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Gabe Zichermann on Gamification at TEDxKids@Brussels (Full Transcript)

Gabe Zichermann

Following is the full transcript of Gabe Zichermann’s TEDx Talk on Gamification at TEDxKids@Brussels.

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Gabe Zichermann – Gamification expert

So, I’m 36 years old. And my first experience with the video game business was neighbors, who were wealthier than us, bringing home an Atari 2600 and playing it. And it was a pretty definitive moment for me.

I also remember going to school, and on an Apple tube, playing a game called “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego”, an awesome game, which was the first time I played the game kind of in the school context. When you ask most people about the video game business and what’s significant, most people think that Atari 2600 is really the next, the catalyst of the video game business. But I actually think that “Wherein the World is Carmen San Diego” is probably the most important video game ever made. Principally because it was the first and the last time that parents, teachers and kids all agreed that video game was awesome.

Now, that was a long time ago. In fact, it was 1987. And it may surprise you to know that “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” continues to be the last substantial giant hit in the entertainment business, despite the fact that it was 1987, which is such an incredibly long time ago, and, I am only 36. You can do the math. That things are complete different today from what they were.

Just as a simple example. In 1987, we thought this guy was kind of crazy. Then we met this dude, who’s really changed our perspective on that subject. Things have changed. Anti-Bush political humor goes a long way in Western Europe. Okay.

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