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.

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Behind the facially value-neutral fad of SEL in NYC lies a peculiar mix of intersectionality, the gamification of social relations, and pop-psychology ideas of mental health. Max C. Eden, National Review, "The Latest Education-Policy Fad Amounts to Social and Emotional Engineering," 27 Aug. 2019 Tallies of likes are precisely the kind of gamification techniques that social-media platforms use to get consumers hooked. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience," 19 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere, the Lunar Exercise and Activity Platform (LEAP) by Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia focuses on keeping people healthy using gamification. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Students Built Fake Moon Bases Under the Swiss Alps," 28 June 2019 Others are attracted by the widespread professionalization and gamification of the hacking world. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 Obviously everyone knows about Tinder and knows about dating and the changing nature of dating and the gamification. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Swiping on Tinder is addictive. That’s partly because it was inspired by an experiment that ‘turned pigeons into gamblers.’," 19 Sep. 2018 Many water companies in California created gamification apps to reward conservation during the drought, which were credited with helping to achieve the state’s water-use goals. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The problem with turning urban challenges into games," 20 July 2018 Level 1: Gamify The power of gamification resonates with James Tanaka, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Victoria in Canada. Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, "Can science-based video games help kids with autism?," 22 June 2018 But Klout's success in getting people to sign up and give access to their social media feed data was built largely on users' need to rank themselves—and the gamification of a total abandonment of privacy. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Klout is out—social media mojo-ranking service to shutter," 10 May 2018

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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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