Jamie Madigan is creating Articles and Podcasts About the Psychology of Video Games
69

patrons

$154
per month
I examine the intersection of psychology and video games.

My mission is to popularize the application of psychology to creating and understanding video games. I want you to know about the psychology behind why good game design works, why people act and think as they do when they play games, and how those who market and sell games sometimes take advantage of psychological quirks.

To do this, I write articles and produce podcasts. Kicking a buck or three my way on Patreon will help cover the costs of doing those things, such as software, hosting, and access to scholarly articles. It will also keep the podcasts and articles coming on a regular schedule.

How This Site Is Different
Rather than being another gaming review or opinion site, Psychology of Games has a few principles that set it apart.

1. Based on Research – I don’t put up blustering opinion pieces, top 10 lists, or other clickbait. Every piece of content here references scientific research about psychology and neighboring fields, usually found in scientific journals. They take time to put together. What I try to do is make that research accessible to potentially anyone and figure out what it has to say or suggest about game design and player psychology. I’ll leave the p values and F statistics out, but I will always provide citations where you find them if you want. Similarly, my podcasts feature interviews with researchers, consultants, game designers, and other experts.

2. Straddling the line between entertainment and scholarship – Let’s not forget, though, that this is about video games. And video games are usually about fun and entertainment. So while there are citations and references, there are also a bunch of stupid jokes. And some funny ones. See if you can tell which are which. I stay connected to gaming culture and sensibilities. I try to make sure it shows.

3. It’s Free –
I create new articles and podcasts every month that are freely available to everyone who wants them. And a few that don't.
Tiers
Lab Assistant
$1 or more per month 37 patrons

I will clap my hands and go “Woo!” because even $1 pledges add up quickly.  Plus: 


  • Access to the Patreon only RSS feed, which gets you the ad-free version of the podcast right to your phone or whatever you use to listen to podcasts.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Researcher
$2 or more per month 9 patrons

I will clap my hands TWICE and go “Woo! Woo!” because these add up twice as fast as the $1 donations.  Same rewards, though. 


  • Access to the Patreon only RSS feed, which gets you the ad-free version of the podcast right to your phone or whatever you use to listen to podcasts.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Scholar
$3 or more per month 14 patrons

You will help three times as much! 


  • The Patreon audio RSS feed delivers ad-free podcasts to your device of choice.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles, because reading text is for chumps. They're like little micro podcasts!
  • Access to occasional content just for Patreon supporters like you.
  • I'll tell my kids how cool you are.
Mad Social Scientist
$5 or more per month 11 patrons

All above, AND friend me on a gaming network of your choice.
  • Let’s be friends on some gaming network like XBL, PSN, Steam, or whatever!
  • The audio RSS feed delivers ad-free podcasts.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
  • You're like, the best.
I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!
$20 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons

All above AND I’ll send you a signed copy of my book, Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on Those Who Play Them (USA shipping only, sorry). Note that this is an "uncorrected page proofs" paperback version but it's got all the same content as any other version. One book per patron, though you can edit your pledge after the first month if you like. I won't mind.

  • Signed copy of my book. I’ll even write curse words in there if you want. Just tell me which ones. 
  • Let’s be friends on some gaming network like XBL, PSN, Steam, or whatever! 
  • RSS feed for ad-free podcasts.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement. 
I examine the intersection of psychology and video games.

My mission is to popularize the application of psychology to creating and understanding video games. I want you to know about the psychology behind why good game design works, why people act and think as they do when they play games, and how those who market and sell games sometimes take advantage of psychological quirks.

To do this, I write articles and produce podcasts. Kicking a buck or three my way on Patreon will help cover the costs of doing those things, such as software, hosting, and access to scholarly articles. It will also keep the podcasts and articles coming on a regular schedule.

How This Site Is Different
Rather than being another gaming review or opinion site, Psychology of Games has a few principles that set it apart.

1. Based on Research – I don’t put up blustering opinion pieces, top 10 lists, or other clickbait. Every piece of content here references scientific research about psychology and neighboring fields, usually found in scientific journals. They take time to put together. What I try to do is make that research accessible to potentially anyone and figure out what it has to say or suggest about game design and player psychology. I’ll leave the p values and F statistics out, but I will always provide citations where you find them if you want. Similarly, my podcasts feature interviews with researchers, consultants, game designers, and other experts.

2. Straddling the line between entertainment and scholarship – Let’s not forget, though, that this is about video games. And video games are usually about fun and entertainment. So while there are citations and references, there are also a bunch of stupid jokes. And some funny ones. See if you can tell which are which. I stay connected to gaming culture and sensibilities. I try to make sure it shows.

3. It’s Free –
I create new articles and podcasts every month that are freely available to everyone who wants them. And a few that don't.

Recent posts by Jamie Madigan

Tiers
Lab Assistant
$1 or more per month 37 patrons

I will clap my hands and go “Woo!” because even $1 pledges add up quickly.  Plus: 


  • Access to the Patreon only RSS feed, which gets you the ad-free version of the podcast right to your phone or whatever you use to listen to podcasts.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Researcher
$2 or more per month 9 patrons

I will clap my hands TWICE and go “Woo! Woo!” because these add up twice as fast as the $1 donations.  Same rewards, though. 


  • Access to the Patreon only RSS feed, which gets you the ad-free version of the podcast right to your phone or whatever you use to listen to podcasts.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Scholar
$3 or more per month 14 patrons

You will help three times as much! 


  • The Patreon audio RSS feed delivers ad-free podcasts to your device of choice.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles, because reading text is for chumps. They're like little micro podcasts!
  • Access to occasional content just for Patreon supporters like you.
  • I'll tell my kids how cool you are.
Mad Social Scientist
$5 or more per month 11 patrons

All above, AND friend me on a gaming network of your choice.
  • Let’s be friends on some gaming network like XBL, PSN, Steam, or whatever!
  • The audio RSS feed delivers ad-free podcasts.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
  • You're like, the best.
I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!
$20 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons

All above AND I’ll send you a signed copy of my book, Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on Those Who Play Them (USA shipping only, sorry). Note that this is an "uncorrected page proofs" paperback version but it's got all the same content as any other version. One book per patron, though you can edit your pledge after the first month if you like. I won't mind.

  • Signed copy of my book. I’ll even write curse words in there if you want. Just tell me which ones. 
  • Let’s be friends on some gaming network like XBL, PSN, Steam, or whatever! 
  • RSS feed for ad-free podcasts.
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.