What is Commitment Bias?

“I bought a jeep. Only an idiot would buy a bad car. I can’t be an idiot. Therefore, this Jeep must be great.”

Also known as the ‘Concord Fallacy’ or the ‘Sunk cost’ fallacy, ‘Escalation of commitment’ or ‘commitment bias’.

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References

Why Jane McGonigal’s ‘TED Talk: Gaming can make a better world’ is good

Goes for twenty minutes, Jane’s amazing, great arguments for the ways that games can change the world for the better.

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https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world

Which Gabe Zichermann book should I buy? – Book review

Gabe’s written three books at the time of writing and each is a testament to his wealth of knowledge and excitement for the field.

All of Gabe’s books are great. He’s been the undisputed champion and advocate of gamifiaction since it gathered a bit of buzz-wordiness many years ago. His language is easy to follow and with just a little hint of the casual.

When I undertook one of Gabe’s workshops in Sydney in 2008 it became quickly apparent that the excited nature and energy that comes through in his books is a him up and down.

  • Go with ‘The Gamification Revolution: How Leaders Leverage Game Mechanics to Crush the Competition – 2013‘ if…
    • You want Gabe’s “more recent” thinking
    • You want some more in depth definitions on game mechanics
    • You wanna get excited about gamification
      (Full review)
  • Go with ‘Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps – 2011‘ if…
    • You wanna hear the gist of what Gabe’s on about
    • You’re not concerned by price – this book is silly expensive for some reason
    • You wanna see an example and screenshots of a third party Gamification tool
      (Full review)
  • Go with ‘Game-Based Marketing: Inspire Customer Loyalty Through Rewards, Challenges, and Contests – 2010‘ if…
    • You want a little more depth than could be gathered from Gabe’s other book
    • You wanna see where it all started
      (Full review)

What is gamification?

Bit of a buzzword, some great thinking behind it though

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References

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What is a game?

Man, the most dangerous game? Sorry, he doesn’t fit the definition

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References

Jesse Schell

Ideas

This website is still very much in a trial (playing around with ideas for content) type of a  state. Feel free to have a look through. 😀

  • Fully referenced glossary of Gamification / Game Design terms
  • Referrals to books (affiliate links)
  • Posts
    • Review books /authors:
      • Gabe Zichermann
      • Jane McGonigal
      • Mario Hertz
      • Yukai Cho?
  • Projects
    • Epicard
    • Puzzle trails
    • Narratives
  • Other platforms?
    • List of Game mechanics – other platform
    • Transformation of everyday things – photo / image-based
    • LinkedIn – but not for the purposes of the ass.
      Further reading – other platform (initially – for assignment)