hehe, you like the term strawman.
If the term fits it should be used, should it not?
(I also somewhat dislike when people constantly/near constantly use logical fallacies to try and convince someone of something or to prove a point)
There is a reason why you have not heard about most of these studies - because they tend to be discredited as soon as they pop up, and they pop up all the time. they all are misconstrued and have a strong sample bias. in a nutshell - there are people with addictive personalities out there, put them in front of a game, and they get addicted. put them in front of a tv, and they get addicted. put them in front of a game with achievements? ??? we have a perfectly good study here!
That doesn't disprove what I said, though....also achievements offer much less "return" for that possible chance of addiction(They don't usually add much to the cultural commons or improve gameplay much, etc).
A person who get addicted to achievements, is the same person how get addicted to gaming and anything else. this is not reflected in these studies. 95% of the population are fine
, and there are no such thing as achievement addicting.... or gaming addiction
... achievements does not change or brain, or effect our brain, anything more or less than anything else that gives us an endorphin kick, be it achievements, climbing a wall, patting a dog and so on.
On the bolded bits: You can say such if you want, but for obvious reasons I choose to remain skeptical on them unless you have proof to back such claims up.
(Some "evidence" to back up my side, albeit slightly anecdotal as I don't have any links atm: All the gamers who obsess over getting every achievement or who play for 20+ hours in a row and foresake food/other things in the meantime.)
the big strawman here is your use of the "addiction" to talk about achievements.
It's because they ARE addictive, same as randomized lootboxes and other mechanics devs and publishers added to new games....or do you truly think they did it to be nice to gamers?
in terms of games, it is like saying I am addicted to music in a game, yes the game works without it, and it tells a good story, so gOg should perfectly sell games without sound. Or color.... or ability map keys.... I never map keys, so it is pointless and people who complain about it should be happy they get a DRM free game.
You're honestly comparing game features with more worth and use to gamers and value to the the collective culture to silly pics and text that tell people they've done something of note in a game? Really? *Starts laughing uncontrollably*
there is also studies that shows that people get addicted to tweaking and tinkering and modding, so it is probably a good idea to not have that opportunity. it is for their own good.
A poor comparison(as often such things add value to their lives in some way or provide them with some benefit beyond the positive reinforcement that achievements/etc give), but anything
can be done to excess and should be discouraged if need be.
(Eating, playing games or using the net, etc)
and then you put yourself as a judge about what does or does not "provide some worth to our collective culture"... elitist much?
And if I may be so bold: you seem to be bothered more so than necessary over a random person stating their opinion on game fluff added by game makers to prey on people's addictive personality traits to make more money(also a bit odd, imo, considering how the userbase here usually feels about DRM/Lootboxes/microtransactions/etc)
(Yes, I am in a bad mood today)>
It happens to the best of us....thanks for being civil when replying, at any rate, and I hope you feel better later on. :)
============================================================================= All the above aside, I only said all of it to make a point/share my stance on achievements a bit(and expand on what I said earlier).....not to nag too much on those who like achievements or make it my primary motivation for saying such(or to "lord it over" those who like them), but to just state my stance and explain it.
Also I am done with this topic for now(beyond replying to any replies you make), and will leave it at that for the most part.