"Gamification", "Simulations" and "Serious Games": differences defined

Article by Ken Thompson, 06 Apr 2017

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Linda King writes a good article in her blog which succinctly describes the difference between these 3 "in vogue" terms. I have extracted a summary below but you should read the full article:

Gamification is all about applying game elements (the ‘DNA’ of games) to non-game activities to make them more compelling. Gamification leverages ‘game mechanics’ such as points, levels, badges and achievements.
 
Simulations are real and immersive games which offer an experiential educational experience. Simulations place people in a risk free environment which supports their engagement in an authentic experience which contextually demonstrates benefits and consequences.
 
Serious Games use traditional gamecraft techniques (for example video game technology, Kinect, strategy) around serious concepts such as business, education, environmental or social issues.

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