Video Games Psychology books
I’m working on my own book about the psychology of video games, and in the process I’ve come across some others that touch on a lot of the same topics. Let me be honest: once my book is out, I’ll shamelessly promote it as the super best, most awesome thing to read about the topic. (Have you signed up for my book progress newsletter yet?) But in the meantime, I thought I’d highlight three other good reads in descending order of publication date.
Ever wondered how the appearance of the avatar you use while playing games affects you or other players? Or how the biases, assumptions, and world views you bring with you affect what you have your avatar do? The eponymous paradox that Nick Yee explores is how this connection flows both ways. Yee, now a researcher at Ubisoft, spent years doing research on MMO players. This book draws deeply from his well of quotations, surveys, and interviews with gamers in that genre, as well as some of the very cool research he did in the virtual reality labs of Stanford University. The book represents the culmination of Yee’s understanding about how avatars in MMOs and virtual affect and are affected by us. There are chapters on superstitions in games, how real-world habits subtly affect our behavior online, romances born out of MMO guild raids, how our attitudes towards (supposedly) Chinese gold farmers drive race relations in games, and how our avatar’s appearance affects our state of mind. The book is almost exclusively about MMOs, but I found that many of the lessons can easily apply to other genres of games.
Okay, this one is kind of a cheat since Hooked isn’t necessarily about video games. More generally it presents a model of habit formation and discusses how to use that model to create habit-forming products of all kinds. But the authors do repeatedly discuss how this applies to games, including mobile games and web games, as well as tools that we all use like Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and the like. And it’s not as nefarious as it sounds. Eyal and Hoover do a good job of explaining the basic psychology behind habit formation and how the features of these products and games hook into that cycle of trigger, action, reward, and investment. It’s easy to see how each of these steps applies to at least some video games –especially mobile games that are meant to be played in short, frequent bursts. It’s full of observations that make you say “oh, yeah, that makes sense…” It’s also a short read that can easily be gotten through while on a flight or sitting around the pool. If that matters.How many calories in beef tips? What are hydraulics powered by? What does += mean in python? What are the tips and tricks in trying to get pregnant? Which is the latin root meaning of light? What is the meaning of low impact exercise? How to turn off an iphone? How to upgrade oppressor mk2? What is mis-c? Tips on how to move chils to a toddler bed feom crib? What does it mean to be rick rolled? How to see spotify wrapped? What is viscosity mean? How to make rice pudding? What do the hearts mean on snapchat? How to pose for pictures? How to get pokemon cards graded? How to cancel an app subscription? What does the senate sergeant at arms do? What are the spare stylus tips for on note 8? How to remove a car battery? what is a random helper tools/forge What are the bones in the fingers called? What does a gray arrow mean on snapchat? How to snorkel? Where to buy heel tips australia? What is the meaning of genie in a bottle? How to cut your own hair? How to buy iphone storage? What is the meaning of gird? What are the 9 tips for growing a successful business? How to get high without weed? How was gerry standing written out of new tricks? what does a helper do on a server minevcraft how to find ip helper who sings mother's little helper How to slide in fortnite? What does qa mean? How do you clean small spray tips for a pull sprayer? What does it mean to be racist? How to watch premier league in usa? What does dead mean? How to say hi in korean? What is a libra? How to update chromebook? What does the word christ mean? What does esq mean after a name? How to light charcoal? What foods are high in folic acid? What does punta cana mean? What is durfing? How to do finger tricks with a pencil? What is implied meaning? Performance about a man dancing and a woman who do cool tricks on stage for a child audience? What does mi vida mean? Movie where lady tricks man to thinking they are married? What is bluff in magoc tricks? How to draw a person? Tips when buying your first gun? What are nitrile gloves? How to get rid of blue balls? What is the meaning of an idiom? How to delete your youtube channel? How big is the moon compared to the earth? What does swift mean for russia? What does improvise mean? What are incentives? What does praxis mean? What time does the impeachment trial start on friday? What does suegra mean in spanish? What are normal oxygen levels? What are tips fslumping? What is the meaning of ohana? What does a creampie feel like? What does treesh mean? How to read coordinates? What do the numbers on spray tips mean? What is the meaning of bedridden? How to make google do tricks? How to become a teacher? What is the most? What causes the tips of fingers to go numb? What player has the most gordie howe hat tricks? How to do david blaine tricks? What is procurement mean? How to access dark web? What does house steak tips? How to download movies on iphone? Tips for non-white men who want to date white women return of kings? What is the meaning of the term “null hypothesis” in statistics.? What does pink discharge mean? What time does the seahawks game start? How to die without pain? What does smg mean? How to play dominos? Remember when ypu told me the mind plays tricks on your brain? What is the meaning of burst? What does gn stand for? How to add background in zoom?