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The Theoretical Basis of User Types: My review of the article recently published in IJHCS
A team of researchers from German, Finnish, and Canadian Universities, led by Dr. Jeanine Kirchner-Krath, recently published the interesting article Uncovering the theoretical basis of user types: An empirical analysis and critical discussion of user typologies in research on tailored gameful design. They analyzed and…
Groups of Gameful Design Elements
Classifying User Preferences for Groups of Gameful Design Elements
I have previously described my research that results in the creation of the Groups of Gameful Design Elements. If you're not familiar with it yet, I highly recommend reading the three-post series starting with the one linked in the previous sentence. In my work, I…
Meet Metablox, a gameful blockchain app powered by real-life memories
Currently, there are many new applications being developed in the "Web 3.0", which means that they store data in a decentralized way using blockchain technologies. One trend is that of "play-to-earn" games. It is an interesting idea. Because the game objects are on the blockchain…