Kongregate Made Me Addicted To Getting Addicted
For each game on Kongregate there are earnable badges, a la the Xbox achievement system. Each badge has an associated value, which adds up to a total gamer score; this levels up your profile and makes you feel better than your peers.
You can even earn PowerUp Rewards points, which you can use to buy real stuff. I tend to feel guilty for spending time on video games, but if I can buy real stuff, I’m not just playing dumb games – I’m earning a living.
It’s as if Kongregate was on “Pimp My Ride,” for video game-hosting websites, and Xzibit was like, “Yo dawg I heard you like leveling-up. We made it so now you can level up while you level-up.” I’m hooked.