Contests & Activities: January 25, 2023 Issue [#11744]
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 This week: Gamification
  Edited by: Annette
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

“A game is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something we’re good at (or getting better at) and enjoy. In other words, gameplay is the direct emotional opposite of depression.” ― Jane McGonigal

“I never ask them, “Do you have badges?” I ask, “Do you make your users feel accomplished?” ― Yu-kai Chou

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Letter from the editor


While gamification has its roots in the 1970s, the word "gamification" was coined in 2003 and the type of gamification that we meet in so many places now dates back to about 2010. The idea behind gamification is to increase engagement with non-preferred activities. Or to make difficult things more fun to learn, appreciate, and do more of because we want to. Does anyone remember Xerox printers of the 1990s? A little bunny was on the pixelated display and walked a user through the menu. While the bunny didn't exactly play with the user, it created a different experience in contrast to the functional menus of other copy machines.

Even if you think that you have never taken part in gamification, you have. Gamification is all around in most everything we do.

Writing.Com is one such place where gamification helps to keep us engaged and interested. Those of us who are motivated by numbers can track everything in our Member Activity area on our Community page. That is one of the many ways we can measure our own involvement and compare it to others on the site. But that is not all.

*Bullet* There are the actual games we can play in the IM console.

*Bullet* Community Recognition (that number between our handle and suitcase) grows the more we interact and the longer we stay on the site as members.

*Bullet* Most contests and activities give out Merit Badges. Those used to be limited to those designed by the site owners. "My Precious

*Bullet* For some time now, we can design our own, exclusive badges to be hand-made by The StoryMistress . "Commission a Custom Merit Badge

*Bullet* Awards to be affixed to either an item or to an author's whole portfolio are another way we can reward each other for a job well done. And we have the ability to ask for the creation of an award that is unique to our purpose. "Commission a Custom Awardicon

*Bullet* Trinkets came on the scene and took the site by storm sometime in 2016. "Trinkets We can make them ourselves and use them in many different ways. Create a new Trinket  

Gamification for creative people is only limited by our imagination. We can come up with so many ways to motivate each other to write more, review more, and genuinely have fun with writing. Go ahead, take writing serious. But play games with words too.

What kind of enhancements make you want to take part in contests and activities?

Editor's Picks

Twenty-three in Eleven   (13+)
I Write in 2023
#2284057 by Annette

Dear Me: Official WDC Contest  (E)
What are *your* goals for the new year? Think it over, write a letter and win big prizes!
#597313 by Writing.Com Support

Magic Poetry Contest  (13+)
A contest for fantasy poetry. Fantastic prizes. CLOSED
#2107500 by A E Willcox

The Place for Seniors!
#427318 by Monty

StAG Firebox - Closed for judging  (13+)
Steampunk fiction competition
#1781446 by Beck Fires the Boiler!

The Weekly Quickie Contest  (18+)
Can you excite in 690 words? Romance+ Contest, March Theme: Green
#1355442 by Dawn Embers

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
MARCH: Story, The Ides of "MARSH" OR Prompt 2 Dialogue only with a Leprechaun,
#981150 by StephBee

The Happiness Port Project  (E)
This is a 6-month or 1-year activity... Come and join in. The Happiness Port Project.
#2218371 by Sunny

Habit Heroes   (13+)
A challenge to inspire positive daily habits and friendship. You can earn cool prizes too!
#2165720 by 🌸 pwheeler ~ happy spring!

The Great Novel Review Exchange  (13+)
A meeting place for novelists and novel reviewers, with a little added incentive.
#2285924 by Brandiwyn🎶

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