Maybe you hoard books or collect every piece of movie memorabilia, but it's video game addiction that really takes the cake. Some games are deliberately designed to get players hooked and keep them playing by encouraging them to spend more time and money to unlock that next loot box or upgrade.
Video games designed to get you habitually playing often start with a simple premise: fun. Few players will keep playing a game if they're not getting some kind of enjoyment out of it, and the best way to lure new players in is to promise a healthy dose of fun up front. The way video games trigger addiction is by following that up with little tricks that make players want to shell out more time and money. It's not that you shouldn't play these games - most of them are as popular for their addictive qualities as for their fun gameplay - but it doesn't hurt to understand how and why these games get and hold your attention.
Games Fill Your Time With Meaningless Grinding To Keep Your Subscription MoneyPhoto: World of Warcraft / Blizzard Entertainment
Some Games Allow You To Skip Tedious Grinding By PayingPhoto: InnoGames
Padding Games With Collectibles Makes You Invest More TimePhoto: BioWare
Achievements Encourage You To Sink More Time Into A GamePhoto: Blizzard Entertainment
Limiting Your Playtime Unless You Pay Encourages Players To Spend MoneyPhoto: Failbetter Games
Open-Ended Gameplay Means There's Never A Quitting TimePhoto: Blizzard Entertainment