Why does Digital Recreation Stimulate the Brain?
The goal of video games is to entertain the player while giving them a goal or a mission to accomplish. The games challenge the player and aim to give you small successes as you progress to keep you interested and wanting to play longer.
The success you experience while playing these games drives so many people to play for hours at a time, eventually becoming addicted. There are a variety of reasons why our minds get so stimulated by these games. We’ll discuss a few of the most common in this article:
Gaining the High Score
Everyone wants to be the best. Beating the high score in a game, or even a single level in a much larger game gives many of us huge satisfaction.
People will spend hours playing the same level over and over to learn the movements and actions that one must take to get the highest possible score. Some get so addicted to the thought of being on top that they spend the entire day, 24 hours straight, rerunning the same level.
Finishing Tough Missions
Most games have many levels. The more levels a game has, the longer it can keep a player going. Some games even build and upload new levels on a daily basis to keep you coming back day after day.
The need to complete a level and see where you scored on it is highly addictive. The mission completion factor works especially well when you have a chance to win something to upgrade your avatar upon completion.
Another highly addictive factor is the role-playing factor. The idea of escaping into a digital world where you can design yourself however you wish is quite interesting for many people. Some people will spend hours customizing their avatar to make them look exactly how they want them to look.
While fantasy is a form of healthy creativity, addiction to a game can cause it to become dangerous. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be something more than who you are, it is much healthier to strive to improve yourself rather than lose yourself in an avatar.
Building relationships with other characters (people) keep people involved in a game much longer than they planned as well. This factor is especially relevant to people who find it difficult to approach new people and make friends.
The online world feels much safer because nobody there knows who you are. You can pretend to be anyone you like, the same as the role-playing factor.
Who remembers Crash Bandicoot Warped? If you were born before the 21st century, you’ll know that there are two ways to ‘complete’ the game. You can collect the crystals in every level and defeat Doctor Cortex. That completion is what people like me would call the ‘sad victory’.
Those of us who live for total completion would go back through the entire game collecting all the gems and re-defeating Doctor Cortex for the second time. Now, if you’re completely insane, like me, you will also feel challenged to go back and get every platinum time trial medal as well. By the time you’re done with everything in the game, it’s been a month of playing several hours every day. (Depending on how lenient your parents were)
My point is that some of us can get addicted to a game because of the challenge it represents. Being known as one of the few people who collected every single item, secret, and so on in the game is what keeps us coming back.
These are just a few of the reasons that digital recreation stimulates our brains to the point where we would rather be doing that than anything else!