I’m just posting this here because it speaks to the larger scale of things. You guys ever heard of Behavioral Game Design? It’s basically just what it sounds like. A blueprint cataloguing tried and effective ways to get you addicted. Smartphone games had it, World of Warcraft had it, Total War has it.
With the understandable indignation at this fact in mind, we all know gamers are never going to rise up and overturn the greed fueled stagnating industry, despite all the revolutions they’ve oversaw and heroes they’ve played as in video games.
Just like that one episode of Rick and Morty where they kill the Rick who was yearning for a taste of freedom and marketed the feeling he had when he finally escaped by capturing it with a ray gun and condensing it down into a wafer.