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The roots of gamification started out from with the concept of ‘funware’. Gabe Zicherman coined this concept at 2008 and defined it as ‘the art and science of turning your customer‘s everyday interactions into games that serve your business purposes' (Zichermann& Linder, 2010).

Actually, in the second half of 2010, within the video game and digital media industry, the new term ‘Gamification’ was popularized by several industry players.

Gabe Zichermann (2010) defines gamification as ‘the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems’.

Another definition of gamification is "the use of game design elements in non-game contexts" (Deterding et al, 2011, p.1).

The key point of the term ‘Gamification’ is that it aggregates elements of game-playing (game design, game mechanics, game dynamics and game aesthetics) in a non-game context. Towards this, applying gamification to education implies use of game-playing elements in such a way that it will engage students in the learning process and motivate them to strive for excellence.

Game Design Game Mechanics Game Dynamics Game Aesthetics


Seven design principles of games that
support players/gamers immerse themselves into the world that the game creates:

  1. Inclusion of visual cues measuring progress and experience.
  2. Rapid feedback provided through the progression dynamic.
  3. Multiple long and short-term goals.
  4. Rewards for effort and task completion.
  5. Appointment dynamic.
  6. An element of uncertainty.
  7. Collaboration with other game users.

Constructs of rules and techniques:
  • Points
  • Levels
  • Challenges, Trophies, Badges, Achievements
  • Leaderboards
Some of the most indicative desires and motivations are:
  • Reward
  • Status
  • Achievement
  • Self-expression
  • Competition
  • Altruism
The desirable emotional responses evoked in the player while he interacts with the game
Emotions like:

  • Fun
  • Trust
  • Surprise
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