Do you love games
Most of us do – or at least we love some games. Why? Well, it’s hard to describe why we love a particular game, but we might just say, “Because it’s fun.”
If you’re a language learner or a language teacher, you’ll realize that there are a few essential “conditions” for success in language learning. One of these essential conditions – the most fundamental one – is motivation. You’ve got to find, sustain, and fuel your motivation in order to succeed at language learning.
So what’s the connection between games and motivation? Games are intrinsically motivating – they make us “want” to do something — not because we have to, but because we’re attracted to the activity. Because on some level, we “love” it. Also, games motivate us — with no risk. We don’t really lose anything if we lose the game.
Games in general and game-based learning