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Video Games That Subtly Trick You

Updated 5 Dec 2018 1.2k votes 260 voters 24.1k views11 items

List RulesVote up the tricks that you're now realizing have been fooling you for years.

Behind the scenes, your favorite video game is probably playing you. The smartest game developers know exactly what makes us tick and use that to insure that we stay locked into their games for as long as possible. While games need to be fun, there are also a host of psychological tricks video games use to keep players in front of the screen. 

Some games scatter hidden collectibles all across their worlds, whereas others include secret alternative paths for players who enjoy seeing how much they can cheat the system. Then there are free-to-play games, which take psychological manipulation to new heights so that players spend real money on digital goodies. When you think back on the best video games, chances are you'll recognize a few of the tricks developers used to keep you playing.

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