gam·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌgā-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gamification (audio) \

Definition of gamification

: the process of adding games or gamelike elements to something (such as a task) so as to encourage participation

Other Words from gamification

gamify \ ˈgā-​mə-​ˌfī How to pronounce gamification (audio) \ transitive verb gamified; gamifying; gamifies
Easy-to-use Web- and mobile-based learning platforms … take the boredom out of long training sessions by gamifying the entire process. A training manual is replaced by an interactive game that allows participants to win awards and be acknowledged. — J. J. Rosen

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The basic concept of gamification isn't new, but the word itself is a 21st-century addition to the English lexicon. The word refers to the incorporation of game elements, like point and reward systems, to tasks as incentives for people to participate. In other words, gamification is about making something potentially tedious into a game. Gamification is effective because it taps into people's natural desires for competition and achievement. Teachers, managers, and others use gamification to increase participation and improve productivity. Gamification is also often an essential feature in apps and websites designed to motivate people to meet personal challenges, like weight-loss goals and learning foreign languages; tracking your progress is more fun if it feels like a game.

Examples of gamification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside envisions a kind of gamification that Passport holders participate in on their own terms. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 20 July 2022 Imagine this kind of loyalty-inducing gamification of an event, creating a mashup of being there (in reality) and having the virtual lanyard-style element to prove it forever. Jonathan Kay, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The study also found that gamification in corporate training is the major trend influencing the market growth. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 8 June 2022 Meesho currently counts more than 120 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) on its platform, a number the company aims to increase through investments in social and gamification features. Peggy Anne Salz, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The idea behind gamification is to make a non-game activity deliver the same kinds of psychic and emotional rewards that playing a game can. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 To combat possible gaps in service during high demand peaks or employee lulls, Limitless’ platform predicts behavior patterns, then offers incentives and gamification elements in order to best staff those times. Jessica Lin, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Another important aspect of direct selling today is gamification. George Elfond, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Other platforms experiment with manipulative gamification. New York Times, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gamification

2006, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamification

game entry 1 + -ification

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“Gamification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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