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#6594166 Aug 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
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This is from MindShift on KQED.
What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?
"The best way to think about games in education is not to automatically call everything that looks like fun a “learning game.” Lumping all digital game approaches together makes no more sense than a toddler’s inclination to call every four-legged animal a “doggie.”
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#7457835 Mar 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
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Game interest is definitely on the upswing in K-12 and higher education. It seems almost cyclical: every several years, almost in sync with the acceptance of new technologies, there’s a surge of activity with games in education.
Gamification is the current bright-shiny of the three terms – and, as a result, is the most used and frequently misused.
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#7671842 Apr 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Interesting perspective! Below, a blog post from Brent Simmons, who's extremely critical of gamification, with some reason.

A cousin of mine who manages a call centre says that "gamification" is huge but is viewed somewhat cynically in the industry.

See:
Simmons, Brent. 2011. “‘Gamification’ Sucks.” Inessential. http://inessential.com/2011/12/23/gamification_sucks.
(Being "down under" doesn't make me backward)
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