In a recent post I showed a simulation of particles. Andy commented that with a few modifications, my simulation could be turned into a really interesting game.

That got me thinking about the general idea of “gamification”. I suspect all sorts of things can be turned into games. In fact, I suspect that you can you turn anything into a game.

Take any random category: movies, flowers, opera, real estate, poetry, piano lessons, spelling, luggage. It really doesn’t matter — you can start with any topic.

With a little imagination, whatever you are interested in can be turned into a game. And if it’s good game, people will play it, and will learn something that they didn’t know before.

That can’t be a bad thing.

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