Checkpoint Podcast

Video Game Psychology 102

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Meagan Stearn

Meagan Stearn
Video and tabletop game lover. Canonically bi. Has way too many hobbies for her own good.

Morgan Archer

Morgan Archer
Having arguments in 140 characters or less since 2010

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan
This is Tom. See Tom game. Game Tom, game! A confirmed bachelor with a confirmed Bachelor degree, he spends his time critically scrutinising the hard work of others. His turn offs include people, places and things!


This week, we are once again in session with our resident psychologist Mary-Beth, as Archer, Meags, Tom and Jakob are on board to discuss reward systems in video games. There’s certianly all kinds of different reasons why people play video games, whether it be for the storyline, for the friends you will form or just pure enjoyment of a game type. But why are some games more enjoyable than others? What keeps you playing certain games even if you’re basically done with them? The team breaks it down and talks about what makes gaming so obsessive and how reward systems are created in a tactic to keep people playing over and over and over again! Also on the show this week, Jakob delivers his verdict on The Technomancer and Luke has fallen in love with the gorgeous action RPG Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. It’s all here in another fun episode of your favourite gaming show! PyschologyTechnoSphere