I was watching Catalyst the other night, and it had a segment on gambling and why people get addicted to it. One study they mentioned concluded that small, frequent small rewards at irregular pacing got people addicted. And that gamblers would believe there was a pattern or some lucky way of playing that would give a win.
My take is that it goes way back to when we forraged to live. When forraging, you might find a root here, a berry here…it’s all small stuff, without any set pace to recieve it at, while with luck you might find and kill some large animal (but that would rarely happen).
Essentially the same as gambling. But the thing is, with forraging, there might very well be a pattern, because ecologies do have certain patterns and rules. Believing there’s a pattern might very well have you discover the actual pattern involved. Someone who believed there was a pattern, was the one most likely to live. And we are their descendents.
But with gambling, on a slot machine, there is no pattern. Its purely random. Indeed, with problem gamblers it takes their belief theres a pattern, and uses it against them.
Which takes us to roleplay.
If system matters…
How much of the system you believe is there, actually is there?
With foraging, one can point to the rules of ecology to prove the belief there is a system.
What rules can you point to, to prove your belief that all of the system you think is there, is actually there? What actual, physical structure can you point to?
Or has it elevated to the point of religious belief? It need not be proven?
What if your like the gambler, who has their system of a lucky car parking spot, or a lucky machine, when really it’s an entirely different system (in the gamblers case, an entirely random one)?