Push the button. Get a reward. Push button. Get reward. Button. Reward.
This is every video game, ever, when you get down to the fundamentals of it. And thatâ€™s not a negative. Most games find a way to make that whole operation fun and rewarding. So much so that you may not even realize itâ€™s happening, or even how long youâ€™re doing it.
Iâ€™ve often referred to that as the â€œone more turnâ€ technique. You tell yourself youâ€™ll just do one more thing and then youâ€™ll step away for a while. Except one more thing became one more thing and 5 minutes have now become an hour or more. Like seeing a movie and never checking your watch. Like sitting down for one episode of Deadwood, but watching 5. Of course we call that binge watching, but Iâ€™m not sure the same applies here since a game can be ongoing. Still, the effect is the same.
Until you find yourself sitting in front of a screen clicking a giant cookie to make more cookies.
In the meantime…Ubisoft, itâ€™s been 2,944 days since the last Splinter Cell release (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise or VR exclusive).