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Is Duolingo playing games with us?

June 6, 2012

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If you mean the usage of gaming aspects, yes duolingo is using them heavily and this is called "Gamification". The word refers to usage of game dynamics and mechanics in a non game context to engage users. Duolingo uses leaderboards, points, levels, sharing, achievements, unlocks, badges (mastering courses), progress bars. I am currently writing an article on this actually. For more info you can check this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification

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