Tagged: motivation

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Using Boredom and Curiosity to your Advantage

Curiosity is something that always interests me. I have written about it in the past, but was drawn to looking at it again recently. There are several theories about what curiosity is and how it works; Curiosity Drive Theory, Optimal Arousal Theory, Incongruity Theory and probably more. They all deal with...

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Value to the User vs Value to You

Here is a little excerpt for the book for you, you know that book that I am still editing but hope to have published in the next 2 weeks…! Whist basing the value of the reward on a user’s personal investment is important, it is also important not to lose...

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Mary Poppins was full of crap

Ok, this has been bugging me for years. In Gamification, there are many things you hear again and again. It’s not about games, points are bad, intrinsic motivation is king. There are more, but the one I have an issue is a quote from that most famous of nannies (and...

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Have a Batman break to keep motivated.

Last Friday, I began a little experiment – Batman’s big day out. It was the start of a series of little bits of fun I will be capturing and putting up on social media, following the story of my little LEGO Batman figure. Now, the point is I wanted to...

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Just rewarding activity is not gamification: stop it!

I have promised in the past not to write about the dangers of extrinsic rewards anymore. However, can’t stand reading about gamification being a failure anymore, when the articles proclaiming this almost always start with “gamification is about awarding points, or physical rewards to people for doing dull tasks”. No...

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User Types – an expansion to consider

I have not mentioned User Types for at least a couple of blog posts – so though it was time to mess with your heads a little. When I first started the user types, there were four intrinsic types (Socialiser, Free Spirit, Achiever, Philanthropist) which represented the four intrinsic motivators...

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Engagement – What are we talking about?

Engagement. A word that is thrown about in gamification with all the abandon of a child dancing and singing to Frozen… The thing is, what exactly are we talking about? What is engagement. As ever, I took to the dictionaries to see what the word on the street is. Looking...

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Why User Types?

Second post in a day, not very SEO clever, I know. I wanted to take a moment to explain my view on User and Player types and their use in gamification. First up, some bullets so you get the idea quickly. What User Types are not; Perfect Applicable to every...

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Making motivation worse with Gamification

When people talk about gamification, it is pretty certain the word “motivation” will pop up. “We want to engage and motivate our people, gamification is definitely going to be the answer for that!”. The trouble here is that gamification is AN answer, not always THE answer. People lack motivation in...

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A few gamification tips

Whilst I am away for a few days, I though I would fill the gap with a quick post for you all. A few gamification tips. Define your goal, you can’t expect anything to work if you have no reason to use it. Extrinsic rewards like points and badges are...

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Gamification and Habits

I will state now, I am not claiming to be an expert on habits, however – I wanted to share some thoughts on how gamification can help with habit building. There are several habit or behaviour models out there. My two favourites are Nir Eyal’s Hook model and BJ Fogg’s...

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Points & Badges Video Tutorial

The fourth video in my series of tutorials (finally!!) This one is just a short (10 minute) look at points and badges in gamified systems and how to make some use of them. Not all that different from my Points and Badges: Not Totally Evil blog post, but also talks...

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3 Layers of Motivation

The more I consider motivation, the more I realise it is one of those things we in gamification use as a catch all. It’s a bit like how we treat the term “game mechanics” and, well, gamification! Generally speaking, you will hear the terms intrinsic and extrinsic when motivation is...