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6 Facebook Contests WITHOUT a Like-Gate That Crush It!

6 Facebook Contests WITHOUT a Like-Gate That Crush It! | Contests and Games Revolution |
Struggling to come up with Facebook contest ideas now that the Like-gate is banned? I'm here to help. Rock your next contest with these 6 tips! (Instead of one prize for the winner why not offer a HUGE discount to ANYONE who enters your FB contest?
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Wow, just goes to show you - there are always a million ways to do anything. At our startup @Curagami we like to say anything is easy with instructions (like origami). Here are great instructions on how to create wonderful Facebook contests.

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D-Link’s Gadget March Madness 2014: Old Tech vs New Tech – Enter Now!

D-Link’s Gadget March Madness 2014: Old Tech vs New Tech – Enter Now! | Contests and Games Revolution |

In a greatest ever tech showdown, who would win between [...]

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Fun idea for gamers. The team at D-Link debated  the impossible and decided best way to settle the score, before coming to blows, was ask us to create brackets and vote our favorite tech up or down. 

Here is how they explained their creative contest:

"In a greatest ever tech showdown, who would win between a refrigerator and a Sony Walkman? An iPad and a PlayStation 4?  A Smartwatch and….a Tamagotchi? We asked ourselves these questions at D-Link and nearly came to blows over the answers." 

So get if you are a hard core gamer see if your backet can make it all the way to the Final Four. 

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Fun is the Future: Mastering Gamification [Video]

Google Tech Talk October 26, 2010 Presented by Gabe Zichermann. ABSTRACT Gamification is fundamentally rewriting the rules of engagement for product design a...
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Is Your Biggest Competitor Zynga?
Author of Game Based Marketing Gabe Zichermann shares lessons in mastering gamification. Video really starts at 3:30.

Love the idea of gamificaiton as "nonfiction" gaming.

Gamification is NOT about rewards it is about STATUS!

Foursquare changes the "virtual currency" model from sort of maybe related to real world currency to where we are with Farmville where money goes in and NOTHING comes out (ever).

When you realize the point of the game is NOT redemption then its currency can become mythic and not related to any "gold standard". It doesn't matter how a currency forms in a "nonfiction game" where you put money in and get nothing OTHER than status and more game play out.

What is status worth?
People play "nonfiction" games for status and attention not cash. If your status system isn't valuable you must give players cash (all the more reason to make your status or virtual currency valuable :).

Points systems are examples of important system. Money is a point system. Buying stuff is a signal that tells you (the other) how much money I have in the bank. This indirect relationship, I have money so I buy things to signal I have money, is an example of a "social" status loop.

Kiva CEO said his biggest competitor is Zynga. Why would a nonprofit say that their competition is a game site? Because once we live at a time when CHOICE and LOVE drive our "hedonistic" response to market choices. Games are the only force in the universe that can get people to take action against their self-interest in a consistent way over time.

Games are the only force that can get people to work against self-interest. Games are a powerful force. "Relentless pursuit of engagement," where games are the bullets in gun.

Reward early, reward often and try not to go negative = Gabe describing the ideal game reward systems. "Fun is an actual metric," Gabe says fun is a value that consumers increasingly want, demand and expect.

Fun and engagement is the main metric consumers look for in deciding what wins. There is a "new metric" on the horizon - a metric to define engagement that will become all important.

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4 Reasons Adults Should Play Video Games

4 Reasons Adults Should Play Video Games | Contests and Games Revolution |

"Playing video games is not just for fun, according to a number of studies of the impact of gaming on adults. In fact, pushing those buttons may be a pathway to physical and emotional health. Here’s what the research shows."

Via Josué Cardona
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Everything Bad Is Good For You
Steven Johnson's book Everything Bad Is Good For You supplements this post nicely. Our contemporary world is complex and crowded. Video games teach an essential set of skills via play and fun. 

Adults Learn Best When Engaged
I can't sit in class anymore. Its too passive. My consumption is active, I want to take when I read, watch or find and share it across my nets. I learn best the way medical students are taught:

* Watch One.
* Do One.

* Teach one.

Video games create the watch, do, teach dynamic AND the combine it with our most open and creative "brain", the "play brain". I write this and admit I am NOT a video gamer, something I hope to fix soon (at 55). Why? Because its fun. 

* Steven discusses Everything Bad on BootTV: 

cellulari-dual-sim's comment, March 12, 2013 10:24 PM
lovin play Nintendo 3DS games, Playstation Break 3 and Xbox 360 video games
cellulari-dual-sim's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:26 PM

fond of play Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Playstation Break 3 Video Games

Yann Leroux's comment, March 31, 2013 1:52 PM
Steven Johnson's book is just awesome!
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Win A Scholarships To Beer Camp With A Great Video

Win A Scholarships To Beer Camp With A Great Video | Contests and Games Revolution |
Due September 30th, 2013 - Grab your camera, snag your cell phone, push record and send Sierra Nevada your mini-masterpiece to win your chance to come to Beer Camp. Use your imagination and come up with a unique way to show that ...
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Gee, create a cool video about why you should go to Sierra Nevad's "Beer Camp' tough can that be (lol). Only 10 out of state (CA) residents win an invitation to camp,so make your, "Why I love beer," video special and you may be headed to beer camp.

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Battle Cats Is an Addicting Video Game

Battle Cats Is an Addicting Video Game | Contests and Games Revolution |
Battle Cats - Addicting Games
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Battle Cats Rule The World
This game sounds just strange enough to be fun. From a Japanese game developer and capable of creating and unlocking strange characters cats are truly taking over the world.

The other day I was thinking, as I scooped my Bengal's poop, that if an alien observed what I was working so hard on they would think I was the slave and my cat Lucian is in charge. And they would be RIGHT (lol).

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