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What businesses can learn from videogames and how they can use videogames to build powerful new connections.
Use Video Games to Drive Innovation, Customer Engagement, Productivity, and Profit!
Companies of all shapes and sizes have begun to use games to revolutionize the way they interact with customers and employees, becoming more competitive and more profitable as a result. Microsoft has used games to painlessly and cost-effectively quadruple voluntary employee participation in important tasks. Medical schools have used game-like simulators to train surgeons, reducing their error rate in practice by a factor of six. A recruiting game developed by the U.S. Army, for just 0.25% of the Army’s total advertising budget, has had more impact on new recruits than all other forms of Army advertising combined. And Google is using video games to turn its visitors into a giant, voluntary labor force--encouraging them to manually label the millions of images found on the Web that Google’s computers cannot identify on their own.
Changing the Game reveals how leading-edge organizations are using video games to reach new customers more cost-effectively; to build brands; to recruit, develop, and retain great employees; to drive more effective experimentation and innovation; to supercharge productivity…in short, to make it fun to do business. This book is packed with case studies, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. It is essential reading for any forward-thinking executive, marketer, strategist, and entrepreneur, as well as anyone interested in video games in general.
Part I: Introduction 1
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Games, and Why They Matter 3
Part II: Games and Customers 33
Chapter 2: Advertising "In" and "Around" Games 37
Chapter 3: Advergames 55
Chapter 4: Adverworlds, Second Life, and Blurred Reality 75
Part III: Games and Employees 97
Chapter 5: Better Employees through Gaming 101
Chapter 6: Three Skills for an Interconnected World 115
Chapter 7: Games and Recruiting 139
Part IV: Games and the Future of Business 155
Chapter 8: Games for Work, Games at Work 157
Chapter 9: User Innovation Communities 171
Chapter 10: Why Gamers are Better than Computers, Scientists, and Governments 187
Games Index 203