55 episodes

Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.

Psychology of Video Games Podcast Jamie Madigan

    • Video Games

Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.

    Podcast 55 - Psychology of Level Design

    Podcast 55 - Psychology of Level Design

    What are some of the ways that video game level designers look to psychology for helping players can navigate, move through, and make sense of their virtual worlds?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Podcast 54 - Sexualization in Games

    Podcast 54 - Sexualization in Games

    Should you expect playing as a sexually objectified avatar like Lara Croft to impact women's attitudes towards their own bodies or to create other harmful attitudes? My guests this episode engaged in what they called "adversarial collaboration" to run a study and find out. One didn't think they would find an effect from playing as Mrs. Croft. The other did. Find out who was right.

    • 49 min
    Podcast 53 - Online Relationships (Rebroadcast)

    Podcast 53 - Online Relationships (Rebroadcast)

    Are friendships and other relationships formed in online games substitutes for offline relationships? Are they better?

    • 54 min
    Podcast 52 - Being Indistractable

    Podcast 52 - Being Indistractable

    Welcome to part two of this two part miniseries on Psychology of Games summer reading. In this episode I talk with author and consultant Nir Eyal about how to use psychology and other methods to avoid being distracted by video games and other technology when you don't want to be. It's all in his new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, available now.

    Nir discusses the psychology behind distraction and its opposite, which he calls "traction." Along with this, we talk about specific strategies for getting more traction and when it's okay to be distracted by video games, social media, and other technology.

    • 58 min
    Podcast 51: Lost in a Good Game

    Podcast 51: Lost in a Good Game

    Psychology of Games Summer Book Club begins with an interview with Dr. Pete Etchells, author of the newly released Lost in a Good Game.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Podcast 50 - Moral Choices in Games vs. Other Media

    Podcast 50 - Moral Choices in Games vs. Other Media

    My guest experts and I discuss how moral choices in video games are different from other media and what makes them so difficult. We also discuss some of our favorite and most compelling choices from games.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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