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Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 30 ago 2011

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Gabe Zichermann is an author, public speaker, serial entrepreneur, and the foremost expert on the subject of gamification. His book, Game-Based Marketing (Wiley, 4/2010) has achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. Zichermann is also the author of the Gamification Blog at and chair of the Gamification Summit and Workshops.

Christopher Cunningham is a software architect and developer who helped found ChroniQL, an early gamification solution; beamME, a mobile social application; and TrekMail, a breakthrough mobile email/text application. Christopher has deep expertise with agile development processes and distributed team management.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 208 pagine
  • Editore: O'Reilly Media; 1 edizione (30 agosto 2011)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1449397670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397678
  • Peso di spedizione: 408 g
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Formato: Copertina flessibile
Un'introduzione a come implementare gli strumenti di gamification, soprattutto nei siti. Il manuale é decisamente focalizzato sull'hands-on, ovvero poca teoria e molti esempi pratici e decisamente utile per chi é interessato a progettare un business online implementando strategie di attrazione attraverso giochi e meccanismi di gioco. Meno per chi invece vuole implementare la gamification in altri contesti.

I primi capitoli che spiegano gli elementi base delle strategie di Gamification (molto efficace la parte su Mechanics e Dynamics) sono decisamente utili. Spiegazione chiara e ricca di esempi, poca teoria e molta applicazione.

Il capitolo sui Case Studies é utile per vedere ancora di più messi in pratica i concetti base espressi nel libro, alla luce del resto del libro sarebbe stato più utile un capitolo ancora più lungo sull'argomento.

I capitoli finali dedicati a come programmare una piattaforma di gamification sono stati per me assolutamente inutili: per chi cerca un manuale di idee nuove, questo capitolo é troppo limitato ad una sola applicazione. Per giunta richiede abilità di programmazione che francamente delegherei a qualcun altro. Anche dal punto di vista teorico ripetono solamente quanto già detto.

Una buona introduzione ai principali tools di gamification, a patto che si cerchi solo questo.
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Il libro è ben scritto, veloce da leggere. Per un'introduzione alla gamification a mio avviso è ottimo. Offre immediatamente una visone di insieme, ha un'architettura dell'informazione molto chiara.
L'unico neo, motivo per cui non ha preso 5 stelle, è il formato kindle. Nel libro sono presenti diverse illustrazioni e qualche tabella. Sulle immagini passi, anche se il bianco e nero spesso fa perdere dettagli importanti, sulle tabelle invece l'usabilità è infima, si perde completamente la visione d'insieme.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Feels like an ad for the authors website 11 marzo 2012
Di Andrew Hamblin - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The whole book reads like an add for the authors website. The book wasn't totally useless, but the "ad-like" tone was unacceptable for a product I paid for.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Gamification Didn't Invent the World 9 aprile 2012
Di G. Barber - Pubblicato su
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This book was published in 2011 so it seems to have been written late 2010. This is a telling factor on some of the examples given in the book, more on that later. As with most titles of this type it is very US centric, which really should have been looked at.

It deals with an introduction to gamification techniques, at 170 pages, it's a quick read, even more so if you skip sections.

The book discusses aspects of loyalty generation, motivation both intrinsic and extrinsic, overall game mechanics, engagement and reinforcement techniques. Pretty much all the major techniques are covered off reasonably well.

A good quarter of the book is a developmental tutorial involving step wise (using ruby) code examples of gamification. Which I didn't find to be that useful at all.

The final chapter is nothing more than a sponsored insert, like those brought "sponsor" talks at conferences, this was a waste of space. Plus it dealt with badges, which are the worst aspect of gamiification.

When you read this book you aren't really sure if you are reading a book on gamification or game design. So many times the examples quoted where just pure games, games that people would use as distractors or time fillers rather than example of commercial sites or applications using the same techniques for commercial gain.

The case studies that I was hoping to be a core aspect of the book, seemed to be too brief or in several cases dated very quickly; such as [...] or[...]. However the examples dating is often an issue with light weight tech books.

Maybe this is a US thing, but Yahoo Answers have never been relevant here. It just seemed overloaded with bad information, even years ago. Quora well that's really slid into a place of all noise no information in the last year.

Also some case studies I have never heard of.. like[...], again I'll assume it's a US thing like Starbucks or the like.

A good deal of the time a found myself wanting to see the research, or the data at least, behind the bold statements on behaviour on this or that technique, now I'm sure Zichermann has them, but why aren't they in the book.

After a while it just became a very frustrating read.

In fact if I hadn't been using an ebook version I know I would have thrown this book across the room a good number of times. As a UX consultant I read lot, and frankly this book although technically good, just lacked supporting documentation. I would have normally discarded this book into the reject pile within the first few chapters.

