Podcast 91 – Avatars
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
3w ago
What do research and theory say about how our avatars in video games and virtual reality may shape our behaviors –and how they don’t? Are you one of my suave and sophisticated Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Listen On Your Preferred Device: Listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts Listen or subscribe on Spotify Listen or subscribe on Stitcher Or just search for “Psychology of Games” in whatever you us ..read more
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Podcast 90 – ADHD and Gaming
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
2M ago
In this episode I talk with an expert on diagnosing and treating ADHD in children. We’ll talk about the challenges video games present to people with ADHD and some strategies for dealing with problems it may present. Are you one of my suave and sophisticated Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! This episode’s guest expert, Dr. Gilly Kahn Links: Website for Dr. Kahn’s practice at Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta Dr. Kahn’s Instagram Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creati ..read more
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Podcast 89 – In-Game Purchases and Virtual Currency
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
3M ago
In-game purchases are a staple of modern game design, especially in the free-to-play and live service categories. Which isn’t necessarily bad as a business model, but there are some psychological effects that these games either intentionally or accidentally employ that may make us spend more than we intend to. Are you one of my suave and sophisticated Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Listen On Your P ..read more
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Podcast 88 – Dungeons & Dragons & Skills
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
4M ago
Sometimes we have to sell people on the merits of games like Dungeons & Dragons. People like parents, principals, teachers, or even our own significant others Usually this comes in the form of telling them all the great benefits playing brings –learning math, reading, communication, teamwork, social skills, and more. D&D is also often specifically praised for its ability to help neurodivergent people develop needed skills, or to provide “therapeutic” experiences for anyone. But can it? Does it? If so, what can game masters and other players do to make it happen? These are the questions ..read more
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Podcast 87 – How Do We Get Immersed in Game Worlds?
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
5M ago
Is technology or game design more important for determining whether we feel immersed and present in the world of a video game? What kinds of things will make us forget about the screen between us and that world, the controller in our hands, and the other things around us so that we start to feel like we’re actually inhabiting the virtual world of the game? These are the questions we will explore in this episode. Are you one of my deeply immersed Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation ..read more
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Podcast 86 – The Psychology of Role-Playing
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
6M ago
Sometimes games encourage us to role-play as another person, pretending to take on their persona, their point of view, thoughts, their motivations, and their state of mind. In tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, this role-playing is the central point of the game, or nearly so. At some point and with some degree of drama, we will affect an accent, mime mannerisms, and emote our character’s reactions. Video games also often ask us to role-play, though it’s usually around adopting character motivations and morals –unless you’re getting into things on a MMO’s role-play server ..read more
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Podcast 85 – The Psychology of Loot and the Diablo Series
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
8M ago
In this episode, I talk about how the psychology of loot drops helped shape the evolution of the Diablo series. Are you one of my legendary Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Listen on Your Preferred Device Listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts Listen or subscribe on Spotify Listen or subscribe on Stitcher Or just search for “Psychology of Games” in whatever you use to listen to podcasts All previous po ..read more
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Podcast 84 – Games and Moral Reasoning
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
9M ago
As I’ve said before, you probably don’t need me to tell you that video games sometimes attract a bad reputation. For causing violent behavior, for causing compulsive play, for rotting your brain when you could be doing more productive things. One of these areas where games might have gotten a bad rap is around moral development and moral reasoning. That is, I’ve heard the criticism that games –and movies, and television et cetera– corrupt youths’ morals by exposing them to situations and characters that are either clearly morally bad, or at best too morally complex for kids to understand and r ..read more
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Podcast 83 – Gaming Motivation and Grinding
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
11M ago
In this episode, I talk about some of the research on gaming motivations. Why are we motivated to keep playing games, sometimes even doing the same thing over and over again? Are you one of my suave and sophisticated Patreon supporters? If so, you get an ad-free version of this and all other podcasts. Check your secret Patreon feed! Audio Credits: “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Listen on Your Preferred Device Listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts Listen or subscribe on Spotify Listen or subscribe on Stitcher Or just search for “P ..read more
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Podcast 82 – Therapy with Dungeons & Dragons
The Psychology of Video Games by Jamie Madigan
by Jamie Madigan
1y ago
There’s a growing trend among therapists who bring people together –often children, but sometimes adults– to play Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games in a therapeutic context. Run by game masters who are qualified mental health professionals, these sessions help people dealing with ADHD, autism, learning disorders, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other diagnoses. Using their expertise both in the game and in providing therapy, these dungeon masters set goals, guide players into encounters that help them reach those goals, and then pause so that the ..read more
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