Game designers put themselves in the powerful position of not only being gamification’s biggest critics, but also picking up the paychecks when they decided to sell out on lucrative gamification contracts.
Gamification is the use of game elements like points and rewards to increase engagement, acknowledge loyalty or competence and make life easier and more fun. Critics often regard it in isolation, forgetting the dull and even adversarial reality it is meant to enliven. But the opposite of engagement is not lack of engagement. The opposite of engagement is repulsion. With that in mind, I’d like to offer an example of a recent experience I wish had been gamified.