Are You Playing a Game or Getting Played?

The more game makers consciously “tap into human psychological and sociological tendencies”, the more gamers must consider a game’s intention and the experience of playing it.  Are you having fun or, as in the example below, are you a monkey pressing a lever?

Reading through SCVNGR’s Game Mechanics Flash Cards could be part of a new mental self-defense kit, along with sets for logical fallacies and cognitive biases.