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

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gamify \ ˈgā-​mə-​ˌfī How to pronounce gamify (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 This could include the gamification of the league’s games via app, which would arm the league with more data to further engage its audience. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How the WNBA commissioner sees live sports continuing after the pandemic," 26 May 2020 Its gamification of spin class attracted droves of devotees, but as competitors cropped up, Flywheel foundered. Arianne Cohen,, "Home ‘Smart Bike’ Sales Are Booming, But It May Not Last," 10 May 2020 Asked whether Pioneer has worked with researchers who study gamification and its ethical implications, Gross chuckles. Wired, "Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win," 30 Sep. 2019 The engines driving this change are home-grown players using AI and gamification to skill India’s youth. Shahan Sud, Quartz India, "The global coronavirus scare may be Indian ed-tech’s inflection point," 11 Mar. 2020 This method of crowdsourcing and gamification has paid off in the past. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Could Playing This Game Help Create a Coronavirus Cure?," 3 Mar. 2020 And the European far right have adopted some of the strategies of gamification and propaganda used by the Americans alt right. Madeline Roache, Time, "This Researcher Juggled Five Different Identities to Go Undercover With Far-Right and Islamist Extremists. Here's What She Found," 18 Feb. 2020 Track your progress with gamification elements, such as daily streaks, and check a tally of your time spent meditating. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Making New Year’s resolutions? These free tech apps can help you attain your goals," 30 Dec. 2019 To reskill and upskill the workforce at scale, de Boer suggests manufacturers develop effective technological learning methods, such as gamification and VR or AR learning. Nell Lewis, CNN, "How BMW is trying to modernize manufacturing," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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7 Jun 2020

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“Gamification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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