»Gamification« has sparked the imagination of many for the potential of games in education, but turned away an equal amount within the games and learning community with its disregard for the complexities of design and human motivation.
However, this talk suggests that there is a deeper reason for the negative reaction in the games and learning community: namely, that gamification really provides a distorted mirror that throws into stark relief issues in today's game-based learning at large. Conversely, that best way to advance games for learning today is to look deep into this mirror. Doing so reveals a triple agenda for the field: to expand from deploying games as interventions in systems to the gameful restructuring of systems, and from designing games to the playful reframing of situations; and to shift from the instrumentalization of play and learning to paideia as paidia.
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