I just started playing Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire this week and it has got me thinking a lot about my playing habits and why I play some games.
I don’t regret my (huge) amount of time in Destiny or all the time spent in Overwatch trying to get more lootboxes but I cant help but feel like these kinda games are rewiring me in a way that isn’t great, Maybe making me more prone to playing games not because I really enjoy them but just because I’m chasing that high. And then when you look at all the idle games which just seem hyper-focused on exploiting all of our psychological weaknesses it leaves me feeling kinda icky. I feel like this hasn’t been how I always played games but now I’m finding it harder and harder to getting games if they don’t have some form of persistent progression.
I definitely still totally enjoy shorter more story-focused experiences like Gone Home or Journey but more often than not I feel like if I cant collect something I’m not gonna be very into it.
Is this a valid concern? Is just deleting a clicker off your phone when you get bored enough or could this kind of thing have any long term effects? How do you cope when you are feeling that you might have lost your way in certain games and aren’t playing in a way that makes you happy?