Game Loops in World of Warcraft, 2 of 2

Missed Part 1 of the series? Watch Part 1 now.

Not sure what a Game Loop is? Try How to Make Game Loops, Part 1/4.

In Part 2 of this series, Yu-kai continues to explore World of Warcraft’s remarkable Game Loop.

When Battle of Azeroth came out, Yu-kai gave World of Warcraft a shot. After about 900 hours, he’s dissected what makes WoW work. Now, he understands why it works on the human brain.

One of Yu-kai’s key attributes in the 10k HP framework is his Learn-Use conversation rate. In only a few months of playing WoW, Yu-kai was able to apply what he learned from analyzing WoW’s Game Loop to help a client build a reputation system for a client of The Octalysis Group.

Then he wanted to learn even more. Now he is sharing it here with all of us!

Training the Stallion Mind to Unleash Creativity, Part 2 of 2

Are you ready to try unleashing the Stallion within?

Many researchers, theorists, and practitioners throughout history have studied, imagined, and attempted to be more creative. Here’s Yu-kai’s take. As always, consider that creativity resides within Core Drive 3: Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback in the Octalysis Gamification framework. 

This post continues the discussion from Training the Stallion Mind to Unleash Creativity, Part 1 of 2.

Today’s post is about letting go, and letting the stallion run, and roam, free.

Unleash the Stallion: Take 3-5 Minutes to Let Go

For some of us, taking 3, much less 5 (gasp!) minutes to sit still with our eyes closed is a lot to ask.

This is your chance to let the Stallion run free.

If you’ve never tried this–or, if you’re like me, you only try it once or twice per year–you might be surprised by what happens next.

It is very likely an entire host of images and thoughts and feelings will present themselves to (or within) your conscious experience.

Maybe some of these will be useful in your creative endeavors. Or maybe not! It just might be worth your while, even if all I can tempt you with is some unpredictability and curiosity.

Isn’t this just Meditation?

There are many forms of meditation, some of which Yu-kai practiced as a child.

Letting the Stallion run free is not precisely a meditation technique. If anything, it is meditation super-lite.

You don’t need to prepare for it. You just have to sit down, close your eyes, and see what happens.

Want More Creativity?

This technique alone won’t change your life. But maybe it will become one of your Tiny Habits, which could compound over time as part of a daily routine (or help you finish writing that book!).

For more reading on this subject, I recommend Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.

How Yu-kai Used Tiny Habits to Write ‘Actionable Gamification’

Tiny Habits are powerful. But you may not know how they impacted Yu-kai’s work.

Ever wondered how Yu-kai wrote his first book, ‘Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, & Leaderboards’?

In the development of his Lifestyle Inertia Design framework, Yu-kai came across B.J. Fogg’s Tiny Habits.

Tiny Habits is part of B.J. Fogg’s larger model: Behavior = Motivation + Ability + Trigger (Prompt) [B=MAT(P)]

What are Tiny Habits?

When Yu-kai studied B.J. Fogg, the father of persuasive technology, he was intrigued by Tiny Habits.

Tiny Habits are a small task attached before or after another habit in your routine.

B.J. Fogg described his own application: Whenever I go to the bathroom, I do two pushups.

Only two?

Yes, just two. Maybe you’ll end up doing five or six, or ten. But if the goal was ten or twenty, and felt hard, you might not even start.

Lowering the pushup count increases the Ability in the B=MAT(P) equation.

With plentiful triggers (you go to the bathroom several times per day), the habit of pushups can be formed.

How Tiny Habits Helped Yu-kai Make Progress

Yu-kai had been asked to write a book about the Octalysis Gamification framework. And he wanted to write it.

He even promised attendees of an upcoming workshop that he would provide them a signed copy at the event.

The problem? Yu-kai’s approach was overly Black Hat. He didn’t want to disappoint attendees, and yet he didn’t have enough balance in the Core Drives to get him to the finish line.

Unpredictability to Lead You to Creativity

Yu-kai found a solution.

After completing email or client tasks, he usually took a break with some light gaming.

He made one change, though.

Before gaming, he would read the last paragraph he’d written in his book. Can you guess what happened?

That’s right: Simply reading one paragraph piqued his internal curiosity and began a positive feedback loop of creativity that often saw him writing for several hours!

The result?

He completed the book and did so happily and productively.

New Octalysis Prime Theme Song

My most important project thus far

For those who have been following me, you’ll know that Octalysis Prime is my most important project thus far. I plan to share the entirety of my useful knowledge in this gamified platform.

Currently my 500 page book Actionable Gamification is only about 15% of the knowledge base. With 400 Videos and more every week on OP (About 5-10 min on average), I plan to eventually get as close to 100% as possible.

My end goal is to leave this for my two daughters Symphony and Harmony. If one day I get hit by a bus, I’ll know that everything I want to teach my children is already in this platform. So far we have hundreds of passionate members participating, learning, and upgrading their lives.

The Octalysis Prime Theme Song Launches

This week I’m most excited about the launch of our Octalysis Prime Theme Song by talented musician Melody Hwang. It turned out brilliantly and feels like a fully legitimate contemporary pop song with a game angle to it.

I first approached Melody via her Kickstarter project and asked her if she could create something similar to the One-Punch Man Theme Song. I gave her some suggested lyrics and then off she went – creating this masterpiece that is now my favorite song BY FAR.

Enjoy the song!

Policy Summary of Andrew Yang – USA Presidential Candidate 2020

Running America on Math and Logic?

As some may know I’ve been fascinated and slowly becoming in favor of Presidential Candidate (2020) Andrew Yang. At first I thought he was a populist (for getting votes) who is promoting Marxist socialism ($1000/mo Universal Basic Income). After reading his book I changed my mind and felt pretty good about him.

