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IN Science & Technology ON 16 Nov, 2016
Addiction can be a dangerous thing. They say that excess of everything is bad. When one gets addicted to a thing, one just can't have enough of it. Wikipedia defines addiction "as a medical condition characterised by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences." So, basically, addiction essentially deals with repeated exposure to a thing that arouses a sense of desire. Now, a thing that arouses our desire may not necessary be an intoxicant. Yes, you read it correctly; one doesn't necessarily be a drug or an alcohol addict. For, a person can be addicted to shopping, food, work, sex, internet, gambling, music, movies, video games, and whatnot.
In today's technological age, gaming has become an essential part of the everyday life. Gamers can spend hours and hours on addictive games. According to a survey, the average time a gamer spends per week playing video games ranges between 8 to 10 hours. That's around 500 hours per year. The gamers may either spend this time on several fun addicting games, mastering one after the other or may either, or may spend months completely engrossed in some addicting game.
Video game addiction can be contagious. It spreads like wildfire. It is often rather late before we start taking cognizance of our addition to a particular video game. Losing one's sleep owing to video game addiction is quite common. Once we are addicted, we lose track of time. A game session that we started playing in the afternoon might go on endlessly until well past midnight. Or a game session which began in the evening can go on till the next morning. The time just flies by. Under the spell, we will continue to play the game till the very end, but the end just never comes. Once we are sucked into the digital world, the escape is impossible.
The internet is a pool of free addicting games and can be a real haven for the gamers. According to a study, the time that we spend on playing some of the most addicting games in the world is the time that can actually be utilised for much greater deeds. The multiplayer feature has made modern video games more interactive and real time. It has also made gaming more addictive in nature. Some of the games are never-ending. It is like an endless loop. There is always a new challenge that invariably keeps you hooked. In other words, you can never really beat the machine.
Ever wondered what makes these addictive games addictive? Do they involve major complexities to intimidate the user? Well, truth be told, these are the games that are quick to play and are easy to master. But then what is it that makes them tick? The catch is that even though these games are easy to tackle, it is quite difficult to score highly while playing them. Now, it is a human tendency to be fascinated by numbers. There is always this strong urge to try and create records and attain new heights.
Over the years we have seen dozens of great addictive games have kept us fascinated. It is impossible to forget about video games like Halo and Counter-Strike, among others. Today we have hundreds of awesome flash games but perhaps it is the Android games that are the most addictive of the lot. But at the end of the day, it is a matter of individualistic taste. After all, one man's meat is another man's poison. Without much ado, let's take a look at some of the most addictive video games ever. Mind it, these are the games never get old. These are the games that one never gets tired of playing.
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Call of Duty is one of the most popular first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Infinity Ward in the year 2003. Over the years it has evolved into a successful gaming franchise. Although the series started on Microsoft Windows, it was later expanded to various other platforms. Call of Duty has spawned several spinoffs in addition to the sequels as part of the Call of Duty series.
Halo: Combat Evolved, released in the year 2001, is the first game of the Halo franchise. It was released as a launch game for Xbox gaming system. Halo: Combat Evolved has been hailed as the best video games of all time and has over the years received numerous 'Game of the Year' awards, including those from IGN, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and Edge.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a popular action-adventure game, was developed by Nintendo. It was released in the years 1998 to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success globally. It was the fifth game in the 'The Legend of Zelda' series but the first with 3D graphics.
Mortal Kombat is a popular arcade fighting game developed in 1992 by Midway Games. Since its release, it developed into one of the most sought after video game franchises in the world that even inspired a film adaptation in the year 1995. Despite its widespread craze, the game has been on the receiving end of criticism for its extreme violence. But that hasn't stopped gamers from embracing this addictive video game.
Counter-Strike aka Half-Life: Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Valve Corporation. It was first released on the Microsoft Windows platform in 2000. Since then it has developed into a highly successful franchise across different platforms including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 consoles.
Red Dead Redemption, an open-world western action-adventure video game, was developed by Rockstar San Diego. It was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 in 2010. Red Dead Redemption is the second title in the Read Dead Franchise. The game has received commercial success as well as critical acclaim. It currently has a Metacritic score of 95 out of 100.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise revolving around the iconic character of Lara Croft. The action-adventure game, developed by Crystal Dynamics, was initially released for Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. Recently it has been released for PlayStation 4 as well.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, the second entry in the Street Fighter series, is a competitive fighting game released in the year 1991. The video game is said to have started the trend of fighting games and is often hailed as one of the most influential video games ever.
Angry Birds is a popular video game, developed by Rovio Mobile, which was first released for iOS and Maemo devices in 2009. Since then the game has been made available for various other platforms such as Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, video game consoles, Blackberry 10, PCs, etc. A sequel was released in July 2015. The game has also inspired a 3D animated film 'The Angry Birds Movie' apart from several gaming spinoffs. In 2011, Angry Birds won "Best Game for Handheld Devices" Webby Awards. The same year it also won "Best Game App" and "App of the Year" UK Appy Awards apart from several other wins and nominations.
Dota 2 is the sequel to Defense of the Ancients aka DotA. Dota 2 falls in the category of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games and is played between two teams consisting of five players each, with both teams occupying a separate base on the map. Each of the players controls a hero and the team which is able to destroy the opposition team's base first with the help of their heroes is the winner. Dota 2 won IGN's People's Choice Award following its first public showing in 2011. In 2012, PC Gamer nominated Dota 2 for their Game of the Year award, as well as the best eSports title of the year. Following its official release in 2013, Dota 2 won the eSports of the year awards from PC Gamer and onGamers.