Analogue Gamification: A Case Study

​We've introduced the concept of gamification to thousands of people over the ​years. One question we get quite often from ​people is: "Is this only on my computer?"​ ​

​No at all! Gamification is absolutely everywhere and can be used in a variety of circumstances, from ​making medical exercises more fun for adults and children with cystic fibrosis ​to ​making a difference in governance around the world.

This following case-study is an active use of gamification in analogue conditions to improve communication among teams. ​This case study comes from MMDGames, our FABLED Sponsors of Gamification Europe 2019.

What Would You Say? ™  

​Would Would You Say​™ is the perfect example for us to explore analogue gamification: there's no electronic element; it's a live (in-person) gamification interaction and it's heaps of fun!

​The tool​ can be used to create fluid communication between teams, co-workers and leaders. The game works by introducing participants to difficult questions and scenarios, that trigger discussions​ with colleagues, about how to solve different situations in working life.

​Some people may approach one of these situations differently... After some time to reflect, ​another participant may volunteer to share how ​they ​would approach the scenario.​​​​ ​Everyone then votes on the approach they would use in the situation.

​We had a chance to ​try ​it out at ​the conference!

​​​Why Study Analogue Gamification?

​The type of gamification required ​depends on ​what ​you are gamifying. ​A gamified app might not work for encouraging people to not litter and a ​tug of war to onboard you to a piece of software may be a disconnect! ​​​

​When we know the difference and benefits of analogue and digital gamification, we are more easily able to judge which one ​might be suitable. Listed below are a few short reasons why analogue may be ​the obvious choice in some circumstances.

  • Often low cost/free
  • ​Usually very fast to implement
  • ​Easy to test and make changes to
  • ​Can be a prototype platform for digital gamification
  • Can be used by a small intimate group, or even hundreds of people (think escape rooms)

​Use What Would You Say?​™ in your workplace

​We've actually had the chance to ​play ​What Would You Say​​​™ when Karin and Mikael (the games creators!) came to Berlin in December. ​From the conference and ​the MMDGames website​, we've ​collected a non-exhaustive list of all the ways you might want to use the game in your team:​

  • ​Exchange experience between leaders from different departments
  • ​Establish consensus in ​sales/leadership groups
  • ​Get to know each other faster and quickly become productive
  • Identify good and bad behaviours in a fun and engaging way
  • Get everyone involved
  • Learning between experienced and new sellers/leaders
  • Improved communication culture
  • Help​ new members into the group
  • ​Understand​ company policies
  • Strengthen functioning teams, help working groups move forward
  • ​Discover and embrace powerful group dynamics

​A Note From Karin and Mikael


"So inspiring and fun to have been part of the Gamification Europe conference in Berlin.

We learned, mingled and laughed a lot during the hectic days. Perfectly organized and located!

We went back home full of ideas and energy."

Karin & Mikael Berggren

​Find Out More...

​Care to find out more about MMDGames and take a plunge into gamification with some awesome analogue card games that will empower your team?

​Because we sure are!

We've added a link to the English version of their website on the button below​. ​​They have an offer on at the moment for a few of their decks.

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