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Why Gamification Is Not the Solution for Everything

Why Gamification Is Not the Solution for Everything
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Author(s): Tiago Pereira da Silva (Independent Researcher, Portugal)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Solving Modern Healthcare Challenges With Gamification
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ricardo Alexandre Peixoto de Queirós (uniMAD, Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design, Portugal) and António José Marques (LabRP, School of Health, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7472-0.ch002


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Gamification is a very well-known design technique in software development that applies the principles of gaming to non-gaming contexts and environments to increase the user adaptation and engagement of applications. Examples of gamified applications can be seen across all kinds of software categories from health to finance, always with the same goal: provide a better experience to the end-user. This chapter reflects upon the user feedback of gamified applications, especially on health sector, and concludes that gamification is not a solution that can be successfully applied to every context. In the end, industry standard alternatives to gamification are analyzed in order to produce high quality non-gamified applications.

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