10 Most Addicting Video Games of 2016

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2. Pokémon GO

While the most hyped mobile game of the year arguably failed to live up to expectations post-launch, it’s hard to deny that the game was (and still is) extremely addictive. The already-addicting Pokémon franchise combined with augmented reality on mobile phones? That’s just a recipe for popularity and addiction, and in the summer of 2016 that is exactly what it was.

The Pokémon GO craze hit and it hit hard. In most populated areas you could find people glued to their phone, swiping to catch the nearest Pokémon. Cars would pull off to the side of the ride as passengers battled at the nearby gym. People flocked to Pokéstops everywhere, or in some cases stampeded. Players stumbled upon dead bodies, they got mugged, they crashed their car, they lost tons of weight, and in some cases attempted to meet their soulmates.

While the initial Pokémon GO has certainly died down, the mobile game got players ADDICTED. By taking advantage of your natural desire to collect things plus applying augmented reality on a hugely popular franchise equated to overnight addiction. Comparing your Pokémon collection and your character level to your friends only helped feed this addiction via competition. Who doesn’t love to “catch ’em all?”