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Gamification uses games or game-like techniques to solve a problem or make something more interesting, for example a task that people ordinarily consider boring can be more fun if a competitive element is introduced.

Popular gamification techniques are:

  • achievement badges/levels
  • leader boards
  • progress bar
  • challenges between people

A notable example of the use of gamification is provided by Stack Exchange itself, which offers badges for individual achievements and a numeric reputation for leader board and progress bar functionality. Other examples include Codecademy, P2PU, Fitocracy, and 750 Words.

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