I suppose an alternative title to this could be “Should Points and Badges Be Dead in Gamification”
When you look at gamification, you will see two main streams of thought on the use of points and badges in gamification.
The first and probably most prevalent is that the simple addition of points and badges to a problem will make it more engaging and fun. The second is that points and badges have no place in “good” gamification.
I have sat on both sides of the fence over the last few years and have come to the conclusion that the answer lies somewhere in the middle.