When it comes to video games, the last thing any developer or publisher wants to see is a player quitting out from their title. Aside from the likely negative experience that this player had in order to exit, it also means something worse for the creators: a drop in revenue.
If more and more people quit the game, the less likely it will be to sell expansions and sequels down the line, so above all else, it's what developers try to avoid at all costs.
It's why we've seen a move towards cinematic games designed to hook people in for the long haul, monstrous open worlds packed with content to keep players busy, and of course why rewards are doled out like sweet candy in order to keep communities coming back for more.
Yet this is just the iceberg for the topic as today we're going to look at the cold world of an industry that in essence never ever wants you to stop playing. So let's take a look at the tricks, traps, and incentives to stay that will cause you to keep playing forever!
8. Smelling Salts Denial! - Psychonauts 2
Now, speaking from the perspective of a person who's completed Psychonauts 2 100% and loved every single second of it, I wasn't even aware of this sneaky little easter egg that can be found in the last level of the game should the player try and quit out of the final dungeon.
Without spoiling this quite literal mind bender of an adventure, the final level or stage of the game is one that really does demand all of your attention, to the point that the game mentions that once you venture into it that there's no way back. This should be your first indication that the title is going to try and slap your hand away from the "quit" button should you be tempted, but actually goes about things in a rather brilliant way.
You see throughout the franchise, you've had the option to use "Smelling Salts" in order to eject yourself from whoever's mind you're snooping about in, but here, in the final area, should you try and crack this stinky egg, Ford Cruller will emerge from your ear and spit out the smelling salts denying you the chance to quit!
It's a wonderful moment, and totally in keeping with the silly and surreal nature of this brilliant title.