June 15, 2012 9:16 AM Subscribe
Are there any diet/exercise mobile apps or websites that truly embrace gamification - turning daily logging of activity and food, or fitness/diet challenges, etc., into the kind of fun, immersive game that you'd play anyway even if it weren't beneficial?
I'm imagining a fully-fledged RPG - think Kingdom of Loathing, roguelikes - or even just casual but addictive simulators along the lines of FarmVille. Surely someone's thought of this before. There is a lot of 'gamification' of diet/exercise out there, but it's essentially just metrics and graphs with maybe some light 'points' and social elements thrown in. I've used stuff like Health Month, which is cool. I'm not looking for that with this question, though; it doesn't quite go far enough in creating a fun, immersive and engaging experience, in my opinion. We're learning quite a bit about how companies such as Zynga are being very deliberate and clever in creating game mechanisms that people can't help but get addicted to. Isn't someone using this kind of model to make people "can't help but get" healthy?