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This is a short workshop about how to turn your startup service into a playful and fun experience.
It was set up in a few minutes to be hold at the Startupcamp.ch 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.
Gbanga creates mixed-reality games to entertain players in a new and fun way.

This is a short workshop about how to turn your startup service into a playful and fun experience.
It was set up in a few minutes to be hold at the Startupcamp.ch 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.
Gbanga creates mixed-reality games to entertain players in a new and fun way.

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Playful Design, Fun Products & Gamification for Startups

  1. 1. Playful Design, Fun Products & Gamification for Matthias Sala Startups Gbanga matthias@gbanga.com StartupCamp.ch, Basel February 23, 2013
  2. 2. «I've played many video games, but never thought that I would run around in heavy rain just for a mobile game…»
  3. 3. «Gamification» Trend http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Gamification&cmpt=q
  4. 4. Convergence to mobile and social ~ 1880 1968 1977 1991 2005 2005 1989 2006 2007 History of Games
  5. 5. Media Consumption http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704590704576092460302990884.html
  6. 6. Definition Psychology Product Behaviour design Advertising Gamification Edutainment Entertainment Retention (frustration management) Loyalty programmes Motivation Serious Health Games Games
  7. 7. Gamification Criticism «excluding elements like storytelling and experiences and using simple reward systems in place of true game mechanics» «not being fun and creating an artificial sense of achievement» «"exploitationware" as a more suitable name for the games used in marketing»  «Gamification is to games as jingles are to music.» http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification#Criticism, http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/06/gamification- criticism-overjustification-ownership-addiction.html
  8. 8. Focus today Psychology Product Behaviour design Advertising Gamification Edutainment Entertainment Retention (frustration management) Loyalty programmes Motivation Serious Health Games Games
  9. 9. http://mashable.com/2010/07/13/game-mechanics-business/
  10. 10. The «Compulsion Loop» For instance in a simulation game like «Sim City» Challenges: Create Environmental changes buildings Wait for outcome, i.e.: (population growth), Population growth incidents and Decide what to build, what to replace, … Side-effects: pollution, taxes catastrophes Present Adapt effects strategy Happen randomly or triggered through Analyze effect in world tendentious /extreme user activity Rewards: Player decisions and actions Unlock new plants and Visual feedback (visualization) Happen based on research technologies, happy activity and on time (historic/ citizens Parts of the simulation system chronological unlocks) Computer-controlled “hidden” game rules (black box)
  11. 11. Self- actuali- sation Fun Esteem Usability Love/belonging Reliability Safety Functionality Physiological http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs
  12. 12. Intrinsic motivations (psychology) • Acceptance, the need for approval • Curiosity, the need to learn • Eating, the need for food • Family, the need to raise children • Honor, the need to be loyal to the traditional values of one's clan/ethnic group • Idealism, the need for social justice • Independence, the need for individuality • Order, the need for organized, stable, predictable environments • Physical activity, the need for exercise • Power, the need for influence of will • Romance, the need for sex and for beauty • Saving, the need to collect • Social contact, the need for friends (peer relationships) • Social status, the need for social standing/importance • Tranquility, the need to be safe • Vengeance, the need to strike back and to compete http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivation#Intrinsic_motivation_and_the_16_basic_desires_theory
  13. 13. Game mechanics card game Buy the PlayGen cards here: http://gamification.playgen.com/

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