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Ethnogamification #2 : The games, gamification and ethnogamification quiz February 20, 2014

Posted by P, J, or J in Ethnogamification.

 20 points if you already read Adventures in Ethnogamification: Level 1

More points to be earned for reading, remembering stuff, thinking, and posting comments!

Games, gamification, and ethnogamification are three different yet overlapping terms. Stop for a moment and think how you would define them. Your answers may be different from what is below and the words for game and play may carry different ranges of meaning in different languages and cultures.

In Kevin Werbach’s  Gamification course Games would often be seen as including rules, overcoming challenges, there are choices, sometimes an element of chance, a sense of progression and acheivement, many games have winners (and losers), some are competitive, some are collaborative. An overarching theme of games is that there is a strong element of fun. People choose to play games because they enjoy playing games.

Gamification is a new term that has exploding in the business world and even amongst the non-profit world seizing the opportunity to engage audiences by making activities more gamelike. Not turning everything into a game just using elements of games to increase involvement.

Ethnogamification is a very new term taking gamification into the world of cross cultural mission, encouraging the study and use of both games and gamification in a way that takes indigenous cultures seriously.

So on with this quiz…

Q1. Have you played a game this week?

Whether it was on your phone, or with a ball, or involved other people score 10 points for each game you’ve played. Stop counting if you’ve played more than 10 different games.

Q2. Has a website you’ve been on involved game like elements without actually being a game?

Score 50 points if you understood the question and 10 points for each example you can think of.

Q3. Did you take the Bwanda Fusa Challenge?

Wycliffe UK developed a number of simulation games (later adapted by Wycliffe US and others and still in use). The Bwanda Fusa Challenge was one of the first to be turned into an online game. Simulation games are valuable in exploring ideas and increasing engagement. This is different to gamification in that these are full games.

20 points if you played a Wycliffe game and learned something or did something. 30 Bonus points if you comment on it below.

Q4. Were you in WYnet? Did you play?

The Wycliffe Youth Network was another UK initiative drawing young people together (including MKs) for mutual support and encouragement. Networks also formed in the US, Canada, Jamaica, and Argentina. In addition to face to face meetings the networks were the pioneers of online forums that eventually paved the way for wikis and social media. 50 points if you were part of a Wycliffe Youth Network and say something about how the fun community and relationships developed have helped you.

Q5. How many jewels did you get in Awana?

Awana is a kids Bible club in which the memorisation of scripture is awarded by earning jewels that are worn on the Awana vest. This is a real world example of what happens in many online games (YouVersion Bible app now offers badges for completing Bible readings).

20 points if you or your kids have been motivated to read or memorise scripture by this or a similar method. 30 points if you can talk about whether that has (or might work) in a language community you relate to.

 Q6. Did you ever move from being a cub to a scout?

Awana wasn’t the first to award with badges. The boy scouts has been doing so for generations. In addition to badges there is also a sense of progression as children move on in the organisation. 20 points if you were part of a youth organisation that motivated people through similar badges and progression.

 Q7. How many frequent flyer points have you got?

Adults earn points too? Many airlines award with frequent flyer points. Getting to the next level may give you access to upgrades, better offers, and a shiny gold or platinum card. 50 points off if you have a platinum card. I’m jealous of your leg room but also think you should fly less.

Q8. Have you heard of the missionary in the Philippines who tried to teach the village how to play croquet?

Croquet, (often called wickets in USA). Not to be confused with croquette

They were horrified at the idea of knocking their opponents ball out of the way, and the game continued until the last player made it through all the hoops at which point the entire village declared “We won”.

50 points if you can tell a similar story of how one group plays by different set of cultural rules to others.

Round 2 coming soon (Once an undisclosed number of people have played round 1).
Don’t forget to post or tweet your score at #EthnogamificationQuiz


1. P, J, or J - February 21, 2014

I score 90 out of a possible 240 points. I read level 1, played the Bwanda Fusa Challenge and helped promote it when it first went on the web. Although I helped out with the WYnet forums I wasn’t a WYnet member. My son was in Awana in Canada but didn’t join the one at our church in Malaysia. I was never in the scouts, don’t have a platinum card, and haven’t got another story to add for Q6 at the moment.


2. Paul Morriss - February 24, 2014

I’m not motivated enough yet to take part in this, though I am following with interest. Oh, go on, I got 70 points. If you go to my website home page you can see my stackexchange score.


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