I’ve always loved playing, learning, and games. It isn’t until the past few years that I’ve really started thinking more about gamification, what it means, how it plays a role in my life, and how I can learn from it to make better products on the web. I can’t remember who, but a friend on Twitter posted a link to a slideshare presentation “Meaningful Play. Getting Gamification Right.”
I went through each slide reading the notes at the bottom and thinking through each slide. I am genuinely impressed by the thought that has gone into this presentation. In a moment of awesomeness, I experienced an aha moment on slide #103. I found the key to understanding something that has left me perplexed since my childhood.
Back when I was younger, I was often charged with doing the dishes. I hated doing the dishes! Or, so I thought that I hated doing the dishes. Several times I had decided that I wanted to surprise my mom and do the dishes without her asking instead of the often, “Michael, will you PLEASE do the dishes?!”. Walking into the kitchen I was excited to do something nice for my mom until I heard, “Will you please do the dishes Michael?”. I was furious and my mom was confused. Even though my mom asked nicely, what changed when she asked that made me so mad? I finally understood today on slide #103. Enjoy! : )
(be sure to go through the slides in full screen)