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Twitch 2016 report is a small prod into gamification

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Twitch - 2016 retrospective  Twitch
Twitch - 2016 retrospective

It's essentially just a slideshow framed with a short "interactive" sotry but we appreciate the sentiment.

If you want people to have a look at your stats for an entire year, it pays to know your audience. Instead of spreadsheets and a PowerPoint presentation Twitch spiced things up just a little for its 2016 year in review. Holding the right arrow key to drive past 2016's stat highlights might not really be a game in the proper sense of the word but it's a reminder that a little bit of interactivity and a short story is far better than none at all.

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Twitch 2016 - More story than most annual reports Twitch
Twitch 2016 - More story than most annual reports

The story says that the annul Twitch report has been scattered all over the place, and you need to pry open some chests with the aid of your front car bumper to get all the data back to Twitch HQ. When faced with a choice between ramming a chest with a car and doing another lock picking mini-game, I will go for the fender bender - win/lose condition present or not.

Twitch has another good year behind it. 14.2 billion messages exchanged, $25.3 million raised for charity and a 2.2 billion unique streamers count are formidable results. It's hard to argue the wisdom behind this kind of presentation, and when addressing gamers there is no better way to do it than in the form of a game, a real one or not - it's the thought that counts.

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Twitch 2016 - If Call fo Duty can get away with one-button-prompts in place of mechanics, why shouldnt Twitch do the same? Twitch
Twitch 2016 - If Call fo Duty can get away with one-button-prompts in place of mechanics, why shouldnt Twitch do the same?