Treasure Hunts – My Favorite Swiss Army Knife of Gamification

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I’ve always loved treasure hunts. One of my fondest memories was of my parents creating a huge treasure hunt around the local neighborhood for my birthday party. Each item you found had a clue to the next item. It could be at a friend’s house, under a rock, up a tree – all sorts. It was fun and kept us all entertained for a few hours – and it stuck with me.

It stuck with me for many reasons, and it was not until recently I realized what some of them were and why I so often recommend them to clients as a way to engage their customers and users. Read More ...

The 8 Pillars of Playful Design

I’ve messed around with formalising a way to introduce play into experiences in the past, but this is the first time I have tried to plot out the key features of playful experiences in a way that becomes replicable in some way.

First, it is really important to understand what I mean by Play and Playful!


Play is free form and unlike a game does not need to have a point or a goal to it. It exists within a set of rules created by the person or people playing and is born in the imagination.  Often it is a way of exploring the boundaries and extremes of something, in search of new and novel experiences.  It is undertaken for its own sake often for fun and joy. To quote myself (!!) Read More ...

The Motivational Integration and Development (MID) Framework

The "Motivational Integration and Development Model" is a holistic approach to understanding human motivation and behavior, emphasizing growth and development over time. It is built on the idea that motivation is driven by a complex interplay of individual needs, environmental factors, and social and cultural influences, drawing on theories and concepts from social and personality psychology. The framework includes important concepts such as Psychological Needs, Intrinsic motivations, Self-Determination Theory, Rewards and Consequences, Task Motivation and Goal Orientation, Social Influence, and Contextual Factors such as personality, environment, and cultural norms.

Discovering the Game-Changing Power of ChatGPT!

I caved and tried ChatGPT and my good god it is game changing! Just Wow!!!

Can it Code?

I started with simple stuff, but quickly moved on to asking for some really specific responses. First – I asked it to create a Javascript that waited for an element to exist on a page. It delivered. I then asked if it would optimise the code for me. It did. I then asked it to create a web page that documented the function and had a functional demo on the page. ChatGPT delivered.

I then tweaked some of the styles and a little bit of code to my taste, but again, I asked the AI to help. I ended up with this page – Read More ...

The Dangers of Forced Fun

We’ve all been there. You go to a meeting or an event and there’s an Ice Breaker. It might be something as simple as “turn to the person on your right and tell them your name”, or it might be something more pointless like Hat Colours. But sometimes it is something even more sinister… a game.

I love games. Always have, always will. However, the games that I like have two key elements. They are made by game designers and they are played voluntarily. Both of these points are critical to my enjoyment of said game. If just one of those is missing, it is highly likely that I am not going to enjoy the game. Read More ...

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