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Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to define. Everyone knows what a game is, but agreeing on a definition is another story. Wikipedia’s no-nonsense entry defines a game as: “structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment…with goals, challenges, rules and interactions.” Jesse Schell is somewhat more fun, saying it is simply “a problem solving …

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The Same Old Song?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Amongst those on the wrong side of change were the local second hand stores overshadowed by Ebay, the factories that once churned out now-archaic tools like fax machines and, most famously, the traditional music industry.

Older readers will remember a time when news was delivered on paper, music via disc and movies on film. If you didn’t pay for the content directly, you at least had to put up with advertisements on the TV or radio. This simple business model now seems like a …

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