…this blogGamification of Life (Jul '11)

This blog was started on Jun 30, 2012 to tell the world about the two sides of gamification and to start a discussion about the ethics of gamification. It was inspired very much by German guy Markus Breuer and Rajat Paharia. Thank you very much guys! May the force be with you…

Now this blog is not only about gamification, it is also about:

…the author

Photo of Chris Thomas

I’v studied Applied Computer Science at Karlsruhe and am working for a european drugstore chain. So I know a bit from both worlds, from economy and technology. My studies got me very interested in gamification and so I started my very first blog about gamification. Started this blog again in June 2013, after almost a half year break because readership count was a bit disappointing. Now I want to tell you about much more than gamification as you already read above and I am very grateful that you seem to appreciate it.

Enjoy reading, I will enjoy reading and answering your comments!


If you’re wondering what the hell “gamma” stands for: gamified non-manipulative mmorpg-like application. This is my vision that led me to gamification and you can read more about it in my gamification category

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    • Hello you two,
      thank you so much, I really am very thankful for your appreciation! However I decided after receiving a few awards that it is not my reason for being here to write posts in which I answer award questions and award others.
      I will ask people what I want to know, I will reply to most of the questions they ask me and if I love a blog, I will let them know. Hope you understand my point.
      Have a great day,
      P.S.: I really love what you are doing on your blog! πŸ™‚

  1. I nominate you for the Blog of the Year 2013 award (http://prayingforoneday.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/boty-1star.jpg)

    The instructions for this award are simple: 1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award. My choices are:

    On The Light Side Of Gamification


    The Pink Agendist

    Russel Ray Photos


    The Dr. Says


    Randa Lane – Haiku And More!

    Toby And I Together

    These are just a few of my favorite sites. They have all supported me, some from the time I started this blog and have become friends. They always have a positive attitude and pass this attitude on to me. I invite you to visit their blogs.

    2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and β€˜present’ the blog(s) with their award. (I hope this qualifies.)

    3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

    4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

    5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear.

    6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars! I nominate the following blogs for β€œBlogger of the year” stars

    So you now have one from me, if you have one or two, three, four, whatever, already, Google for the image with the stars for the awards you have. This is a VERY prestigious award! Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect! Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different! When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either β€˜swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

    You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: β€˜Blog of The Year 2013β€² Award Badges. Congratulations to all the nominees! I want to add that I love all your blogs!

    You all deserve Blog Of The Year 2013 award! If you leave a link back on my post I would appreciate it.

    • Hey glad you found and liked it πŸ™‚ did you like any special post? Any recommendation where I should start at your blog?
      Have a great day,
      PS thank you very much for your comment!

      • your welcome! Well I like to write many poems and you can see that I wrote two poems so far about Narnia. I heard you are going to Russia? I always wanted to travel and go there as well. Have a good night! πŸ˜€

        • I will check it out soon, thank you πŸ˜‰ yes I will take part in a conference in the end of September πŸ™‚ why have you never been there though? πŸ˜‰ I had a goodnight and now it’s seven o’clock in the morning, thank you πŸ™‚ what time is it at yours?

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  3. Coucou too πŸ™‚
    I see, well have to admit that I never watched Star Trek and that I only watched the whole Star Wars movies during one day πŸ˜‰ But when I started to think about gamification, I thought that I needed something to make clear on which side you should stay and chose Star Wars πŸ˜‰
    Have a great day, too πŸ™‚
    And may peace surround you which is a bit more neutral and a nice wish, don’t you think?

  4. Dear Chris,

    May the force be with you huh? I guess we’re on the opposite side of things!

    Live long and prosper \V/ (see? πŸ˜‰ )
    Yours sincerely,
    The Mostly Confused Teenager.

    • Salut ConfusedTeen,
      ca va? C trop cool q tu m as trouvΓ© πŸ™‚
      How do you mean “on the opposite side of things”? Now you got me confused πŸ˜‰
      Thank you very much for your comment, am checking your blog out now, too πŸ™‚
      A+ (talk to you later),

      • Coucou Chris!

        Well see there seems to be a constant battle in between Star Trek and Star Wars. You sign your posts “may the force be with you” (wars) while I sign mine “live long and prosper” (trek) πŸ˜‰ Thanks for following me!

        Passe une bonne journee!
        The Mostly Confused Teenager.

  5. Hey Ron,
    Thank you for your description. Programming a mmorp was not on my todo list before your comment but now I think it’s a cool idea to do once in a lifetime. But I have other projects first, e.g. founding a rock band and travelling to Russia. And I think that with my growing experience and connections to other people, it will be easier to implement a mmorpg. One day, I imagine, I wake up and say to myself “Today I want to start implementing a mmorpg” and then I write the concept and talk to my friends all over the world and we found a project, raise some funds and experience a very very meaningful activity. So your input is very appreciated and never lost, I will save it as a draft and write a blog entry about it one day I feel like doing so. Then I will also check out your nature post. I already watched the youtube video you attached and I found it very interesting. If I got it right, Bruce Lipton says that your identity is outside your body (which makes sense in a digital society where you leave your footprints on social sites, blogs, etc.) and knowing something leads not necessarily to doing it. I did not read his book yet, do you recommend me to do so?
    I wrote a blog entry about how to transform work into a meaningful activity which is also a step into the direction of happiness. I would be very happy if you read it and tell me if you see additional key questions.
    Have a great day & may the force be with you,

