What’s the difference between Intrinsic Motivation and Extrinsic Rewards

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A very common question in gamification is “What is the difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic” when talking about rewards and motivation. Well..

  • Intrinsic motivation: Personal/internal needs and reasons acting.
    • Relatedness, Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose are examples of this.
    • You don’t play video games for the reward, you play because you enjoy them
    • You read for pleasure, not monetary reward.
    • You spend time with your family because you want to.
    • Learn because you want to improve and be better.
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  • Engagement – What are we talking about?

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    Engagement. A word that is thrown about in gamification with all the abandon of a child dancing and singing to Frozen…

    The thing is, what exactly are we talking about? What is engagement.

    As ever, I took to the dictionaries to see what the word on the street is. Looking up engagement is a fruitless task as you get such gems as

    A formal agreement to get married


    The action of engaging or being engaged

    However, looking up engage is a far more satisfying experience.

    [with object] Occupy or attract (someone’s interest or attention) Read More ...

    Thin Layer vs Deep Level Gamification

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    With it nearly being Christmas, I thought I would put out one more blog post before the traditional years round up!

    This time I want to look at a concept I have been talking about for a while, but have never really explained properly. Thin Layer and Deep Level gamification.

    Thin Layer Gamification

    This covers things that are added to the “top” of a system. Points, badges, game like interface components. This type is less about engagement as it is about entertainment, but has its place as I explained last week. Read More ...