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Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… “the game layer” was SCVNGR. Tagline: “Go places, do challenges. Earn points.” Think Foursquare only super-gamified and with more free stuff. In return for completing challenges users (over 1 million of them so far) unlock “real world rewards” provided by local, participating businesses.

Most 22-year-olds would be happy with one multi-million dollar startup. But not Seth. Eighteen months after launching SCVNGR, the blue-eyed boy from Boston announced his second venture: …

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Crowdsourcing vs privacy: do we know too much?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… prime example. 2011 is set to be a breakthrough year for Geotagging apps, with Facebook Places, Foursquare and Gowalla all eager to grab the biggest share of the market. But, though it might be a good way to score cheaper Starbucks, playing with virtual maps has hidden dangers.

In an earlier blog post we discussed how a group of over-enthusiastic baseball fans used Foursquare to organize a riot in San Francisco. Influential blogger Aaron Strout has also voiced his “personal” …

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Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… a little more (ahem) vigor than average. Tech savvy fans created a “Giants Riot” location on Foursquare. Around 300 people checked in with tips like “Pick up cars” and “Set things on fire!”. That night, live video and audio streams were followed by thousands online, while Twitter was bursting with hashtags like #sfsscanner and #sfriot.

The idea of cyber riots certainly gave the prophets of doom in the media something to write home about (a quick Google news search returned …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… voluntary basis, where contributing to the cause is the compensation. Think of leaving a tip on Foursquare after dining in an exceptional restaurant: that’s something I’ve done several times, not for the points or badges but because I just enjoy free drinks reviewing places. Closer to home there are the thousands of volunteers who’ve contributed to digitizing Finland’s National Library by playing the games we developed for Digitalkoot.

While the views of Heather Chaplin go …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… rarely lay into full-blown games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game sites and apps.

Counter-intuitively, game designers are often the biggest gamification skeptics. Designers argue that game mechanics are subtle and complex. Good games, they say, are like art: engaging players deeply and emotionally ( not sure how Grand Theft Auto fits in here ). In contrast gamification, as game developer Margaret Robertson …

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