Maybe I'm not the best person to review this book. I'm not a current gamer. I used to be, then I discovered life is too precious to be wasted on mindless addictive games that don't get you anywhere.

So when the authors talk about engaging people, about hooking them in with leader boards, achievements or other methods, I understand the concept, but just don't get as to why people would be sucked in.

Sure I understand the techniques, but on a personal level what's not to stop the person returning to the real world and abandoning this silly internal quest an app or site has set for them.

Maybe I need to see this happening with real people with some user testing.

There really has to be something in it for the user beyond stupid badges - yes I do mean Four Square - another poster child in this book. A good deal of the good assumes it know why the techniques are working, but doesn't show any details.

Then there is also a the ethics of all this tobe considered, with addictive gamification hooking a user into a almost gambling like habit isn't really that ethical. Its nice the way this book neatly sidesteps the issue. Not even referring to ethical aspect left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Being aware of ethical of nay UX manipulation of an audience is something any UX professional needs to be aware of.

Anything in the UX world that is a design pattern or now standard technique for engagement or audience retention has it seems has suddenly become a gamification aspect. For example from forum post ranking to star rating to summary control panels these are all now gamification. Years ago in 2000 they were called community engagement.

Now I have followed, seen, used and designed lots of these techniques as they have developed over the years, I can tell you they didn't appear suddenly from the world of games design.

There seems to be an over zealous desire to label everything as being from "game design" in this book.

If you are a developer or designer is this book any good? Well yes and no.

It's a good introduction text in relation to the techniques and what behavioural effects they are meant to have. But I would take the examples with a grain of salt.

As a UX consultant I could have lost half the book without noticing.

It's not a badly written book. It does show you the techniques and methods used in gamification, for that I've given it 3 stars. If you just want the core information, then yes this book does supply that. Some say it's the number one book in gamification, this isn't my view.

I have this feeling throughout the book maybe the editor should have been a little more questioning of the references than the code.

If you do buy this book, please go get the cheaper ebook. Save yourself some money.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Disappointing 2 luglio 2012
Di Johnathan Petricini - Pubblicato su
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At a mere 169 pages I was hoping for at least some deep concepts for applying game mechanics to other projects of interest and instead got 169 pages describing how modern social media websites are designed. There is very little content as many of the pages are filled with graphics and notes which leaves about 3 paragraphs per page which leads to being able to read the book in an hour. Furthermore it is evident that the authors do not have much experience and/or knowledge of the subject due to the poor examples and comparisons they use. The title of the book should of been 'Designing social media sites like Facebook'.

Bottom line: If you know absolutely nothing about the current trends that are used in social media (i.e. achievements, badges, avatars, virtual currency, etc..) then I would recommend using a social media site like Facebook and/or explore the site and some web applications over buying this book. This book would be 'okay' as a $5 stocking stuffer for a 14 year old Facebook developer and a big coffee coaster for everyone else. The reason why it gets two stars is due to the quality of the paper. It has a nice thickness that you will not be afraid of ripping the pages when flipping through the book and all the graphics are in color which is nice. If you really, really, really, want to read this book then I would find it for cheap or visit a local bookstore that has it and read it there.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Mechanical introduction 25 marzo 2012
Di Ilya Grigorik - Pubblicato su
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"Gamification" appears to have passed its inflection point in the hype cycle: not so long ago everyone was talking about sprinkling some badges on their site or service as magic pixie dust, and now there is almost a backlash against these oversimplified systems. As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle. A well designed incentive and rewards system can definitely help drive further user engagement, but for this behavior to stick over the long term, it is also clear that it requires much more thinking than simply adding experience points and badges.

The book covers the basic nuts and bolts such as experience points (XP), badges, ladders and rankings. The authors use a message board application (built with Rails) as an example as they walk through a series of tutorials on how to enable each piece. All in all, the examples are simple and clear, but don't expect any deep dives on the psychology or research behind any topic. This is more of a mechanical introduction the main value of which is to simply follow the thinking process behind a "retrofitting a rewards system" use case.

For a more recent discussion and thought-leadership on the subject, check out "Reality is Broken" by Jane McGonigal.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great coverage of Game Mechanics 30 gennaio 2013
Di neozenith - Pubblicato su
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This book has done very well to illustrate the examples of game mechanics with recent games and also match them with business model games like loyalty cards.

Though I imagine the examples will be somewhat dated after a few years the author has done very well dissecting examples of current 'games' I have been suckered into myself.

My favorite quote of the book is: "you have a fundmental choice: be the house, or get played"

The coverage of techniques and motivation strategies is quite good but not too overwhelming. It is a great read even if you skip the programming sections to open your eyes and contemplate how much of the world is a game and how you fall into these on a day to day basis.

Happy hour for example is an appointment game mechanic.

Whether you are a programmer or a business person a book like this I'd certainly put on the shelf next to 'The Art of War'.