There aren’t too many words in the dictionary that end in “urgy”. Metallurgy… Thaumaturgy… Dramaturgy… Zymurgy (mmmm beer).
So here’s my definition of Gamurgy:
1. The science of discovering, creating and combining games.
2 . The art of finding the game in anything.
Like metallurgy, it has to do with making alloys of games. Coming up with something new from two previous game ideas, or creating something out of a game mechanic and something in nature or culture.
Like thaumaturgy, it is a magical art. It creates magic and quite often has to do precisely with the themes of then magical world.
Like dramaturgy, it is literary in nature, it often invites acting and make believe, and it is enjoyed by both the spotlight-seekers and the engaged viewer.
1. (To) turn something into a game that is not normally considered game-like..
2 . (To) find a way to combine two unrelated things (or games) and create a game out of both which honors both ideas.
BUT WHAT ABOUT “GAMIFY” & “GAMIFICATION”?
If you look at the online definition for “gamify”, It’s all about video games. And don’t get me wrong, I love video games, but that’s a whole different website. But let’s not stop with the definition.
For extra credit, whatever new game is created needs to be fun or at least educational. It should to speak to the individual elements that were combined. It should evoke the feeling or the experience of playing both elements.
And like zymurgy, it should go well with beer.
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