EP86: Gamification Revolution - Nick Yee

December 16, 2015

Decoding the Psychology of Video Gamers with Nick Yee

Last week, we featured Quantic Foundry co-founder and analytics lead, Nick Yee to talk about Quantic Foundry’s Gaming Motivation Model. Combining social science and data science, Nick’s team was able to decipher users gaming behaviors and motivations through the unique framework.

Watch the full interview below to learn about:

  • How Nick’s team designed and developed the gaming motivation model?
  • What was the experience like studying social science (i.e. conducting an academic survey) using social media?
  • What were the most surprising findings when studying the user’s age and gender on their gaming motivation?
  • Did the gaming motivation framework enabled Nick’s team to establish user persona’s of their survey participants?
  • What are the 2 schools of thought in explaining the relationship between data points?
  • How can the gamer motivation framework be applied in the real world, beyond the context of video games alone?

Bonus: Interested to find out about your gamer motivation profile? Try taking the survey here.


EP85: Gamification Revolution - Leo Trottier

December 14, 2015

CleverPet: Fulfilling Idle Pets Cognitive Needs with Leo Trottier

Last time, we featured CleverPet Inc. founder & CEO, Leo Trottier to discuss about the company’s gamified device, CleverPet. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the device provides engaging stimulation for a more active lifestyle desired by bored, lonely dogs.

Watch the full interview below to learn about:

  • How does CleverPet works and what are its capabilities?
  • How did the idea of creating a interactive gamified device for dogs came about?
  • What would game design looks like from a dog’s perspective? Would the design and interaction differ if it was made for cats?
  • How did the team go about tested the design gamified device?
  • What kind of complex behaviors the devices aims to instill beyond basic gameplay stimulation?
  • Were there concerns raised on the the impact of applying operant conditioning on pets?

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