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Understanding Gamification Through Goal-Setting Theory

Understanding Gamification Through Goal-Setting Theory

Written by Gustavo Tondello of the HCI Games Group. Goal-setting theory has been used for decades to explain how to motivate people to perform better in work-related tasks by setting and monitoring goals. Gamification is also inherently a goal-oriented activity, aimed at fostering motivation; therefore, it is logic to expect that these two practices would fit very well together and help us design better motivational experiences . . . (Read More)
The Shadows That Tug at the Edges of Your Apprehensions: A Reflection of How Stealth Games Affect the Mind.

The Shadows That Tug at the Edges of Your Apprehensions: A Reflection of How Stealth Games Affect the Mind.

Stealth games are rather common in today’s video game culture. Popular titles such as Metal Gear Solid, Thief, Assassins Creed, The Last of Us, Hitman, Sly Cooper, and Splinter Cell often come to mind when discussing challenging yet exhilarating games. These games provide an overwhelming sense of immersion as difficult tasks draw the player in, demanding concentration and purposeful decision making throughout the majority of the gameplay . . . (Read More)
IEEE GEM 2014

IEEE GEM 2014

This year, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society launched the Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference series, following the success of the previous International Games Innovation Conferences. Uniting the worlds of research and industry expertise, the conference serves as a platform for examining the current state of the art in game development and user research . . . (Read More)