[-empyre-] benefits of practice to conventional research / could gamification save academia?

Adam Parker aparker at qantmcollege.edu.au
Thu Feb 23 09:12:15 EST 2012

> Online gamification is usually a way of getting people to do work without
> monetary reward.
> And gamification has conceptual problems:

Agreed. From my perspective based inside the games discipline, gamification
is more interesting as a social phenomenon, as yet again a body of
knowledge is being viewed by management consultants as a silver bullet,
rather than as as an opportunity in motion.

Much of what it supposedly covers, games were already doing. Games in the
enterprise go back into the 1960s, in the military much further.

Furthermore, the interesting interdisciplinary linkages that could provide
real opportunities for renewal (e.g. challenging the rhetoric of efficiency
in interaction design) are things that gamification does not presently


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