Wait...WAIT please...before you give me to much shit let me explain.
I am well aware that this app can hardly seen as sport.
But when it was first released it make me go for walks....like a lot of walks...so many walks.
There was quite the hype around the game and with that of course a lot of shit talk.
"So sad that they only watch their phones"
Well many of those who played would not even be outside so that is quite a step forward.
I have met more girls than with tinder, I was constantly outside walking around and with this lost a lot of weight and got a lot of color as the weather was beautiful.
To be fair I would have been outside mostly anyway but more sitting near the Rhein drinking beer with my friends.
And all this without being a Pokemon fan. I had no idea how most of those little fuckers were called and I did not really care all I knew was that I need to catch them all and it brought healthy changes with it.
Wikipedia defines gamification as the following
"Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. It can also be defined as a set of activities and processes to solve problems by using or applying the characteristics of game elements. Gamification commonly employs game design elements to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, flow, learning, crowdsourcing, employee recruitment and evaluation, ease of use, usefulness of systems, physical exercise, traffic violations, voter apathy, and more. A collection of research on gamification shows that a majority of studies on gamification find it has positive effects on individuals. However, individual and contextual differences exist. "
With the example of the impact of Pokemon go on me it totally worked. While it was not even my goal to do any of that the game pushed me into it and I dont have a lot of bad stuff to say about the game as it like I said before only affected me positively.
There are multiple sports apps who integrate gamification, with leaderboards, points and tokens. Some even make your avatar level up.
But the ones I tested did not work as well as Pokemon go.
Why is that?
Here I just have to guess.
Pokemon Go was more game than the others and except the menu screens you were emerged in the real world with the game.
The hype and competition with your friends
The collecting and and to level up your pokemons worked a bit for the same reasons why games like WOW work so well. The feeling of accomplishment. While with most games you only have it because you found item x or reached level y, with Pokemon Go I also felt good because I moved so much.
I am fascinated by gamification and I hope there is a lot more to come not only for sports but also learning etc.