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Loyalty Schemes Vs Gamification

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on June 1, 2011

In many ways Gamification is an evolution of the long lived Loyalty Scheme. But so much better, and the evidence exists even at the simplest level – the words themselves.

Loyalty Scheme: Firstly the word loyalty seems very one way. It was / is as if the company expects us to be loyal to them. And although one might argue that loyalty is a two way street, the second word of the phrase is the giveaway – ‘Scheme’. Yep, sounds like some kind of a trick to me. A scheme to make us believe we are getting a good deal, when in truth we are just a number on some kind of cost / benefit analysis spreadsheet. Intuitively, schemes feel like there is a winner and a loser.

Gamificiation: Games are fun. We spend most of our childhood playing them and find as many excuses as possible to play them as adults. ‘Who wants to come to the football this Friday night?’ A game needs at least two willing parties or organisations to play. Sometimes we can collaborate and form teams and clubs and divisions and theme songs and have awards nights and weekend getaways. We can celebrate wins together and lament the losses, either way we like to return to the game and try and win, or even better our own score, although it’s collaborative, it’s also personal. The game is the ‘thing’, not the result of it. Games contrive all of the important human emotions that make our hearts beat.

Play is human. Great games even turn into industries.

Yep, it feels to me that gamification facilitated via Moore’s law is here to stay.

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  1. S A said, on June 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Games, as we know it, offer nothing of material value.

  2. nice to have found this blog..hope to have good time ahead here..

  3. Karli Peerce said, on June 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Great article Steve. I read an interesting article today, on gamification, even at work http://www.xydo.com/toolbar/21781874-study_most_americans_want_gamification_at_work

    Like you said, play is human. No reason it shouldn’t extend to the workplace!


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