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Household chores are boring in real life – so why is doing them in a video game so fun?


Still Waters

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After an exhausting day, housework is often the last thing I feel like doing. But I sometimes relax by playing video games where you tidy and arrange household items in living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

In a game, domestic tasks can be exciting. Like the indie success Untitled Goose Game and the blockbuster series The Sims, the games I’m thinking of position the completion of mundane tasks as entertainment and art.

Here are four inventive Australian video games where players perform household tasks that, in real life, are often repetitive or unpleasant. But in games these activities can be entertaining and relaxing.

https://theconversation.com/vacuuming-moving-house-unpacking-are-boring-in-real-life-so-why-is-doing-them-in-a-video-game-so-fun-214853

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I would say because its not real and does not require physical labor. 

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Along with the absence of the physical aspects I am sure that in these games there is all sorts of visuals and sound effects to make it more fun and the results are far more immediate too. Also the time invested in the virtual world cleaning is far less and depending on the game I am fairly sure you get imaginary rewards too for doing these tasks.

Tasks are done with mouse clicks, keyboard inputs and maybe joypad inputs too....the perspectives on the imaginary environment is different and of course the bright colors, sounds, music.....

In real life there are no sparklies after loading a box, there is no sound effects for placing items just so and the items don't flop around thus you don't have to bother with arranging things....in short reality is rather muted in favor of visual and auditory rewards.

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I think it's because such activities in real life and in games are totally different.

In life to do such things you need to spend some time on it, you work physically, and for me, it's not entertaining at all.

But in the games it's different. Playing is already a type of relaxation, and you usually receive positive emotions. And as it's written in the previous comment, " in these games, there is all sorts of visuals and sound effects to make it more fun"

I'm a huge fan of The Sims, and I used to play it for hours - building houses, relationships, and so on. And I've never been bored or tired. That's how games work.

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Games provide instant gratification.  Chores are done in moments instead of five to ten minutes.  Personally I deal with household chores by turning them into games, especially streamlining the process into a minimum number of movements and steps.  I set myself a timer and see how fast I can do it, always seeking to do better than my previous personal best.  I get my chores done inside of 20min most days. 

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1 hour ago, Alchopwn said:

  I get my chores done inside of 20min most days. 

I don't do any housework most days :P

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On 1/22/2024 at 10:13 PM, gloriia82 said:

I think it's because such activities in real life and in games are totally different.

In life to do such things you need to spend some time on it, you work physically, and for me, it's not entertaining at all.

But in the games it's different. Playing is already a type of relaxation, and you usually receive positive emotions. And as it's written in the previous comment, " in these games, there is all sorts of visuals and sound effects to make it more fun"

I'm a huge fan of The Sims, and I used to play it for hours - building houses, relationships, and so on. And I've never been bored or tired. That's how games work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The same I can say about casino games. In life, I don't want to go there; I don't want to play. But I still play online from time to time. I do it for fun, and not to get some money, but just to relax after work and so on. I like trying something new from time to time, and when I found this page https://casinosanalyzer.com/bonuses-by-countries/united-states-usa and read the info provided there, I managed to find a new casino to try, which I can say is one of the best so far. Thanks to that info, I saved a lot of time and managed to choose the best one for me fast, and now I just play and enjoy.                           

I agree with you. Everything we do in games is different from real life.
Games are made to entertain people, and our psychic also takes part in a process - it doesn't matter what we do, we still play, so the way how we react to things is different too.

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