Posts by Gabe Zichermann

Funware Attacks! Games Invade Real Life

Funware Attacks! Games Invade Real Life

It’s already been a surprisingly good fall season for the concept of gameification, or making everyday activities more game-like. First, Mike Swift at the Mercury News reported that Google will seek to bring game mechanics to many different applications and features. Second, Facebook recently unveiled its Places application – the social networking giant will undoubtedly bump up its gamification offering to connect location, achievement and fun. Here are...

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How Funware Changes the Business

How Funware Changes the Business

I find [your ideas] mostly horrifying.” – Ian Bogost in response to my op-ed about the use of game mechanics on the web in the popular blog, TechCrunch. Those who know me know I don’t shy away from controversy. From the time I started in the games industry as Marketing Director for the Game Developers Conference (GDC)/Gamasutra/Game Developer magazine (I led the rebrand to GDC from CGDC under Jen Pahlka’s aegis), to my six years spent helping build and sell...

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