Why do video games feel better than normal life?

June 26


In a game, you’re constantly unlocking benefits and upgrades, or at least getting a clear message that you’ve done something right. How often does this happen in real life? I think this is why people get obsessed with money, because money is a quantitative reward that’s at least sort of related to the quality of your actions.

Finally, I don’t see any way to get over the fact that games are much easier. How long does it take, in a game, before you understand how stuff works and you feel like you know what you’re doing? Minutes for an easy game, and maybe a few weeks for a hard game. In life, even after decades, you’re still unlocking new levels of your own incompetence.