Zyked - The Exergaming Community


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Tom Söderlund's slides from Games For Health conference, Baltimore, 2008.

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  • Thank you all for coming here! My name is Tom Soderlund, and I’m the founder of Zyked. I’m gonna kick of this presentation with a short movie of what Zyked is about. ---------- Zyked! The Gamified Workout Community Imagine if the principles behind games and competitive game communities were applied to everyday workouts and mobile devices. That's the principle behind Zyked - a set of online and mobile services designed to be for working out what Xbox Live! is for videogames. In this case presentation Zyked's creator Tom Soderlund will present the basics behind Zyked and report on how the first batch of user tests are performing. Soderlund will also present how Zyked intends to work with a multitude of portable devices including iPod, Nike+, and mobile phone platforms. Attendees to this session will not only get a preview of Zyked but also understand the motivation properties behind such things as high score communities, competitive game ladders, achievement point systems, all of which are staples to the motivation mixture of modern day videogaming. http://www.gamesforhealth.org/archives/000218.html ----- They in general want three things: 1. Your story - how did what you are talking about or demoing come to be? What lead you to this project, what was the journey and insights from that? 2. Your results - what specific results and takeaways can you share at this stage - be specific as to what stage your project is in and when the next stage(s) will commence. Be specific with numerical results wherever possible, costs, time, etc. 3. What was special about games? Everything we're about is zeroing in on why games? why a game technology? You need to express in some fashion why this approach offered new opportunities vs. other methods or means you could have used.
  • Zyked - The Exergaming Community

    1. 1. Zyked - playful exercising Tom Söderlund Games for Health May 9th, 2008
    2. 2. Movie
    3. 3. Games “ BotFighters” © It’s Alive 2000 “ Da Vinci Code 3D” © Blaze 2006 “ Geo” © Useful Networks 2008
    4. 4. Marathon
    5. 5. Exercising is boring
    6. 6. Games Exercising
    7. 7. Design Principles <ul><li>Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Clear feedback, goals and progression </li></ul><ul><li>Compete with yourself and others </li></ul><ul><li>Sports agnostic </li></ul><ul><li>Technology agnostic </li></ul>
    8. 8. Technology Agnostic
    9. 9. How to use Zyked Runner <ul><li>Website: keep motivation up between exercising sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: keep motivation up while exercising </li></ul>
    10. 10. Feedback Loop Plan your exercise Exercise Upload results + Get feedback
    11. 11. Frank and Earl
    12. 12. Website: Tracks
    13. 13. Website: Profile
    14. 14. Website: Meet
    15. 15. Website: Highscores
    16. 16. Mobile Companion
    17. 17. User Testing <ul><li>Zyked development started September 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Alpha testing of Zyked Web began in January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>50 test users </li></ul><ul><li>Test surveys before/after testing Zyked </li></ul>
    18. 18. Results: Usage <ul><li>Competition with yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I just need 4 more points…” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competition with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Posting highscore lists on Facebook, email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited sharing of tracks </li></ul>
    19. 19. Results: Changes <ul><li>More extensive feedback system </li></ul><ul><li>More extensive Challenges system </li></ul><ul><li>“Tease” others with your results </li></ul><ul><li>Track calories, weight and other health metrics </li></ul>
    20. 20. Next steps <ul><li>Mobile Alpha release in 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Open to public: summer 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Areas to explore: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zyked and Physical Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Access to Zyked Alpha <ul><li>Try out Zyked Alpha: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.zyked.com/alpha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use [email_address] as invite code </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thanks! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(857) 207 6408 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.zyked.com </li></ul></ul>
    22. 23. Movie (with text)