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omouse
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:52 pm    Post subject: Persuasive Games: Exploitationware Reply with quote

I had been trying to ignore gamification, hoping it would go away, like an ill-placed pimple or an annoying party guest or a Katy Perry earworm. But a recent encounter with the concept has made me realize that plugging my ears and covering my eyes to it is a losing strategy. Even if our goal is opposition, we need to better understand gamification's appeal in order to practice that opposition more effectively.

In early April I spoke at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC, or 4Cs). 4Cs is to the college writing and rhetoric community what the Game Developers Conference is to the video game community. It's almost as large, with dozens of simultaneous sessions.

And just as GDC has its swank soirées run by big devs, publishers, and hardware hawks, so 4Cs boasts parties sponsored by textbook publishers. Instead of peddling platforms, companies like Pearson and Bedford St. Martins hope to lure the elbow-patch and twin-set set to purchase large quantities of their profitable wares.

My second book, Persuasive Games, is all about video games and rhetoric, but it's had slow uptake among the more traditional, slower-moving rhetoric community. This was the first year I was allowed to speak at the conference, and I was eager to spread my ideas among this large and influential, if traditional, set of scholars.

After all, everyone who attends college is subjected to writing classes. Since we communicate increasingly often with software, we ought to insure that the teachers in charge of these courses understand how computation works. This is generally new territory for most instructors, including college writing and communication professors.

But during the Q&A session following my panel, I was surprised to hear one of the attendees ask explicitly about the possibility of using "gamification" to improve students' performance with and engagement in the writing classroom. Here was a scholar of rhetoric who didn't know my ongoing work on procedural rhetoric, but who was familiar with a very recent marketing gimmick. What's going on?

Read more here http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6366/persuasive_games_exploitationware.php?page=1

eddiecarter
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wonder why this gamification thing should be implemented.
patriciabrothers
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is this for real????
ginastokes
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:46 am    Post subject: Re: Persuasive Games: Exploitationware Reply with quote

will gamification exist in this terms?
samuelchu
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes we really have to understand gamification to be fair before judging this.
johnbush
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i hope everything will be fine soon regarding this gamification thingy
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