77 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

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

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

    Podcast 77 - The Psychology of Fandom

    Podcast 77 - The Psychology of Fandom

    Why are fans so ready to get in fights over their preferred game properties or gaming consoles ?

    • 26 min
    Podcast 76 - VR Therapy

    Podcast 76 - VR Therapy

    Could a commercial VR game you're playing be used for therapy? What should therapists and their patients know about VR and related technologies being used in therapy?

    • 53 min
    Podcast 75 - Cheating in Video Games

    Podcast 75 - Cheating in Video Games

    What's the psychology behind when and why people cheat? What can we apply from that research to cheating in video games? Find out in this lecture I recently gave on the topic.

    • 55 min
    Podcast 74 - 1.5-Sided Parasocial Relationships

    Podcast 74 - 1.5-Sided Parasocial Relationships

    My guests and I talk about how platforms like Twitch are changing how researchers think about parasocial relationships. Is it only one-sided when there's audience interaction?

    • 52 min
    Podcast 73 - Toxic Behavior

    Podcast 73 - Toxic Behavior

    Why do gamers sometimes engage in toxic behavior and what psychology can developers leverage to curb it?

    • 52 min
    Podcast 72 - Esports Medicine

    Podcast 72 - Esports Medicine

    My guest and I discuss how a physician can specialize in caring for the mental and physical health of professional gamers. Lindsey Migliore, MD is one of the foremost experts In esports medicine, trusted by the leading esports organizations and industry leaders. Through her work as GamerDoc, she applies scientific principles to the field of competitive gaming to definitively improve performance and expand the life span of the esports athlete. Her handbook of esports medicine, the first of its kind, was published in 2021 by Springer Medical. She is currently the Director of Player Performance at Evil Geniuses.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Kpditto ,

Brilliant

It took me 1 episode to get me hooked
Brilliant very informative
Would recommend this to a friend

Averag3 Joe ,

Good insight to my hobby

Great podcast, produced well and progresses at a good pace. Too many podcasts meander with idle chit chat which waters down the enjoyment.

This podcast offers insight into the mechanisms and “tricks” used by developers in games we play.

I’m beginning my binge from episode 1...

Ell22222 ,

Not just for psychologists!

In university here in the U.K., I studied Computer Games Design. As I specialised in game design and concept development, a large amount of my time was spent researching things like UX, engagement and motivation to better understand players and analyse game design as a science. I can say, without a doubt, finding this podcast was a godsend, and it became one of my most valuable resources. Whether it was just as background noise during game development, or a serious part of my research, the information and topics covered in this series are wonderfully educational and interesting to anyone who might have an interest in the psychological impact of games.

Now I've graduated and... I'm stuck in an office, taking on some cheap IT work just to save up money before I really kick-start my career. This podcast is STILL extremely useful to me as a method of retaining the knowledge of what I studied, and even giving me inspiration for games to create or to experiment with in my own time.

Whether you're a student, games developer, or just someone who finds this stuff cool, I cannot recommend this podcast enough. The insight of professionals and thoughtful discussions are great for stimulating ideas and helping to better understand how games can affect us in all sorts of ways through their psychological impact.

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