Profits from video-game ‘addiction’


Do you know any kids who don’t play video games? My eighth-grade son said 100 percent of the boys in his class play, though girls play less often. Do you know why gamers play so many hours? Most video games ( World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and even Minecraft, an educational game for younger kids) have built-in formulas to keep kids playing longer.

Why? For money, of course. Play more, pay more. Don’t believe me? Google “skinners box and video games: how to create addictive games” to find out what video-game developers don't want you to know.

George Anderton, Palmetto Bay

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