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Jamie Madigan's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

Writes about the psychology of video games here and over at www.psychologyofgames.com. Follow on Twitter: @JamieMadigan

 

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Posted by Jamie Madigan on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:08:00 EDT in Design
Why are some games better than others at getting us to just keep playing without taking a break?


Posted by Jamie Madigan on Tue, 07 Jun 2016 03:52:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
How a simple choice of words and a little psychology can bias your choices in video games, such as what NPC factions to support.


Posted by Jamie Madigan on Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:29:00 EST in Art, Console/PC, Indie
An old technique from film making has psychological roots that reach into the world of video games.


Posted by Jamie Madigan on Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:41:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious
How do gaming Kickstarters that rely on nostalgia make use of our irrational decision-making?


Posted by Jamie Madigan on Tue, 25 Aug 2015 01:22:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
How do players react and what social comparisons do they make when others pay real money for in-game advantages?


Posted by Jamie Madigan on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:24:00 EDT in
How the irrational way we treat “free” as a price in games can lead us astray …or keep us on track.



Jamie Madigan's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 10/08/2014 - 01:34]

Interesting point. I 'll refresh ...

Interesting point. I 'll refresh myself on that.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/15/2014 - 01:52]

So given their gross misrepresentation ...

So given their gross misrepresentation and their decision to sensationalize rather than inform, would you help the people at The Sun again in the future

Comment In: [News - 06/06/2013 - 06:28]

I like how straight forward ...

I like how straight forward MS is being here and telling us exactly what we get without using PR speak or other wishy-washy language. They even come out and say Yo, we may change any of this at some time in the future, so ...keep that in mind. That said, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/03/2013 - 02:16]

I didn 't want to ...

I didn 't want to oversell it. :

Comment In: [News - 05/15/2013 - 03:51]

I count myself among those ...

I count myself among those who never understood the big deal about this term. It fits, it 's short, it 's not awkward unlike any alternative I 've seen , and it 's generally understood. If you want more specificity, just add modifiers: core gamer, casual gamer, etc. And if ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/13/2013 - 03:00]

I didn 't mention it ...

I didn 't mention it in the OP, but the researchers actually thought of this too. They had a follow-up experiment where they let people in the sequential condition scroll back and forth between options. The effects on likelihood to switch was definitely less, but it was still there. They ...