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RememberMe1488057dThis. Somebody explain this to gaming companies too please.
theKarlisK777957d@RememberMe If only all the shitty, failed business-$var_SEX hadn't fell through from all the sh**ty and failed businesses (or just because they themselves were sh** so they got sh**canned) and gaming as a industry hadn't snorted them all up and placed them in high positions, which allowed them to grab the wheel and immediately violently steer it towards a cliff.
The problem is, that in "gaming" (actually, just casual gaming, but lets forget the remaining 0.1% of the market), gambling mechanics really just work best.
Depending on what you sell, it even "just works" outside "gaming". Almost always it works at least better than any high-quality approach.
Shitty candyman tactics and dark patterns aren't overtaking the web because they don't work.
Society will adapt at some time. But right now, ads work, dark patterns work, cheap psycho tricks work, and popping newsletter subscription dialogs over the content works too.
@Oktokolo With games it's very visible indeed, the whole Skinner box routine is pretty sickening.
But in a lighter form it's also present in websites and other products: The main "thing" (Let's say a bicycle rental search engine) gets tweaked every few days. It looks flashy and modern, although way too busy with redundant elements, due to all the little experiments which are trying to get you to click on a result. Then you go to your account page, and it's an anachronistic bootstrap relic thrown together without any design going on.
The problem with this?
In the short term you might get people who visit your site to actually click on the result page and make a reservation, netting you a commission.
But people won't FEEL any "wow, that was an amazing, smooth working beautiful website" warmth in their belly.
You see this a lot with travel websites, which lure customers in with predatory tactics and have great conversion rates — but poor aftercare and zero brand loyalty makes those websites extremely replaceable.