Jamie Madigan

Jamie Madigan

is creating Articles and Podcasts About the Psychology of Video Games

89

patrons

$228

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.

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 – Every piece of content here references scientific research about psychology and neighboring fields, usually found in scientific journals. They take time to put together and make accessible to anyone. 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 – 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
Tiers
Lab Assistant
$1 or more per month


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 Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Includes Discord rewards
Researcher
$2 or more per month


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 Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Includes Discord rewards
Scholar
$3 or more per month


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 the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to occasional content just for Patreon supporters like you.
  • I'll tell my kids how cool you are.
Includes Discord rewards
Mad Social Scientist
$5 or more per month


And they say psychology is underrepresented in the mad scientist community.


  • 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.
  • Access to the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron.  
  • You're like, the best.
Includes Discord rewards
I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!
$20 or more per month only 7 left


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). 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 Getting Gamers 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 the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement. 
Includes Discord rewards
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.

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 – Every piece of content here references scientific research about psychology and neighboring fields, usually found in scientific journals. They take time to put together and make accessible to anyone. 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 – 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

Recent posts by Jamie Madigan

Tiers
Lab Assistant
$1 or more per month


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 Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron.
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Includes Discord rewards
Researcher
$2 or more per month


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 Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to the occasional Patreon exclusive video, article, or podcast.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement.
Includes Discord rewards
Scholar
$3 or more per month


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 the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to occasional content just for Patreon supporters like you.
  • I'll tell my kids how cool you are.
Includes Discord rewards
Mad Social Scientist
$5 or more per month


And they say psychology is underrepresented in the mad scientist community.


  • 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.
  • Access to the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron.  
  • You're like, the best.
Includes Discord rewards
I'LL SHOW THEM! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!
$20 or more per month only 7 left


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). 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 Getting Gamers 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 the Psychology of Games Discord server as a Patron. 
  • Access to audio (and sometimes video) versions of articles.
  • Access to the Patron feed to get updates, ask questions, blink in amazement. 
Includes Discord rewards