Collection of gamification thoughts from the last few weeks
Not a real blog as such today, just a collection of things I have been doing and saying for the past week or so!
First off, the video of my Gamification of a Career talk at Gamification World Congress has now gone up on YouTube 🙂
I was asked on twitter how my User Types might fit with education, this picture was my first run at an answer.
Here is a collection of some of the things I have been saying on twitter – may be of interest to some!!
- Gamification is not a technology. It is an approach to solving problems.
- Gamification can only be the answer if you fully understand the question.
- Use gamification to thank people for doing things, not to bribe them into doing them.
- If your system is broken, gamification won’t fix it. Chances are it will make it worse! Gamify to solve a specific problem.
- Remember. People play games because THEY want to. People use your gamified system because YOU want them to.
- Reward systems in gamification are not inherently bad – just badly implemented. Meaningful pats on the back can help early on in a program.
- Gamification can be used to motivate, it can also be used to manipulate – which do you think will lead to long term engagement?
- Good gamification is not about tricking people into using a system; it is about building a system people are happy to use.
- Gamification is not about understanding games, in the same way as driving is not about knowing braking distances.
- A lot of gamification is still like a monkey dressed as a ninja. It may look the part, but you wouldn’t rely on it in a fight!
Finally, an infographic I made that talks you through my gamification framework using lots of other ideas from my blog!