Explaining Gaming Addiction and How It’s All in Your Head

Metroidvanias.” I am powerless to resist the formula. Their drip feed of discovery, player progression, and map completion is a cocktail I happily indulge in. The obsession started with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and titles like Guacamelee! and even Bloodborne, in many ways, continue to feed it. It’s a formula that works on me.

Despite technology lapping itself many times over in the last few decades, gameplay hooks have remained essentially the same....

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