category: link timestamp: 2012-05-09 08:11:28.451327 -06:00 title: What Portal can teach us about design date: 09/05/2012 link: http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2012/05/09/two_universes.html
When someone raises their hand in that design meeting and suggests gamification, you have my permission to stand up, walk over, and poke them in the eye. But just one eye. While it’s likely they are merely parroting a buzzword they heard from someone else, it’s not pure buzz. Games like Portal have something to teach anyone interested in the motivation surrounding learning.
What if learning to use a tool like Photoshop was as fun as playing a game like Portal?