I was wrong: A definition of gamification that should make sense to everyone!

Gamification 2022 taller I was wrong A definition of gamification that should make sense to everyone

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Expert, author, consultant and designer. 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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6 Responses

  1. Creo que no debemos dejar fuera de la definición a la palabra EXPERIENCIA. Las experiencias pueden ser más o menos complejas, más o menos profundas o superficiales. Y en Gamification esto se aplica: si decidimos con una capa delgada o con capa gruesa. Podría ser: “CONVERTIR ALGO EN UNA EXPERIENCIA QUE SE VIVENCIE SIMILAR A UN JUEGO” O algo así.

    • “I believe that we should not leave the word EXPERIENCE out of the definition. The experiences can be more or less complex, more or less deep or superficial. And in Gamification this applies: if we decide with a thin layer or a thick layer. It could be: “TURNING SOMETHING INTO A GAME-LIKE EXPERIENCE” Or something like that.”

      I considered “The process of making an experience into a game or more game-like”. However, experience can mean different things to different people and, in theory, everything is an experience! I hate the word something as it is too broad, but that is actually the point after hours and hours of trying to find better words 😉

  2. KamranKamran says:

    Its so sad to read this after ten years there is not a clear definition of gamification!
    But andrzej consider something here that there is a conflict of interest.
    You talk about gamification and companies think its a game! They want to hire you and ask you for a game with the name of gamification so if you tell them that no this is not gamification! You loose money! Thats why most gamification designers design games🙄 and make defining gamification hard…

    • The thing is, you talk to them about their needs. They may want a game, but they probably don’t need one. So you as the consultant need to find where the compromise is. The key is not to let a misunderstanding of a words meaning create barriers. Then, if you can’t supply what they need, you be honest and pont them elsewhere.

  1. November 15, 2021

    […] Primarily the main problem lies behind how words are written (those bastards at Webster!!). @Andrzej Marczewski puts it very clearly in his latest entry:  […]

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