Personal space

Personal space is a narrative-oriented gamification mechanics. Its function is to create a deeper emotional bond between the user and the game. That can be achieved through the ability to upgrade or expand the living area or any other space belonging to the user.

Personal space is relevant to the "Avatars" category. Contrary to other avatars, such as Characters, Pets, and Common space, personal space is users' area, which they have to develop.

Personal space is relevant to the Narrative layer in the model of gamification (see Model)

Strong effect

Personal space is a visual representation of users' in-game achievements and failures. It helps the user to become deeply immersed in the game and keep up with the most important information through feedback.

Weak effect

Personal space is one of those interactive elements that resemble the game the most. It is important to script the process of gameplay changes based on users' achievements when designing a personal space.

Duration of the effect

A game with an extremely limited set of upgrades and expansions of the personal space is suitable for short-term objectives. When gamification is long-term, you should set up a wide variety of strategies of territorial changes and script obligatory and optional in-game events.

What can I do with this?

The main goal of gamification is to further motivate the user to act in one way or another. Unlocking new personal space is one of these motivating mechanics.
You can further spark users' interest by implementing interactive personal space. Like when it can be examined, played with using mini-games, or when we can discover more information by clicking on one object or another. These interactions increase the time spent by users in the system and help them to memorize significant information that can be transmitted through such interactive means.
The more there are elements of personal space to change, upgrade or customize, the higher is the level of users' motivation to show themselves.
Demonstration of personal space is a crucial mechanic that allows players to share their emotions.