Most Addicting Games

Most Addicting Games

Authored by Pin Ng PhD

Edited by Hugh Soames

Reviewed by Michael Por, MD

Most Addicting Games

The most addicting games are those that keep you hooked. Video game creators no longer design games that you can easily walk away from; they tailor their games for specific population groups so that you become addicted and spend as much money as possible.

Video games make players feel better because they provide a social connection with other online players as well as giving the gamer an escape from reality. Video games also make the player feel confident as they witness themselves growing and being challenged.

Video game addiction, also known as gaming disorder or internet gaming disorder is the compulsive use of video games that impairs the player’s ability to function in real life over a period of time.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6678059/ These are the top ten most addicting games.

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10 most addicting games

The ten most addicting games:

 

  • Fortnite is a game of survival where one hundred players fight against one another with the aim of being the last player standing. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, reminding some of the Hunger Games. Video gamers like it because it requires strategic thinking in order to survive.

 

  • League of Legends is a team-based strategy game where two teams of five players each attempt to destroy each other’s base. Players make epic plays, secure kills, and take down towers on their way to victory.

 

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a multiplayer battle royale game where you compete against up to one hundred other players in a large map. Gamers hunt for weapons, clothes, and medical aids that are scattered across the map and battle it out with other players they encounter.

 

  • World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMRPG) where players level up their character as they work together with other players to take down world bosses, clear dungeons, or battle other players. You can also role-play different scenarios, craft items, or take part in the barter system. WOW also offers player-versus-player.

 

  • Minecraft is a non-violent game that teaches kids programming skills, problem-solving, and fosters “out of the box” thinking and creativity. Gamers can choose between survival mode or creative mode. Many parents like the fact that their children learn concepts like math, physics, and geometry while they’re playing.

 

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers easy gameplay and exploration to even the most inexperienced gamers. The story revolves around the player’s character, the Dragonborn, in their quest to defeat Alduin the world-eater, a dragon intent on destroying the world. It offers psychological rewards and payouts that keep the gamer addicted.

 

  • Clash of Clans is a strategy game where gamers attempt to beat other players and be part of a winning clan. You can customize your village, build an army, and crush your opponents. Players have the ability to advertise their clan to get more members.

 

  • Path of Exile is an online RPG game that features a strong online economy, character customization, competitive PvP, and ladder races. This is one of the few games that is completely free to play and financed by “ethical micro-transactions”.

 

  • PokemonGO is an augmented reality (AR) game that combines gaming with the real world. It uses location tracking and mapping technology to create an AR where gamers catch and train Pokemon characters in real locations.

 

  • Valorant is a 5v5 character-based tactical FPS that is highly competitive and similar to CounterStrike. Traditional tactical shooter gameplay is expanded with unique character skills allowing skilled players to shine.

What is video game addiction?

Video game addiction is the compulsive or uncontrolled use of video games, which leads to problems in other areas of the video gamer’s life. The main reason why video games are so addictive is because they are designed to keep the gamer coming back for more play time. By keeping the game challenging enough for the gamer to feel successful, video game designers ensure that the player never gives up because there’s always one more level to complete or a high score to beat. Online gamers also develop friendships or relationships with gamers from around the world and will focus their time and attention on these relationships instead of the people that surround them in real life.

Video game addiction is characterized by the incessant need to play more and more in order to feel good. Not playing or being forced to spend less time playing makes the addicted video gamer feel awful and experience symptoms of gaming withdrawal.2https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-019-4862-3 People who are addicted to video games will stop doing other things that they used to enjoy doing and might experience problems at work, school, or home because of their gaming habit.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), video game addiction is a mental health disorder but some studies that have been published online actually say that playing video games up to four hours per day can actually benefit your mental health. It’s really up to you to determine if the quality of your life or your child’s life has been negatively impacted by these addicting games.

Is your child addicted to video games?

Does your child talk about their favorite video game incessantly? Do they sit and play for hours on end without taking a break? Do they get defensive when you try to talk to them about their excessive gaming habit or have a temper tantrum when you take away their games? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s pretty likely your child is addicted to video games.

Playing too many computer games can not only cause physical damage to your child but it may also increase feelings of anxiety and depression. Children who are addicted to video games tend to have higher heart rates and blood pressure due to high levels of stress and excitement when they’re playing.3https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0240032

The consequences of video game addiction to the most addicting games include:

 

  • Wrist, neck, and elbow pain
  • Blisters on the fingers
  • Calluses
  • Sleep disorders
  • Obesity
  • Weakness or numbness in the hands
  • Blood clots

 

While the thought of having a video game addiction might seem crazy to some, people who struggle with video game addiction find it impossible to put down the video games. Addiction to video games can be an isolating and destructive experience, and one which may usually require some inpatient treatment in a dedicated and professional environment such as Villa Paradiso Spain.

Antonius van Rooij talks Videogame Addiction

References: Most Addicting Games

  1. World Health Organization Gaming Disorder – What are gaming disorder? 2018. Available: https://www.who.int/features/qa/gaming-disorder
  2. China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) The 42nd statistical report on the development of China’s Internet, 2018. Available: http://www.cnnic.net.cn/hlwfzyj/hlwxzbg/hlwtjbg/201808/t20180820_70488.htm
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The most addicting games are those that keep you hooked. Video game creators no longer design games that you can easily walk away from; they tailor their games for specific population groups so that you become addicted and spend as much money as possible. Video games make players feel better because they provide a social connection with other online players as well as giving the gamer an escape from reality. Video games also make the player feel confident as they witness themselves growing and being challenged.
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