If you’ve spent any amount of time at all online, you’ve no doubt heard people talking about “gamification.” What exactly is it, and how can it help you? Gamification is the process of incorporating elements of technology into the non-gaming aspects of your business. A computer game or online game is simply an online interactive game that involves interaction either with a human player (via game interfaces) or with a computer or digital device to produce visual feedback to the user. The result is a richer, more engrossing experience than what would otherwise be obtained by playing the same old games.
One common element in many online games is the use of game interfaces that include chat options that allow the players to communicate while they play their games. This is a valuable feature because it creates an environment in which players can engage in conversations with each other, and it provides for interesting and fun social interactions. However, the use of chat options can often cause a problem, particularly when players begin to talk too much or are simply too impatient. As a result, many organizations have implemented time limits on chat conversations within a game, in order to prevent excessive or harmful interaction among players. Such time limits can be applied to various aspects of online gaming, including online strategy games, racing games, role playing games, and even player vs. player competitions.
Another aspect of online gaming that can cause problems is the tendency of some gamers to connect their actions to the outcomes of these actions. For example, if a gamer gets bored and decides not to rest between rounds, the game may punish them by making it so that they are unable to rest. In this way, even the most minimal precautions taken to ensure the safety of participants can be exploited to the benefit of one side or another during the game.
To combat this problem, some organizations have introduced solutions that take the proactive steps of removing individuals who break the rules during gameplay. While there are many ways that this can be achieved, the most popular way by which some ESL organized tournaments have made their game play more rigorous and difficult to the point of causing players to leave the game, simply for fun, rather than to obtain a result. By removing those who engage in inappropriate behavior, organizers of these events have made sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their experience in the game rather than be forced to exit due to frustration.
With all of the problems that can come from having too much fun while playing a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, it is understandable that some gamers would prefer to remove themselves from the process of playing. In recent years, this problem has grown substantially. In particular, World of Warcraft has implemented a feature that will kick players for engaging in inappropriate behaviors. While the removal of inappropriate language has been applied in different ways across different titles, the WoW Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which features true speech, makes this particular addition all the more important for gamers. In fact, some representatives of ESL have even urged their members to refrain from playing World of Warcraft with their friends until the addition of this feature. It seems that the developers at Blizzard have realized the severity of the problem surrounding this issue and that they are working hard to implement features that would allow for greater player control in this regard.
The growing trend of European gamers traveling to other regions of the world in search of competition is another sign that the problem of excessive online gaming may soon become a thing of the past. With the exception of certain games such as Final Fantasy X, which allows all players to communicate using a text interface, most major games now offer World of Warcraft style multi-player options that provide a chance for gamers to interact while enjoying their game. Given the rise in the number of young people traveling to other parts of the world to hone their skills, the ESL is predicting a significant rise in the number of future tournaments organized by various organizations. With this increase, it is only a matter of time before gaming laws would catch up with the multi-player online role-playing genre. If you are a European gamer who wishes to improve your gaming skills, attending an ESL-organized tournament is one way to get a jump on the competition.