Book Review: Getting Gamers

Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play ThemGetting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them by Jamie Madigan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

An entire book dedicated to the unironic, dual-fisted, fellatiatory appreciation of how modern developers use dirty little social psych tricks to screw their target demographics out of microtransaction money.

I gave it a pity star for all the shout-outs to classic psychology experiments, but the narrator was insufferable. As if the sycophancy wasn’t bad enough, he tried to wrap everything in cute little jokes. You know when your professor would just absolutely bomb a joke, but there were a few kids who forced the laugh just to defuse the awkwardness? A whole book of that, congratulating Epic Games for marketing Vbucks to children.

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