Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inspiration Everywhere!

When Gameful was announced last year I jumped at the chance to sign up to fund it. Admittedly, I'm not one of the big spenders but it was just the kind of website that I wanted; over the years I've tried a few times to get into serious gaming (as a contributor, not as a player) and have never quite managed it. 

Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and I haven't been anywhere near as active in the Gameful community as I expected, but I do try to keep an eye on what is going on, so I knew there was a challenge on there to pick something that could be measured and build a game around it.

And I thought and thought about what problem I could tackle and I failed and failed to think of anything new... until I was visiting the hospital every day last week. There I discovered a challenge - remembering to sanitize my hands whenever I entered or exited the ward, which is an important step in preventing incidents of MRSA infections. 

I cobbled together a notional game in my head, to help motivate me to rise to this challenge, which you can read about here. I posted on Gameful more in the spirit of community than anything else - I know it's the barest bones of a game at this stage.

To my surprise I actually got a mention by another Gameful member, which I am pretty pleased about - pleased enough to do a print screen and put it below in fact.

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