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The five most addictive games ever created

Some games are so addictive they can, and probably should, be called “virtual crack”. Just one more match, one more turn or one more level. No matter what you should be doing or where you are suppose to be, these games can keep you locked away in front of your gaming device for hours or even days on end.

Here is a list of the five most addictive games ever created.

(Warning: The games listed below can ruin a person’s personal and professional lives. Proceed with caution)

1. Pokemon – Gotta catch ‘em all

This article would be filled with Pokemon games, so instead I will use the whole franchise as just one game. Pokemon takes the number one spot without question. The franchise the most addictive substance the gaming world has ever seen.

The reason why gamers keep coming back to Pokemon again and again is simple; we want to catch ‘em all, yet most of us never do. The Pokemon formula has not changed all that much over the years, why fix what isn't broken?

2. World of Warcraft

There is no denying that World of Warcraft (WoW) is the king of Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG). The genre in itself is addictive, yet Blizzard Entertainment managed to create a game that stood the test of time. Ten years after the release of WoW, the game is still flourishing as the biggest subscription based MMORPG.

WoW calls to me every single day. I spent so many hours on WoW I actually feel a bit embarrassed, even though I am a proud gamer. During The Burning Crusade, which was WoW’s first expansion, I already managed to accumulate 120 days played. That’s 2880 hours…on one of my four characters at that time. In WoW, there is always one more thing to do; one more class or profession to level up.

The game is the bane of productivity, natural sunlight, and any non-gaming activities. WoW can ruin people’s lives, personally as well as professionally; WoW should have a warning label that states as much. Thankfully, I am almost done with this article. Soon I can buy some gameplay time and Warlords of Draenor so I might lose myself in Azeroth once more.


3. Minecraft

Minecraft, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few years, is a digital sandbox where players can manipulate the entire world around them. The challenge of Survival mode or building anything you can think of in Creative mode makes Minecraft a highly addictive experience.

I have personally spent way more hours in the game than I would like to admit, just running around and building all kinds of weird and wonderful structures. Players spend excessive amounts of time building their version of the perfect home, castle or any other creation imaginable.

The game has become so popular that Microsoft bought it for $2.5 Billion earlier this year, while creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson quit the game to maintain his sanity.  

4. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III, when it first launched, was a disappointment to many fans of the franchise due to the Auction House and horrible loot drops. Blizzard has redeemed themselves with Reaper of Souls and in doing so created one of the most addictive gaming experiences imaginable.

The Paragon system, Adventure mode and Rifts have created an endless experience for players to enjoy. Just recently I started playing Diablo III again and have come to realize that I am now completely and utterly addicted. Seasons add a competitive aspect to the game and a reason to start anew every few months.

However, the one aspect that makes Diablo III so excessively addictive is its loot. Getting that perfect Legendary item roll in every slot could take years and it might not even happen. Even so, that does not stop me from trying to get it every day, as just last week I wanted to play one hour after dinner, only to realize it was 3AM.

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The vast open world of Skyrim is one of the greatest gaming worlds ever imagined. The game has the potential to deliver a never ending story. Players can pretty much do whatever they feel like. For example, instead of following the main quest, one can just set out to explore the world, do thousands of side quests or just hunt some dragons. Once the world sucks you in, it is very hard to let go.

Since the game was released in 2011, I have played with Skyrim obsessively, starting over three times. There is always something more to do, somewhere to go or someone to talk to. After hundreds of hours spent within the world of Skyrim, I still keep on going back for more. I am not sure I will ever completely stop playing the game, well played Bethesda, well played.


Closing Thoughts

The games listed above are in my opinion the most additive games ever created. If you have not played some or all of these games, I suggest you proceed with caution, as they can suck you in and never let go.

Games that just narrowly missed the cut are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, Path of Exile, Super Mario Bros 3, the Civilization franchise, Dark Souls 2, Super Meat Boy and Dota 2.

What would your top five most addictive games list look like? Let us know in the comment section below.

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