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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the games-watch-you! dept.

siliconwafer writes: "An article in The Economist raises some interesting points about addiction to video games, drawing from psychology and sociology to describe why certain people prefer certain types of games, and why they might become addicted to them. It is suggested that to discourage addiction, game designers could have their games recognize addictive behavior and respond to it by encouraging gamers to take breaks. Do game designers have any responsibility to recognize addictive behavior, or does this responsibility fall solely on the gamer (or the gamer's parents in the case of a minor)?"

 
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Buck Feta on Tuesday February 25 2014, @03:28PM

    by Buck Feta (958) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @03:28PM (#6662) Journal

    As I understand it, some online games like Farmville and Candycrush are designed from the ground up to encourage addictive behavior.

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