Gamification – not always great.

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Memrise is a website where I’m currently building up a fair-sized Japanese vocab. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a great website. It uses scientific formulas to calculate how often you need to study a word or piece of information to get it to shift from your short term memory into your long term memory, and it seems to do a really good job. What I don’t like is its ‘gamification’ qualities.

If you look in the top right hand corner you’ll see points in the hundreds of thousands. That means nothing to me. Maybe they help you out if you’re competitive and you’re studying alongside a friend; I don’t know. It just seems kind of arbitrary to me. Even if you were to get really stuck into the competitive side of things and desire a place on the leaderboards, I feel the amount of points you get for certain things seems completely random and as such has little to no purpose. In any case, it seems like a tacky hook thrown on top of a fairly well thought out program.


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