Yesterday, I spent the afternoon playing Killer Bunnies. It’s a card game I had never played before. The idea is to keep your bunny alive whilst trying to eliminate your opponents bunn(y)(ies). In the meantime you collect or buy carrots and when all the carrots have been collected the game ends and if one of the carrots you collected matches the secret carrot picked at the beginning of the game you win.
It took a while to get the hang of it, but once I had, it was a lot of fun.
These are a few things I can think of why games are fun even when you don’t know how to play.
1.You have fun when you play and learn at the same time.
2.You are not under pressure to do well and it doesn’t matter if you loose (fail to win)
3.You don’t have to understand what your doing to do well, you’ll pick it up as you go along.
4.Innocent competition makes you want to keep playing.
When you’re playing a game these things are not on top of your mind, but if you think about it there are bound to be other areas outside of playing a game that this way of learning already applies.
Of course, I could now go on and write more about the principles of gamification, but I’m not going to. I don’t know enough about that yet. Maybe later though.