So, you might be asking, what is a reward mechanic? Well, a reward mechanic is essentially a system to reward players playing a game that they have completed a section of.

 

Below is a link to a video on what gamification is to professionals. Gamification is essentially the process of game thinking and game mechanics to solve problems and engage users.

 

http://vimeo.com/29242791

 

A reward mechanic can be in various forms. For example, games may have virtual coins that can be then used to purchase better in-game items. Another method is experience points, which can be gained through completing various activities throughout the game. The more points a player earns, the better the skill level of that player will be.

 

Another form of a reward mechanic is in shooting games, where if a player receives a certain number of kill in a row, they receive bonuses. In this example, a player receives bonuses for killing other players in a row, as well as all the other rewards that players can receive whilst playing Call of Duty.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zdGvCbiaY

 

Reward mechanics are used to keep players interested in a game. It can be simple as Tetris, where points are used in order for the player to beat its previous high score.

Gamification.org has a list of various reward mechanics that various games use in order to keep players interested.

 

http://gamification.org/wiki/Game_Mechanics/Reward_Schedules

 

One blogger that I’ve found has his take on reward mechanics and what they do. He explains that they are like a giant sign, which points the player into the direction that the best way to play is.

 

http://linnaeus.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/good-reward-mechanics/

 

Hopefully this gives you a better idea on what reward mechanics are and how they work.

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