop right away. It will fall randomly.

Do you see the pattern?

So the next time you play online games and you can’t stop playing, just remember the experiments and hopefully you can still save yourself.