Video games were born to give us hours and hours of fun , and since their first games for arcade rooms, the addiction component was always present . It is part of the DNA of video games, from the moment in which their monetization was based on getting the player to drop in more and more coins to feel that adrenaline again. An effect that some generalist media have always used to generate different controversies .
However, far from the debate on the problems derived from an unhealthy management of video game consumption, it is undeniable that there are few more satisfying sensations in this hobby than finding ourselves a game that we cannot stop playing . That moment when we planned to stop playing several hours ago but we did not stop repeating “just one more come”.
It is difficult to make a small selection of those who managed to catch us the most, those who lived through the arcade era and had to scratch their pockets after ingenious formulas to convince our parents and grandparents to give us some coins to drop in the machine, they know exactly what that feeling is like. Games like Metal Slug or Cadillacs and Dinosaurs did not allow us to stop throwing coins until they managed to empty our pockets completely.
Fighting games like Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat , added the component of the pique with friends, in which we not only gambled the currency that we were throwing to challenge our rival, we gambled our prestige on the premises . But before them, classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Galaxian or Donkey Kong got such a hook from players that urban legends spoke of a shortage of 100 yen coins in Japan.
After the arcade era, the era of Internet cafes arrived , and with them a whole generation of PC games that managed to keep us engrossed for hours and hours while we talked loudly with our friends and rivals. Counter Strike, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 Arena , were some of the classics of shooting with which the hours flew.
To tell you about this effect and about some of the games that have managed to catch us the most in recent times, we made a special video in which we collected some of the most famous, the great MOBAs such as League of Legends or DOTA 2 , the endless universe of World of Warcraft or management games like Football Manager , they were among those that highlight then.
But that sensation of adrenaline and the instant need to feel it again has not disappeared over the years and the rise of the indie market has recovered genres such as roguelike , which take the concept of hooking to another level. Since they have given us hundreds of hours, sleepless nights and longer sessions than we would like to acknowledge, we wanted to collect some of those games that are simply a real vice .
List of 9 videos game are:
Loop Hero was famous for the level of addiction that it generated, it is a roguelite that mixes RPG components, with cards, resource management and construction of structures, being able to choose between different characters to face the bosses. The loot, the difficulty and its short game system mean that we cannot stop playing.
This is one of the newest viral phenomena, a simple presentation game with numerous objectives that encourage you to go as far as possible. The hours fly by, with an action that happens mostly automatically, we go from pressing the button to make cookies to a management that only makes us want more.
Diablo II Resurrected
Diablo II is back and it has done so with a very respectful remake of the original game, and although we could have included any game of the genre in this list, it was Diablo II that marked many of us when we discovered that stimulating feeling after opening chests and find new equipment for our character. An unsurpassed feeling.
Risk of Rain II
The first Risk of Rain already stood out for how addictive its roguelike action system became, but the second installment only manages to improve the formula, in a cooperative shooting game with up to four players, full of loot, bosses to face and a scalable difficulty, all the ingredients to not get hooked and not let go.
Slay of spire
Slay the Spire mixes some of the most addictive genres in its mechanics to achieve a solid and challenging game, in a card roguelike that leads us to build a deck choosing from hundreds of cards. A card game for one player that provides a rewarding and highly stimulating experience, keeping us inside from the beginning.
Super meat boy
Super Meat Boy arrived more than a decade ago with an original proposal of platforms in which each area that we must overcome is a challenge, the mechanics are simple and very effective: you try, you die, you are quickly reborn and you try again until you you get it. A cycle that keeps us trapped in a constant and very rewarding challenge.
Although Guitar Hero was the one that was a before and after, the reality is that all musical rhythmic games share this type of hook. While the music is playing, we will have to follow the beat making different icons fit in time with scalable levels of difficulty in which we do not stop looking for perfection.
Pokémon mixed the collectibles with the RPG, encouraging us both to complete the list of available creatures and to take them to the highest level to fight with them, two mechanics that were enhanced by the fact of being able to play it anywhere and share with our friends, a formula that continues to function perfectly after 25 years.
The role-playing and open world game of miHoYo has managed to drag countless players with a beautiful action and adventure game, with a simple entry for anyone who wants to try it, thanks to its free-to-play monetization, and a terribly addictive system common to all gacha, with the constant thrill of getting better characters.