Gamification versus pointsfication
04 Jan 2011 As many other new disciplines, gamification is evolving day by day with new theories, emerging from studies in games design, human psychology, behavior and other academic fields. We have already discussed about game mechanics and dynamics and their dominant role in producing a gamified environment. The next step is to focus on methods to apply those paradigms in the gamification process. The first attempts, started a few years ago and evolving lately into more complex systems, are heavily based on points and badges, the first and foremost mechanic that can drive the engagement of the user. But this kind of approach has turned out all of its limits, even when joined with location based systems, made possible by the spreading diffusion of GPS on mobile devices. We think that the gamification can be intended and divided into two different blends and both of them can take advantage of the points and badges mechanics. Both approach can work and bring to a successful experience.
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