15 Inspirational Quotes About Gamification

"Games are the new normal."


Posted by Ali Akhtari on 2018 Sep 19

Gamification—or the use of game elements and game thinking in non-game environments to increase engagement and improve better targeting— is one of the rookie terms in business. But in less than a decade, gamification has become one of the most popular topics in marketing, education, and HR. In this context, we want to share the most profound quotes about gamification. Now and after becoming a super-trend in the business, the gamification industry is moving toward stability as the industry is dropping out the phony gamified solutions and dilettante gamifiers. However, there are credible and reliable gamification experts, too—who are developing gamification concepts. We are going to explore the best quotes about gamification or related to it.

Quotes About Gamification

That’s what games are, in the end. Teachers. Fun is just another word for learning. ― Raph Koster
“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
"Games are the new normal." - Al Gore
"Gamification is the design that places the most emphasis on human motivation in the process. In essence, it is Human-Focused Design (as opposed to “function-focused design”)." - Yu-Kai Chou
“The truth is, simply incorporating game mechanics and game elements does not make a game fun.” ― Yu-kai Chou
“I never ask them, “Do you have badges?” I ask, “Do you make your users feel accomplished?” ― Yu-kai Chou
“many students who neglect school and get in trouble all the time aren’t like that because they are dumb or dislike learning - they just don’t see the purpose of learning the subjects that are taught in class.” ― Yu-kai Chou
“Games are the only force in the known universe that can get people to take actions against their self-interest, predictably, without applying force.” ― Gabe Zichermann
“A game is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something we’re good at (or getting better at) and enjoy. In other words, gameplay is the direct emotional opposite of depression.” ― Jane McGonigal
"It's a bit counter-intuitive to think about the future regarding the past. But I've learned an important trick: to develop foresight, you need to practice hindsight. Technologies, cultures, and climates may change, but our basic human needs and desires - to survive, to care for our families, and to lead happy, purposeful lives - remain the same.” ― Jane McGonigal
“During this kind of highly structured, self-motivated, hard work, Csikszentmihalyi wrote, we regularly achieve the greatest form of happiness available to human beings: intense, optimistic engagement with the world around us. We feel fully alive, full of potential and purpose--in other words, we are completely activated as human beings.” ― Jane McGonigal
“Games make us happy because they are hard work that we choose for ourselves, and it turns out that almost nothing makes us happier than good, hard work.” ― Jane McGonigal
“You may say you're "anti-status," but if you filled a room with people who said that, they would soon form a status hierarchy based on how anti-status each person claims to be.” ― Loretta Graziano Breuning
"You can’t design a gamified experience only by adding points, badges, and leaderboards to it. Gamification is an art. And every gamified adventure is unique. So you won’t be able to find a repetitive pattern to make every experience engaging over and over again." -Ali Akhtari
“Game developers know better than anyone else how to inspire extreme effort and reward hard work. They know how to facilitate cooperation and collaboration at previously unimaginable scales. And they are continuously innovating new methods to motivate players to stick with harder challenges, for longer, and in much bigger groups. These crucial twenty-first-century skills can help all of us find new ways to make a deep and lasting impact on the world around us.” ― Jane McGonigal
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