• Rebecca Watson wrote a new post, Internet Gaming Disorder and The Psychology of Loot Boxes, on the site Skepchick 2 years, 1 month ago

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    In case you haven’t heard, Internet Gaming Disorder is now a thing. It’s the idea that people can become addicted to online games. It’s not a […]

    • I wouldn’t call loot boxes a disorder, any more than any other form of gambling. (Though of course, you can be addicted at least psychologically to anything.) Richard Garfield takes issue with them, though. (Write your own punchline here.)

    • Loot boxes are pretty clearly designed to get people to pay more money. It’s the intermittent reinforcement method.

    • Has anybody checked out VR Chat?

      Talk about total immersion, people can leave the real world behind for good!

      When they get in their $3000 gear and sit around in the virtual world watching vids….but who am I to judge, the real world is ultra shitty for lots of people!