Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Make Work a Game

Are you competitive? Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you like getting rewards?  Then gamification is for you. Gamification is the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts.

Typically gamification applies to non-game applications and processes, in order to encourage people to adopt them, or to influence how they are used. Gamification works by making technology more engaging, by encouraging users to engage in desired behaviors, by showing a path to mastery and autonomy, by helping to solve problems and not being a distraction, and by taking advantage of humans' psychological predisposition to engage in gaming. The technique can encourage people to perform chores that they ordinarily consider boring, such as completing surveys, shopping, filling out tax forms, or reading web sites.

Available data from gamified websites, applications, and processes indicate potential improvements in areas like user engagement, ROI, data quality, timeliness, or learning.

You are probably engaged in some form of gamification in your lives, earning bonus points and special discounts for playing a game.  This trend is growing, and shows no sign of slowing down.

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