I’m looking for examples of websites that encourage writing using methods derived from video games. One that comes to mind is http://750words.com/ which gives you a score for the number of words you write each day, bestows achievements, shows the high scores for the day and also sends out email reminders to “play” each day. It’s a very nice place to write early drafts.
Another less obvious site might be something like http://boardgamegeek.com which gives users who donate help files bits of in-game currency. Message posters can receive multiple “thumbs up” designations which can be converted into award badges that attach to the users avatar.
I also recently saw a TED-related presentation that mentioned an instructor who converted his course grading into a levelling-up system (here are the quests you have to accomplish to become a grand master, etc).
Is anyone trying this in their writing classrooms?