What Is (Scientifically) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better or worse, when they lost track of time while gaming, and how much time they lost.

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NastyLeftHook02027d ago

demons souls for me, so many hours.

darthv722027d ago

simple puzzle games are the most addicting to me. Tetris, dr mario, bejeweled....i dont know what it is actually. Maybe its the simplistic nature of pick up and play with the ever increasing difficulty.

While i do find myself addicted to the various story driven games, i keep coming back to those puzzle ones. The funny thing about them is....there really is no goal except to better your own personal score.

My 2nd favorite addicting games would be pinball. Same rules apply, no story...just trying to better your score.

NastyLeftHook02026d ago

come to think about it, when i only had my pc and i was over seas the most addicting games i played were bejewled 2 and card games (poker.)

gazgriff2k122026d ago

the secret source is making you compete against yourself or others (COD)

Donnieboi2026d ago (Edited 2026d ago )

Demon's Souls also for me, Metal Gear Online, and Monster Hunter. Those never get tired.

shackdaddy2027d ago (Edited 2027d ago )

Definitely WoW during the Burning Crusade and Lich King expansions. Man, the countless nights me and all my friends wasted on that game...

Ducky2027d ago


... or pretty much any Strategy game, once you get your head into it.

WUTCHUGUNNADO2026d ago (Edited 2026d ago )

I would have to give it to COD... It's about the only game I know of that everyone plays(or has played), everyone has the same reaction too(screaming at the TV or calling out BS regularly), and everyone rushes out to buy(even though there's no clear cut line between any installment in the series after COD4).

Con-Fu2026d ago

Is this some kind of industry research that will come to haunt it later like cigarette companies learning that nicotine was addictive and bad for people?

coolbeans2026d ago (Edited 2026d ago )

If anything, it serves as the kind of research other game developers can use to understand what sort of scientifically-measurable qualities in a game are what keep a player so addicted to it.

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