Adding badgers would be more gamification than badges.

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Andrzej Marczewski

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Consultant with Motivait. I love to write about it, talk about it and bore people to death with it! If you really want to get to know me, check out the About page.

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  1. Avatar Kathy Sierra says:

    “…RECOGNIZE the achievement, not BE the achievement.”
    Beautifully put. This should be the driving mantra for everyone doing gamification.

    I have been watching your progression from uncritical gamification proponent to having a more thoughtful and nuanced view. I’m encouraged, though you still have a ways to go :). For example, your last sentence: “have a warm fuzzy feeling that someone thought that what they had done was worthy of note.” There’s nothing fundamentally *wrong* with this, but it is the textbook description of EXtrinsic motivation. A true intrinsically rewarding experience would replace “someone” with “they (themselves)” as in, “have a warm fuzzy feeling that they thought what they had done was worthy…”. Intrinsically motivating experiences are — by definition — those that are not in any way dependent on what someone *else* thinks/feels/approves of. It is the difference between, “I did this thing and, wow, I was actually pretty badass” vs. “I did this thing and others thought I was badass.” or, much worse (and the basis of nearly all gamification today) “I did this so others would think I am badass.”

    You appear to be on the path to a deeper understanding of the subtle yet powerful pscyhological interactions around motivation. I wish I could say the same for most involved in gamification today, but few seem willing to have an open mind or, especially, to reconsider their previously-held (but not well-informed) positions. So, go you 🙂

    • Thanks, I think. !! The warm fuzzy idea is more about a – that’s nice – now let me get on with being good at my job (or whatever) it is not meant as a motivational thing really, more affirmation. All very hard to explain to people who view it as stick a badge on it and it is Gamification!!

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