From HTML5’s limits to a different gamification

I’ve recently given a talk on “Html5 game and gamification from the trenches” at Codemotion. Here are the slides on Slideshare:

The core of my argument goes this way: HTML5 as a mobile platform effectively supports a very limited range of technical choices for animations and sounds. This can be frustrating, but it is not impossible to build games that are fun and gamified solutions that are effective using limited means.

HTML5 developers approaching game and gamification should become aware of the need of putting a considerable effort in storyboarding and mechanics design, in forms quite different from those required by web applications. I propose two different definitions of gamification, that IMHO should be kept as separate when discussing this topic.

This is my definition of Black Hat Gamification:

Black Hat Gamification
Definition. Adding points, badges, leaderboards & incentives to an existing application in order to increase addictiveness.

This is my definition proposal for White Hat Gamification:

White Hat Gamification
Proposal. Gamifying means creating an application that defines a meaningful narrative through game design elements and… it is not a game (though it should be fun).

To get more in depth about gamifications, see A Quick Buck by Copy and Paste and other writings by Sebastian Deterding to learn more about this. You can find me on twitter here.

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A JavaScript game prototype: The System

Here you can play a game Pino and myself developed in JavaScript + CSS3 for “modern” browsers i.e. HTML5.

the system board

Works fine on the iPad, and its ideal when played by several human players. The game design is not mine, comes from a board game, and the porting / transformation is not complete yet, but checking this game could be a practical way of learning the basics of game prototyping using very simple JavaScript.

This game is particularly simple as it is turn-based; now I’m creating a very simple JavaScript framework for real time games – will publish that too soon.

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