ARTICLE SUMMARY: Who doesn’t like the challenge of online gaming. Some of us spend hours upon hours in front of our computers trying to “beat” the game or some online opponent.

For some of us it’s something we may do on the weekends only or for a little while at the end of the day. For others it has turned into an addiction, an addiction that has cost us our higher education, our jobs and who knows what else.

Game design: dark patterns that keep you hooked” takes an in-depth look at how some unscrupulous designers use dark patterns to keep us coming back for more. This article looks at some of the ways players get sucked in by designers using

  • Temporal dark patterns
  • Monetary dark patterns
  • Social dark patterns

While game design often involves creating engaging experiences to keep players hooked and entertained, the use of “dark patterns” in game design has raised ethical concerns.

The goal of this article is to help you make more informed decisions about how you spend your time and keep you from getting sucked into the vortex of games’ dark patterns. This article will help to promote manipulation literacy so you are aware of such deceptive techniques and avoid their pitfalls.

It is important for game designers to consider the ethical implications of their design choices and prioritize the well-being of players. Responsible game design focuses on creating enjoyable and balanced experiences without resorting to manipulative tactics that exploit users.

For those of you who find yourself caught up in this addiction there is help you can find online in your area.

This is a great article for designers and gamers alike.

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