Games Defined

What is a game?

It is “a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict defined by rules that results in a quantifiable outcome.”

Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman

From Putting the Fun in Functional: Applying Game Mechanics to Functional Software Google Tech Talk by Amy Jo Kim.

Elements of game mechanics:

  • collecting & completing a set
  • getting points – system (game) & social points; redeemable points; leveling up
  • feedbck – system (game) feedback & social feedback
  • exchanges – explicit & implicit
  • customizing experience

Reference: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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