NEW YORK TIMES/Technology
By NICK BILTON for Bits
Everything seems to have a game element to it these days.
There are location-based recommendation services including Foursquare and Gowalla, which award badges for showing up at different venues. There is also the Gourmet magazine iPad application, which will allow loyal readers to unlock recipes and additional information. And there are even news-related games on sites like Huffington Post, which also rewards badges to readers who engage with the site.
Now a new application set to begin soon for the iPhone, and later for Android. Called EpicWin, it hopes to make people’s mundane list of to-dos a game by awarding points and avatars for checking off and completing tasks.
The game seems simple enough: it allows you to set up a series of tasks, like sending an overdue e-mail, picking up dry cleaning or making it to the gym, and rewards you for completing these tasks.
As the company’s Web site explains, “ticking off your chores, completing each one improves and develops your character in an ongoing quest to level-up, gain riches and develop skills.”
This might not go over well for anti-game players out there though. EpicWin is a true role-playing game and encourages players to collect strange objects like a “helm of questionable appeal,” or a “horn of raving” and also navigate a large map of quests. Each collected object can also be shared with friends on Twitter and Facebook.