GameMaki (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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.