  6. Greetings Chris,
    I look forward to your elucidation of what you envision a “mmorpg-like application” to be.
    My reference point is , Eve Online, the only MMORPG game I played longer than a month because it has a empire model of society with a salaried economist regulating the game’s economy as the players creatively developed wealth hoarding schemes to build larger corporate empires…
    I could no longer stomach the exploit-programming cracking advantage, back-stabbing, spy laden, violent natures prevalent in the game and I stopped playing years ago. The eve game experience was very much similar to stressful employment with danger lurking everywhere added to the mix.
    The two things in-game that kept me playing was the friendly relationships with some players and the promise of change with each future mod…

    Can a MMORPG application avoid those frustrations; that is an open question that may be rhetorical because I think it largely depends on the players’ social values. Cheating to hoard power, prestige, territory, and wealth versus honesty, sharing, and universal abundant prosperity for each player.

    I think you have embarked upon a difficult and exciting quest, and I wish you success!


    • What a great thought you have, thank you very much! Well you already read my blog entry about gamification of work but you’re right, as long as people do or maybe only pretend to like killing and hating other people, playing a game can be dangerous. One thing which is dangerous in most mmorpg games now I think about it, is that there a several groups of people and already by their race, they are determined to fight against the other groups. This is something very traditional and in our days rather dangerous. Today it is common to see people from other nations on our streets so the image of fighting someone only because he/she is not looking like you does not work anymore. Today you have to fight people who think evil things and even this is dangerous because depending on who you are, evil has different definitions and many people lack the objectivity to compare their definition of evil with the reality and the other definitions of evil. So it is very important that everyone has its own values and beliefs and that they fit into the global environment, also meaning they are making sense for human, nature and future. Maybe you could tell me how you imagine a tool based on my gamification of work entry and which problems you see. Then I will try to refine my thoughts and write a first conception of a gamified prototype. I would really appreciate you and me doing so!
      Have a great day & may the force be with you,

      • I carefully thought about your request for my input and I thank you for the invitation.

        Yes Chris, that evil is wrapped into the sociopathic structure of empire and hegemony.
        A hierarchical, monochromatic, rigid order of control, militarized borders with the threat of destruction always lurking nearby. Cultural, Political, Religious, Ethnic and Racial bigotry were all in the “EVE” game universe.

        I want to play a mmorpg that rewards life values and set objectives to nurture and improve skills to self-govern and respect natural law sovereignty.
        Rewards finding remedy to a injured party, dramatize adventure and fun activities (example: in real life mountain climbing is dangerous and fun adventure, and so is exploring unknown caves or territories with wild life, sharp or poisonous obstructions).
        Thus we can see that attacking other players is not the only action and excitement possible in a game.
        I recognize violence is the most popular and the easiest way to quickly create danger and excitement, but we should always at least consider the truth that other ways to induce excitement and drama does exist. I encourage you to play a card or racing game in a mmorpg environment and see the excitement! Ski, car, and boat racing are all fun; or imagine a engineering contest where the goal is to design a spacecraft and to be the first player to successfully survive a space voyage to the planet mars and return safely to earth. Can you imagine the fun gaming stories of the players that were in the lead only to fail by a malfunction and crashing fatally into the earth?
        LOL πŸ™‚
        For all future readers of this comment I wish to make it clear that I want a game experience that if any threat to life resulting in fatalities are direct results of life threatening environments and dangerous situations rather than sociopathic hatred, greed, or bigotry, as game-objectives.
        Wining by killing all other players is not a life value and neither is winning by taking possession of all other properties in the game demonstrating life value.
        Simultaneously, I recognize that other game genres exist and the choice is there for you. I am not calling for a ban on sociopathic games. Right now most programmers work in a corporate (sociopathic) structure with priority to chase money and follow orders, but if any independent free minded programmers want to create something different then they will have to do it on their own and I encourage this. Seek crowd-source funding and be independent self-publisher-distributor over the internet.

        Thank you Chris for asking for my input, for sharing your project’s objectives and challenges.
        Nature’s laws and natural philosophy should be examined when programming your mmorpg-like applications.
        To fully grasp the concept of “Natural Law and Natural Philosophy” I invite you to read and listen to the A/V files:

        My perspective see “evil” is a state of backward living (“live” letters reversed becomes “evil”).
        The etymology of the word “violate” and violence (violatio) is to harm (dishonor) someone’s rights. The violent action is the harm factor and is the “violation” against “natural law”.
        All people of earth have the natural right to life and sovereignty of self (master of self). example: When a man choose to make deceptive fraudulent (false) contract that man is violating the right of the other to have access to the same knowledge the fraud (Lies) is hiding.
        A violent act ignores that natural sovereignty (right) and commits harm by violating the other’s sovereignty. This is an important distinction and this is violence.
        Please research:
        “Natural Philosophy” is the foundation for science (science has lost this foundation but alternative science and “new science” is re-introducing this).
        Here are two living professors:
        Frank Chester – New Form Technology
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf9Grk5oguA (bio – Hungary)

        Bruce Lipton – Rewriting the Program “Biology of Belief”

    • Hi Tony,
      you’re welcome! Looking forward to your next posts. Started to follow you on twitter but I’m not that often on twitter yet so we’ll see πŸ˜‰
      May the force be with you,

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