A few useful things to share to people who are unfamiliar:

1. His UBI replaces (unless opted out) all welfare programs.

It reduces incentives to be in weak positions (unemployed and pretending to find jobs or divorcing etc) and shrinks government (no more complicated and long-winded approval process and checking if a person still qualifies every month)

2. He says after that it’s going to be still $1.3 Trillion below budget. He plans to get it via VAT (value add sales tax) that would optimize for luxury and AI driven items.

Profitability from automation and GDP will rise dramatically, and we need to make sure machine profits don’t screw over the hard working humans. He says that with a 10% VAT (20% for most non-US western countries), if one gets $12K more per year, people would only be worse off if they spend more than $120K per year. But Amazon has to pay taxes on transactions instead of just “our accounting methods shows we don’t need to pay taxes.” Btw, he doesn’t try to vilify Amazon as having evil agendas, but he says people will suffer due to optimization.

3. The rest he believes in trickle up economy.

Most people will spend most of the $1000/mo (most Americans needs to as they have less than $500 savings) and help other local businesses and income, as opposed to big government just keeping it and spending on inefficient large items in military and others. In Econ 1 we learn about the multiplier effect, where if $1000 passes through 5 people, 5 people made $1000 each and the GDP increases by $5000 (not counting taxes) and the government will get more taxes back too on each step.

4. It may or may not be perfect calculations, but it’s not wishful dreaming and promising.

His policies page estimate costs for dozens of his policies and also how he expects them to be paid. https://www.yang2020.com/policies/ I especially like the one where all field cops should have cameras on constantly to really resolve police brutality issues as everyone has better information and context.

5. The automation crisis is happening now.

Just look at empty malls closing because of Amazon (robots in their warehouses), self-checkout at groceries, casinos replacing bartenders this year, and Tesla launching autonomous fleet next year.

6. UBI is different to socialism because..

In Traditional Socialism, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, everyone will have the same outcome. In Yang’s economy, if you consistently do the correct things and have a bit of luck, anyone can become a millionaire. UBI just makes sure that everyone has a few chips to participate in the game to begin with.

7. $1000/mo is not going to solve all problems.

It is just around the poverty line so if people could work they should want to (outside of outliers). But $1000/mo would make it easier for people to relocate for other opportunities, go back to school or be retrained, or decide to dedicate more time to raising their children. Also, rich people get $1000/mo too, because instead of the “F you rich people!!” narrative, it honors them by saying, “You will be paying significantly more taxes not from your wealth/income but on your luxurious enjoyment of American goods. But you will get your Freedom Dividend as a respected citizen of the United States, just like everyone else.”

8. Trump won President because Americans in Middle States were hearing the awful narrative about White Privilege

…about how white people get everything so easy and all America’s problems are coming from them; but yet they are struggling in the millions, losing their jobs to automation and failing to support their families. Strong man Trump shows up and says, “the media and democrats say YOU are the problem. You are what makes America bad. They don’t care about you. Well guess what, you are not the problem. You are a victim, and I will fight back those jobs from those foreigners!” When you are drowning, you grab on to whoever actually says will save you as opposed to those calling you the bad guy.

9. I’ve met many people saying that when they voted for Trump they were looking for someone like Andrew Yang

…someone who is concerned about their problems, not vilifying them, and ACTUALLY having a plan. These Middle State Americans don’t need a big white man to be President. They just need someone who cares about their problems to be President. Imagine how they feel when the media just calls them racists during this process of struggle and grasping for hope from anywhere.

10. I’ve always felt that the largest threat to America is how divided we are.

I got myself immersed in both left and right echo chambers and it was mind blowing how the two sides can’t even begin to communicate due to name calling as the first step. That’s why I think Andrew Yang’s campaign of “Not Left, not Right, but Forward” is very appealing to me personally.

11. Polls indicate that right now 3% of Americans would vote for Andrew Yang

…from being a complete no-namer last year. His is currently ranked 5th in the Democratic Party lineup. It’s still a long shot, but I think he has a chance.

(Disclaimer: even though at the beginning I was pretty turned off by Andrew Yang’s running for presidency, my knowledge in behavioral science tells me that I would be be more open to be won over due to our shared background as Taiwanese American Entrepreneurs. Also, Elon Musk claiming UBI being the necessary solution for the future also opened me up to the concept)

Winner of the Talent Triangle Octalysis Prime Challenge

The Talent Triangle is an integral part of the 10K HP process.

In Octalysis Prime, we opened a challenge for members to take on their Talent Triangle.

View the details of the Challenge here.

Emerging from a group of qualifying submissions, one submission stood above the rest for its completeness, attention to detail, and identifying progress for the future:

Iñaki Ibargoyen Vergara

Congratulations Iñaki! We are excited to see you use your talents to grow as a teacher and educator as you transform education!

View Iñaki’s submission.

In joint 3rd place, we would also like to congratulate:

Albertine & Kevin

Albertine Corre’s Submission

Kevin’s Submission

Both of these Talent Triangles were also of a high standard, with attention to detail, a description of where the Talents came from, whether through friends, reflection, experience, or online tests.

Thank you all, and congratulations to the winners!

James Cashiola’s Rally Airdrop is the future of gamified commerce

Rally App Logo

Rally Airdop App by James Cashiola is a really cool concept that we’ve been excited about lately.

Since I am considered one of the OGs that have been in the “gamification industry” for 16 years, occasionally I see better examples of commerce gamification design and follow their progress more.

Rally Airdrop App (RallyApp.com and RallyAirDrop.com) is a gamification startup that exchanges various activities for compensation.H

Because of this, my company The Octalysis Group decided to help Rally Airdrop in refining their experience further with more White Hat Intrinsic Motivation in their game loops to achieve even greater engagement.

I very much look forward to see their continuous progress, journey, and success!