A torture break is a name for an enforced cool-off or stopping period in a game. The idea is that being forced to stop, motivates you to want to play even more.
An example; I started writing this Inside Scoop and getting really into it, getting excited about writing each section and revealing new things to you all but secretly I knew I was putting off something I didn’t want to do.
When I went to make a cuppa I realised this and decided that I could only continue to write the Inside Scoop after I’d done the thing I was putting off.
I gave myself a torture break.
This is the concept of preventing yourself from doing something for an amount of time or until something else is completed.
Games do this all the time. A classic example is Wordle, you can only do it once a day, so the next day you’re gagging to play again! If you could play it endlessly the fun would wear off.
So – why does not allowing myself to complete the Inside Scoop until I’ve done the thing I’ve been putting off work so well?
For three reasons;
- As I’ve already said it’ll motivate me to do the thing I’ve been putting off so I can get back to the thing I want to do.
- The second thing is that taking a break from something that you’ve already started gives your brain time to process it and think through it more, so you’ll come back with even more ideas and are ready to go!
- Thirdly, motivation comes from momentum.
By starting the task and then stopping while you’ve still got loads of ideas, are motivated, and have momentum, you’ll be keen to get back to it and finish.
The torture break will help you to do the thing you’ve been putting off and help you to do the thing you want to do anyway even better.
Another common example you’ll see of a torture break is in a television series, where they leave you on a cliffhanger so you’ll make sure to tune in next time!
WIN – WIN
Where do you see torture breaks in the game world?
In games where you can only play once per day (Like Wordle), or you have a set number of hearts and you have to wait for them to refill, which you can only do by waiting or by buying new hearts, or watching an advert – the time element is a torture break,