Game Layer Warning: Enter At Your Own Risk

Gaming addictions are not as devastating as addictions to food or alcohol, but it is an addiction, all the same. Yet, that isn’t stopping one popular game company from selling the addictiveness of their game right in their copy.

Play this game with both your Droid or iPhone/iPad-toting friends. Experience for yourself why millions are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.

Seth Schiesel of The New York Times, shares some interesting narratives about addictions to gaming in his latest piece. One woman’s mom became so enthralled with playing YoVille on Facebook that she begins to complain to her daughter that her daughter’s virtual apartment in YoVille is a mess and how she needs to log in more and decorate it.

Another story from Schiesel details how one friend can only be reached via the chat function on Words With Friends. “She always has at least a dozen Words games going, and she now uses the chat window in each game as her primary real-time link with the world,” he reports.

If I was a shrink, I’d ask you dear reader, “How does this make you feel?” But I am not a shrink, I’m a writer who loses himself in finely woven text. I want to judge, but I guess we all need a place to go in our minds, and games provide this partially real, mostly made up world.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.