Why Do We Do Chores in Video Games?

We whine about doing chores, yet we enjoy tending to our gardens in video games. Why is that?

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6 responses to “Why Do We Do Chores in Video Games?

  1. Actually, I have transferred all my gaming skills to the real world. As a result, my job performance improved.

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  2. What do you think?
    Games are (usually) voluntary; work and chores aren’t. Games also tend to provide predictable rewards, as they tend to be designed in ways that keep people coming back. Jobs, etc. tend to have quite a bit of unfairness in them, as they weren’t really designed to be fair or fun, but to make business owners/shareholders more money. That is IF a jobs was designed at all for the actual people who do them. Ian Bogost would say that it is because we aren’t treating chores/tasks seriously enough, that they aren’t fun. His video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78rPt0RsosQ

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  3. For XP so we can advance the plot? For the happy little chime when we do something well? Hm, I think you just gave me an idea for a post… 🙂

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  4. When tending my garden gives me rupees, then I’ll enjoy IRL chores 🙂

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  5. We get rewarded for doing chores in video games (most of the time) so there is more incentive to complete them. 😉

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  6. This isn’t always true. I hear that a lot of people moaned about the chores in No More Heroes.

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