66 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
    • 4.6 • 16 Ratings

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

    Episode 66 - Procedural Rhetoric

    Episode 66 - Procedural Rhetoric

    When games have a message that they try to convey through systems and gameplay, do players listen? Do they hear what the designers expect? Does anything tend to change as a result?

    Audio Credits:

    “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Polish_Ambassador/Diplomatic_Immunity/05_Robot_Motivation

    Satisfactory Dev Highlight Music by Sleeper's Delight https://soundcloud.com/sleepersdelight/satisfactory-dev-highlight-music

    • 56 min
    Episode 65 - Psych of Final Fantasy

    Episode 65 - Psych of Final Fantasy

    I talk with authors of the new book Surpassing The Limit Break: The Psychology of Final Fantasy. About, well, THAT. Topics like the psychology behind Final Fantasy's storytelling, its use of gender subtypes, how its music enhances our enjoyment, how we develop attachments to characters, and how the game makes use of fundamental psychological drives.

    Audio Credits:

    “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    Gymnopedie No. 1 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3837-gymnopedie-no-1 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 64 - How Can Video Games Make Us Happy?

    Episode 64 - How Can Video Games Make Us Happy?

    Video games sometimes have an image problem. Honestly some days it feels like one black eye after another. But, let's not lose sight of the good stuff. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that video games help people and make our lives better. They create scaffolds on which we can build social support. They motivate us to improve. They get us into healthy mindsets around problem-solving, developing new skills, and cooperating with others. And a lot more. In this episode, I talk with my guest expert Dr. Ryan Kelly about the overlap between video games and positive psychology.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 63 - Loss Aversion

    Episode 63 - Loss Aversion

    Loss aversion refers to the fact that we feel more pain from a loss than we do pleasure from an equivalent gain. Losses are worse than gains are good. Most of the time game designers want to avoid triggering this feeling, but not always. I talk with my guest expert this episode about how game designers can incorporate --or not-- loss aversion into their game design. In fact, he wrote a book about it!

    Audio Credits:

    “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    Despair Creation by Max Lija, Othercide OST (https://www.maxlilja.com/)

    • 59 min
    Episode 62 - The Psychology of Trolling

    Episode 62 - The Psychology of Trolling

    Why do people troll other players in video games? Do they get something out of it or are they just "broken"? A lot of us like to think the latter, but some researchers are starting to investigate exactly why people troll in video games and in general.

    Links:

    https://twitter.com/christinelcookl
    https://socialinteractionlab.com/
    Audio Credits:

    “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    Hitman by Kevin MacLeod. Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3880-hitman License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    Children Laughing Sound by Mike Koenig http://soundbible.com/1848-Children-Laughing.html

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 61: Twitch Donations

    Episode 61: Twitch Donations

    What kind of relationships exist between Twitch streamers and their audience members?

    How is it different from other kinds of online relationships? And why do people offer monetary support to streamers? Why do some streamers get more donations than others? Is it because they're super hot? Do they do a good job of making lonely people feel included? Do they do something to make their audience members feel like they're just two friends hanging out online? Put another way: If you were a Twitch streamer, what lessons could you draw from the research that has been done about all this?

    These are the kinds of questions that I will investigate and answer with the help of this episode's guest expert.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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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