PSFK explores the Purpose Of Gaming to see how developers are taking the idea of gamification beyond the realms of pure entertainment, employing the structured play and challenging aspects behind the most successful games and using them to achieve specific goals.

PSFK’s Future Of Gaming report is intended to provide a current snapshot into the innovative ways that games are being used within the broader marketplace, examine their expanding role in effecting change on an individual and societal level, and highlight the new technologies that are making these experiences possible. Pattern recognition performed against our research yielded 17 key trends organized around three core aspects of game design — Purpose Behind the Game, Mechanics That Drive People To Action and Game Functionality and Systems.

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