Reloaded!! Beginner’s Guide to Gamification (3 of 90): The 8 Core Drives of a Game

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Yu-kai Chou introduces the 8 Core Drives in Gamification

Before we can explore how to use games to make productive things fun, we must first understand why are games fun.

Games are not fun because they have points, badges and leaderboards, but because they appeal to our Core Drives.

The 8 Core Drives are:

  1. Epic Meaning & Calling
  2. Development & Accomplishment
  3. Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback
  4. Ownership & Possession
  5. Social Influence & Relatedness
  6. Scarcity & Impatience
  7. Curiosity & Unpredictability
  8. Loss & Avoidance



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