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Does Gamification Work in the Software Development Process?

Does Gamification Work in the Software Development Process?

Written by Alberto Mora. Puede leer la versión en español de este post aquí. A lot has been written about the benefits of gamification in recent years. When people talk about gamification they generally focus on sectors such as education, marketing, sales, energy, and health. However, there are a variety of different areas that could benefit from gamification, but have not been thoroughly explored, such as software development . . . (Read More)

Pokémon Go has arrived in Canada

Written by Lennart E. Nacke, Director of the HCI Games Group. It happened this afternoon. I was on a weekend trip. Outside of town. Pokémon Go finally arrived in Canada. I did not believe what happened next. Pokémon GO is now available in Canada! Discover and capture Pokémon all around you. pic.twitter . . . (Read More)
Gamification of Physical Activity: Spirit50

Gamification of Physical Activity: Spirit50

Written by Dennis L. Kappen and Lennart E. Nacke HCI Games Group collaborated with Erin Billowits, founder and owner of Vintage Fitness, a Toronto based health and wellness company catering to the fitness training needs of adults of age 50 years and older. Vintage Fitness aimed to engage older adults in daily exercise routines by catering to the specialized needs of  the demographic and tailoring fitness routines based on health conditions of older adults . . . (Read More)
Playful Interactions at CHI PLAY 2015

Playful Interactions at CHI PLAY 2015

The HCI Games Group attended and presented several works at CHI PLAY 2015, the second edition of the ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. CHI PLAY is an international and interdisciplinary conference for researchers and professionals of all areas of play, games, and human-computer interaction, which fosters discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundations for the future of digital play . . . (Read More)

The HCI Games Group will be at CHI PLAY 2015

The HCI Games Group will be at CHI PLAY 2015 next week in London, UK! If you are going to the Conference, come play our game CHI PLAYGUE with us! CHI PLAYGUE is a conference game designed to facilitate interaction among strangers and encourage social networking. To defend from a cybernetic alien invasion, each participant of CHI PLAY 2015 will have to interact with as many other participants as they can, to build Earth’s defenses . . . (Read More)
The Gameful World

The Gameful World

The Gameful World is a book that aims to examine the key challenges of gamification and the ludification of culture, or, as presented by the editors, the Gameful World. It contains essays from more than 50 acknowledged experts representing both academia and industry. The collection is edited by Steffen P . . . (Read More)
Heroes of the Storm vs. League of Legends – Part II – Player Progression

Heroes of the Storm vs. League of Legends – Part II – Player Progression

For those just joining, please see the first article in this series for an introduction to MOBA’s and general overview of this design discussion. http://hcigames.com/news/heroes-of-the-storm-vs-league-of-legends-a-game-design-breakdown/ Player Progression – Gold vs. Experience With the introduction to MOBAs out of the way, we delve a little deeper… This article in the series has been written to address one of the most fundamental design differences that exist between these two games:  The two currencies that allow players’ champions/heroes to gain access to items and more powerful abilities . . . (Read More)