August 20th, 2008

me with cats

Dieting/Working out/Life as an RPG

I've been saying this for a while now:
http://www.wired.com/gaming/virtualworlds/commentary/games/2008/08/gamesfrontiers_0811

My cycling version was schemed up here.
I'm on my second year with it, and I'm over half-way through level 7. (And boy are points hard to get now: 110 miles, 11000 ft elevation, or 4250 cals!) I definitely think it's made things more interesting: I keep really good tally of what I've done, and if I'm close to 'leveling', I will actually push myself a little more in order to secure it.

The interesting thing I'd like to explore is whether a reward for points is necessary or not. Is it worth it just to get the high score and have the bragging rights (like how that article describes the dieting)? Or does it work better when hitting a milestone or round number gains you some sort of trade off/prize?