You cannot increase the intrinsic value of something by adding game mechanics. You CAN make the value more visible. You CAN change the paradigm and context of your site visitor from user to player – increasing their engagement.
Ian Bogost, Heather Chaplin, and Roy Schmidt Talk News + Gaming. Video and Twitter conversation from Friday night’s talk. Also check out the photo gallery and Whose Headline, the winning project. Saturday was successful in that I spent the entire day playing with Node.js; Saturday could’ve been improved in that I should’ve picked a more familiar framework to actually deliver an idea on deadline.
Gamification: Ditching reality for a game isn’t as fun as it sounds. Scathing rebuttal. Gamification is a “tactic most commonly employed by repressive, authoritarian regimes.”
Ian Bogost on Newsgames. What most forms of traditional media aren’t good at are showing how things work, and that’s exactly what video games are great for. Must listen.