Sandbox Gamification: the next big thing!Posted by Horst Streck on Jul 14, 2013 in Gamification blog posts | 12 comments
Holliday season! A lot of people will bring their family to the beach; after the dessert the largest Sandbox that exists on this planet. The sandbox at the beach is better for our creativity, because it’s next to water. Water and sand are the only ingredients our young children need, to shape their imagination. They can spend hours and hours in the sand building the weirdest structures and guess what? Daddy is always there to assist. Because in his heart Daddy still loves playing with sand as well. Even if Daddy denies this there are thousands of impressive sand sculptures that are build by adult hands. Building things where one is only limited by imagination seems to be inspiring to many of us.
The reason why sandbox games are so popular does not differ from the reason why people like to play with sand and water. The things that people build with these raw materials are just incredible. A lot of people are creative and get enjoyment out of building things. Children that play in a sandbox are prove that it starts at a very young age.
In sandbox games we are given the opportunity to be creative again. If we want to bring this powerful tool to the real world, the difficult part would be creating the building blocks. The building blocks are a layer above specific, difficult to understand, elements. Those building blocks are in the eyes of the builder understandable raw material, that makes it possible for none specialists to create something useful. This approach makes it possible to:
- create new products;
- develop city plans;
- improve organizations.
Another powerfull Gamification mechanism that we can borrow from the game industry. A good real life sandbox mechanism makes crowd innovation possible. That’s why it’s the next big thing, innovation is key to survive in modern times. When it becomes possible to innovate with a lot of people together, innovation will occur more often and faster than ever before. Combined with a meaningful challenge mechanism the crowd will be fully charged to innovate.