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challenge your friendsGameMaki (Beta) is a relatively fresh site that tweaks the concept of social gaming. On GameWiki, members recommend fun activities and turn them into challenges which their friends have to complete. Users can compete across each other’s challenges.

I would call it the gamification of friendship…if friendship ever requires one. Social games are all about doing things together. It started with sharing everything from webpages to photos and videos. Now, it has moved on to exhorting your friends to get up from the couch and take up little challenges and complete them all for the sake of fun. Of course, it could get potentially “serious” too as GameMaki is also about putting your ego out there and racking up points and badges.

5 Key Features Of GameMaki

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  • GameMaki is more than a fun way to do activities. It is also a social recommendation engine to discover (and share) new places and new things to do.
  • Recommendations can be turned into challenges at GameMaki. GameMaki tries to turn those challenges into new experiences for us and our friends.
  • GameMaki can be optionally tagged with a location. It helps you discover places near yours to engage with your friends.
  • You can group challenges into a set and turn it into a personal game for your network of friends. This mini-game (‘Maki’) makes it more fun for you to vie with people of similar interests.
  • GameMaki also is about sharing your personal experiences through photos and comments.

Truth Or Dare – Socially Connect & Start The Challenge

Sign-in and connect with your friends on Facebook. You can straightaway challenge your friends with a suggestion of an activity. It could be anything – from a place to visit to tasting a dish you stick your tongue out at. You can allow GameMaki to retrieve your location so that friends who live nearby can hop on and play. Also, challenges need to be put in a category so that others can view it or join in.

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Your challenge is visible to the world. You can accept the challenge yourself and claim it so that others also have an idea what you are talking about. Comments and photos help to illustrate the challenge better.

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Remember, accepting a challenge just places it in your to-do list on GameMaki. Claiming a challenge means that you have done it…and you earn points for that. You also need to ‘prove’ that you have done it with either a photo or a comment.

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Setting up your own challenges is fun, but what’s more fun is discovering and taking part in challenges set up by friends. You can go through the same cycle of accepting a challenge and claiming it with cool photos or comments.

The Maki – Your Very Own Challenge Spot

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A ‘Maki’ is like your own page for challenges you have set up and other favorites. It rings similar to ‘wiki’ and functions similarly. You can create a Maki around a certain theme or topic. It’s your very own mini-game site and you are lord and master of this personal section. So, you can allow or disallow others from participating by adding their own challenges. Collect your followers on your Maki and challenge them to compete in the activities you have thought up.

Use Makis For Personal Or Company Branding

The potential of self-created Makis is immense that takes it beyond the element of fun because individuals can use it for personal branding. There are quite a few featured Makis on GameMaki that show how business can take advantage of fun gaming and create there brand stories around it.

Check out this screenshot of a Maki created around Echelon 2011, Asia’s biggest tech event. Challenges include fun acts like Planking yourself here and there!

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GameMaki is a whole lot of fun. It’s another popular do you can add to your list of social games. Give us your take on GameMaki. Tell us some creative ways you can use GameMaki to make life a challenge for your friends.

  1. keizng
    November 3, 2011 at 5:31 am

    the concept can be extended to focus on education, health and even enterprises as a way to collate feedback. as a consumer app, what is especially interesting is how GameMaki can sit on top of Twitter tightly so anyone can challenge their Twitter network easily, and award them with points even before they become GameMaki users ;)

    • Saikat Basu
      November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Education is one area where light games can play a serious role. Applied creatively, it could bring back the element of fun in the tests and exams we used to dread while growing up. When stress goes out of the window, learning becomes fun again.

      • keizng
        November 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

        yes absolutely. many of these schools are already implementing game mechanics in learning, and parents are purchasing learning games off the shelves from app stores to physical retail outlets. what is really required is a recyclable solution for any educators to quickly create "fun content" to continuously engage the students - GameMaki looks like the part :)) thanks for the great article!

        • Saikat Basu
          November 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

          If you think about it, education is one area where innovation has bee
          sorely lacking. We still study in the same way as our parents used to.
          It probably has to do with the fact that the end consumer (i.e. the
          student) has no control over the 'product' (i.e. the syllabus or method
          of teaching). But now change is coming with the widespread use of
          computers, tablet PC, and smartphone apps. Exciting times ahead.

  2. Anonymous
    November 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Hey Saikat,

    Thanks for the insightful write-up about GameMaki. (I see my planking photo being featured too, awesome! (;) All the points you mentioned are accurate and basically sums up what we're all about.

    "The gamification of friendship" is a very interesting angle which we haven't thought of too. We like that!

    We are presently working on new features to further fine-tune our vision of helping others go out and do good stuff. For example, our users can 'cash out' points earned on GameMaki to be donated to charity.

    Our iOS app is also in stealth BETA and we'd like you to be a part of it too. Do drop me an email at brenda [at] gamemaki.com if you're keen!

    Have an awesome week!

    Cheers,
    Brenda

    • Saikat Basu
      November 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      I really liked the concept. I hope you take it greater heights. Your iOS app would contribute to that greatly.

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