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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    It is basic gaming theory. Another example of games that uses similar mechanisms are RPGs.
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    Hogwash! I've never spent three straight weeks farming for some super-mega-uber-elite sword or armor.......or even boots......come on, where the hell is it!!!!!
    Damn right, Lutherf!
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Uh, no. Lots of people enjoy playing candy crush. It's none of my (or your) business what they choose to do with their free time.

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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    .this idea that any of them actually have a story line is complete bs. The only actual story line is "go here and kill these, get something, go there and kill those, get something, go ...." That's the entire story line, the stuff they all claim is story line, really doesn't change or effect the game at all except to give you a video clip to watch.
    Looks like someone's never played the Mass Effect series.
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    Looks like someone's never played the Mass Effect series.
    No, and due to my known addiction to rpg's, I'm willing to bet someone never will. That said, how is it different. Do you do something more than seek and find, and kill baddies?
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    No, and due to my known addiction to rpg's, I'm willing to bet someone never will. That said, how is it different. Do you do something more than seek and find, and kill baddies?
    Of course, combat is important in the game, especially since this one happens to be a shooter/RPG crossover. But the story is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating I've ever seen in a video game, and by the end of the series, I'd say it rivaled most of the movie plots I'd seen.

    This is an accurate explanation of the story arc, but it's also short enough that it won't take up too much of your time. Sorry about the delay, I read through several sites to make sure I got a good explanation.

    Is there a good synopsis of the plot of Mass Effect 1 & 2? - Arqade

    What's really unique to me about the Mass Effect series is that your decisions in previous games seriously impacts the events of the rest of the series. You can import save files from earlier installations of the game, and I strongly advise people to do so. Things get pretty damn grim if you don't.
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    Of course, combat is important in the game, especially since this one happens to be a shooter/RPG crossover. But the story is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating I've ever seen in a video game, and by the end of the series, I'd say it rivaled most of the movie plots I'd seen.

    This is an accurate explanation of the story arc, but it's also short enough that it won't take up too much of your time. Sorry about the delay, I read through several sites to make sure I got a good explanation.

    Is there a good synopsis of the plot of Mass Effect 1 & 2? - Arqade

    What's really unique to me about the Mass Effect series is that your decisions in previous games seriously impacts the events of the rest of the series. You can import save files from earlier installations of the game, and I strongly advise people to do so. Things get pretty damn grim if you don't.
    Sorry, but it sounds like the same-o same-o. Being able to transfer previous entities, skills, etc, don't change the game really into anything more than shooting and finding. That's it. Shoot 'em up, take their stuff, shoot more up and get the prize and take it to xperson who sends you to find something else where you have to shoot'em up on the way, shoot'em up when you get there, and find something.
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Sorry, but it sounds like the same-o same-o. Being able to transfer previous entities, skills, etc, don't change the game really into anything more than shooting and finding. That's it. Shoot 'em up, take their stuff, shoot more up and get the prize and take it to xperson who sends you to find something else where you have to shoot'em up on the way, shoot'em up when you get there, and find something.
    Your decisions in the game affects the fate of entire colonies, races, and civilizations. Your argument is invalid.
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    Your decisions in the game affects the fate of entire colonies, races, and civilizations. Your argument is invalid.
    Okay, hang on. Your quote didn't indicate that at all. I do recall now that my daughter has mentioned a new game she's playing wherein when you gain a status, like Mayor, you really have to do the mayoral stuff, it's not just a bs title that you carry as you do the shooting and finding. If that's what you're talking about, then that's more of a sim game with rpg overtones. I do think sim games are worthy.
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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    I don't addict that easily, except for sweets which I actively avoid but it never got to the point I was motivated to neglect myself or anything.
    I've seen several people fall into the WOW hole.

    Never really got it myself. Leveling treadmills annoy me to the point of not finishing games.

    And the overall point kinda ties into my hobby horse regarding persuasion science in our political discourse. The simple fact that people are exploiting "holes" in our hardware and software to influence our opinions and our behavior.

    Its not "mind control" but it is real.

    Does we want to see models like this game in children's programming? Or adult for that matter? "That show isn't even good. But I can't stop watching it..."
    Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
    The Psychology of Persuasion

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    Re: should games like this be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    This is what Candy Crush Saga does to your brain | Dana Smith | Science | theguardian.com

    Candy Crush is basically designed to exploit human neurochemical weaknesses.

    This is the sort of mechanism which fuels gambling addiction. As science and psychology becomes more sophisticated, more problems with how the human brain processes information will be revealed, opening the door for more ways to exploit that weakness.

    I personally view this as extremely unethical at best as it purposefully undermines free will. What is your take?
    Everything that we find pleasurable can be addicting for some people. We will not be able to ban all of it. Parents need to do their job and keep their kids occupied with more constructive activities and we need to teach how to resist the tendency to lose control and beome addicted.

    I'm not up on all the research, but my observation is that mentally healthy people with curiosity and the ability to learn and enjoy a variety of activities are less likely to become addicted. It is the people who were not given enough intellectual stimulation in their youth and the depressed who are most susceptible to obsession/addiction.

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