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8. Tapping the Emotions – FUN

What Makes Games Engaging?

  • Games are FUN

Mary Poppins “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.

What Things are Fun?

  • Winning
  • Problem-solving (surmounting challenges)
  • Exploring (e.g. finding something new)
  • Chilling out (e.g. relaxing at the beach)
  • Teamwork (people generally enjoy cooperation and collaboration)
  • Recognition (being told of doing a good job)
  • Triumphing (winning over losers)
  • Collecting (e.g. collecting stamps, coins)
  • Surprise (something unexpected)
  • Imagination (e.g. day dreaming)
  • Sharing (people generally feel good when sharing)
  • Role playing
  • Customization (making something of our own)
  • Goofing off (exploring the opportunity to be silly)

Nicole Lazzaro’s 4 Keys to More Emotion Without Story

1. Easy Fun

  • Fun that is casual, light and nice
  • e.g. chilling out, goofing, hanging out with friends

2. Hard Fun

  • Fun that represents accomplishment
  • e..g challenges, problem solving, mastery, competition, overcoming obstacles

3. People Fun

  • Fun that requires people
  • e.g. socializing, interacting with others, working as a team

4. Serious Fun

  • Serious real objectives that are meaningful
  • e.g. working on something good for the planet, for the family, for the community

Marc LeBlanc’s 8 Kinds of Fun

1. Sensation

2. Fantasy

3. Narrative

4. Challenge

5. Fellowship

6. Discovery

7. Expression

8. Submission

Takeaways

  • Fun can (and should) be designed
  • Fun can be challenging
  • Appeal to different kinds of fun

Thefuntheory.org

  1. The Play Belt
  2. Bottle Bank Arcade Machine
  3. The Speed Camera Lottery
  4. The Piano Staircase
  5. The World’s Deepest Bin

Example: Linkedin

  • Profile completeness progress bar
    • Feedback
    • Progression
    • Completion
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