Giving and receiving a gift is an example of an exchange or taking turns.  This taps into this very fundamental human engagement of, “its my turn, it’s your turn, it’s my turn, it’s your turn…” which is one of the most basic game mechanics we learn as kids, wait your turn.  And you can tap into that.  Humans are very familiar with what a conversation feels like, and if your system feels like a conversation. Feels like taking turns, you’re going to draw people in.

(Source: Amy Jo Kim)


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