In this TED Talk video entitled, 7 ways games reward the brain, Tom Chatfield talks about the characteristics of video games which have the “ power to motivate and compel us and transfix us like nothing else.”
Statistics show that the game industry was worth 10 billion dollars in 1990. That number has significantly increased to 50 billion dollars globally today. In addition, today people spend about 8 billion dollars buying virtual items that only exist inside video games.
Tom Chatfield’s discussion explores why this is occurring, and what we can learn about learning from games. Rewards, particularly the emotional rewards play a large part in the motivation to succeed in games. The simple psychology behind it is that people want to succeed, but they also derive pleasure from success. Games are made engaging by a combination of probability and rewards, and reward schedules are visible for players in order to hook them further into the game they are playing.