Feeling lucky? Join us for a discussion with cultural anthropologist and MIT researcher Natasha Dow Schüll about her research into the world of slot machines and gambling addiction.

In her recent book Addiction by Design, Natasha explores the topics of casinos, gambling games, and slot machine design. Schüll’s treatment of these challenging topics raises fascinating questions about the intersection of technology, psychology, ethics and design. These questions are highly relevant to videogame designers, whether they are re-examining the “grind” and “flow” of classic gameplay patterns or wrestling with the troubling implications of new free-to-play business models.

What are the dark forces that draw us “into the zone”? Where is the line between “compelling” and “addictive”? What are the ethical dimensions of game design? Join us to participate in a lively discussion about these important issues.

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