Photography news site PetaPixel posted an interesting article today regarding “gamification” and how it may be useful in the teaching of Adobe Photoshop. Specially, the article mentions the difficulty in learning Photoshop by doing, how instead users tend to rely on books and tutorials to guide them. Would it be beneficial to turn “regular” software programs into “games?” I can definitely see an argument for this, but I wonder about the practicality of implementing it. Building Photoshop already requires a sizable team of engineers; adding a game on top of it, even a basic reward system, would add significant time to the development cycle. In his book What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, James Paul Gee exemplifies how good video games mimic real life learning—whereas most rote learning done in school (or in front of Photoshop) tends to be completely unnatural. I think there is a big future in gamification, despite its critics. As a photographer and a gamer, I have no doubt I would become a more efficient photo editor if I got an achievement for every time I successfully applied a layer mask. Ooh… And how about online multiplayer photo editing? Yes!