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Software as a video game?

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Date: May 21, 2007 - 11:30 AM
The NY Times offers up an article on what business software can learn from video games:

Mr. Beck says children who grow up playing video games typically have to figure the games out for themselves, because adults don?t know how to play.

That?s quite unlike, say, children who play baseball, where the adults tell them what to do. One downside to managing the gaming generation is that it associates ?bosses? with level bosses, the obstacle in their way to the next level in a game. (Mr. Beck tells managers to avoid this by becoming a strategy guide to their charges, something any gamer can appreciate.)
Interesting idea, if one can make it work. The idea of "virtual currency" as a form of rewarding hard work or recognizing good ideas could have merit.



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