Video of My Google Tech Talk

Video of My Google Tech Talk


I gave this talk at Google on October 26th. It was really well received and it was great to meet everyone. Google headquarters was really impressive- especially the coffee! There was a lot of broadcasting and the video is now up and you can watch it right here. It’s slightly similar to some other talks I’ve given but I thought some of you would find it interesting:


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  1. I want to thank you for this talk. I’ve followed Raph Koster and Henry Jenkins for a while, but I was delighted to hear your perspective.

    I’m curious about whether you play traditional games for pleasure yourself. I mean, like board games or video games, not incentive programs and the like. You seem to have almost an outsider’s view of the whole thing.

  2. Hi, Gabe! We met at Casual Connect in Seattle after Tim’s gamification panel you were on. I’ve seen you give this a couple times now and I appreciate how you’ve honed & updated your talk over time.

    You make a very strong and thought-provoking statement there at the end: “intrinsic motivation is dead”. I’m very curious what your perspective is then on Behavioral Economics and their general current view that extrinsic rewards are weak force (to borrow from Physics), e.g., Alfie Kohn’s “Punished by Rewards”, Dan Pink’s “Drive”, Daniel Kahneman’s work/TED talk, etc….?

    Our company’s work is highly involved in this very tension so your thoughts are much appreciated! Looking fwd to seeing you at Gamification Summit…

    • Hi Michael:

      I’m not sure if intrinsic motivations are dead per se, but I’m dubious about the prospects for any business that intends to *rely* on intrinsic motivations alone to drive their revenues going forward.


  3. This superb video really messed up a research paper I was writing. I had to start again. And yet I am so grateful.

    In the broadcast industry in Europe, people seem to be wrapped up in a discussion of crossmedia versus transmedia. And yet it is none of these. Your video, and the subsequent talks at the Summit, showed me how far behind the shouters are and that the future is definitely one of sharing ideas.

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