Life is hard and then you…playPosted by Horst Streck on Sep 28, 2014 in Gamification blog posts | 16 comments
Games are part of our culture, all of our youngsters play them. But why? First of all it’s nothing new, really it isn’t. Humans have played all kinds of games for thousands of years. Not only humans play, animals do it as well. Look at little kittens, they play through their first months of their lives. Even when they grow up, they won’t stop playing. It’s more or less the same with humans. In our childhood we played hide and seek, or tag and many other games. Some of us played war games, that could be recognized as a role playing game. So, if you played war games, dressed up like a cowboy, or knight, you where larping. Yes, you too! In our homes we used to play all kind of card and board games. Not much changed. Kids today play video games, these games just evolved. So when the former generation says: “we don’t get it why those kids play so much!”, they just have to think about their own childhood.
In all honesty, games evolved big time! It’s unbelievable how dynamic and realistic they are. Compared to any other industry it’s amazing how fast this one innovates. That’s why these games are so appealing to our kids, young adults, adults and even seniors. Games aren’t the new normal, they are the old normal. Modern games are just irresistible and more importantly they are a welcome escape from reality. Many people don’t handle reality that well nowadays. Reality is complicated, which has an impact on people in general. Some can’t find happiness, or can’t stop consuming, or aren’t able to make a decent earning, or fail over and over again, or lost the love of their live. Many of us simply don’t feel appreciated. That’s why we desperately want to escape from reality.
It seems only logical that we infuse the things we love about games into reality, so that we appreciate life more. A very simple philosophy if you think about it. By doing so we will bring back play into our lives, where it belongs. Believe me, there is a reason why we did it when we were children. Within our culture grownups aren’t supposed to play and that’s a big mistake. By playing we allow ourselves to: have fun, learn, cooperate easily, not give up without a fight, get an energy boost. In which case we don’t need to escape from reality that often.
Is it too bold to state that Gamification (the infusion of game elements into anything) can increase the quality of life?