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What is a good rebuttal to the line, "Gamification is the high-fructose corn syrup of user engagement"? - Quora

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"Gamification" has come to stand for a cynical reliance upon superficial extrinsic motivators (badges, points, achievements) to influence user behavior. I think that's mistaking crappy executions of a concept with the concept itself.