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September 16th, 2009, 10:45
Originally Posted by wolfgrimdark View Post
What is the point of wanting better loot, to get to higher levels and harder mobs and more difficult areas, if you are not enjoying the actual game play in the first place? He said he was addicted to getting gear but it seems pointless to do that if you aren't having fun in the first place.
It's called ego building and this mental mechanic is derived not from video games but from our conditioning in society for more, more and more.. The ego isn't concerned with enjoyment. Even though it's just a game, it can still temporarily satisfy the ego's desire for building a sense of self out of digital equipment and also the pursuit of more stuffs.

If you want to learn more, read Echkart Tolle's book (or get the audiobook) "The Power of Now." Blizzard and many other game companies put elements into their games to specifically target the mind's desire for a personal history story (achievements), possessions to identify with and also a way to pursue it in an obsessive and compulsive way. Games that adhere to these principles successfully can make a lot of money.
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