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CORE LOOP - The Secret That Should Pique Your Interest

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Have you played a video game and got rewards for completing a task or a complicated adventure? Recall some of the most enjoyable and noteworthy games you've played.

Whether it is platforming across the screen in Super Mario or succeeding in defending your map in the multiplayer battle arena video game LOL (League of Legends), the core loop is primarily responsible for the myriad of emotions you experience in those moments. Think about the Scrabble game where several letters were arranged correctly to earn points from words created. How did you feel when you eventually got all your words right? Did you feel empowered to keep playing? Blame it on the Core loop.

You may have asked, what is a Core Loop, and why are they so imperative in the gaming stratum? This week's blog outlines the core loop and channels its various applications in business and education.

Core Loop- Meaning

An oversimplified description would be a series of repeated patterns that evoke a user's engagement or further investment in a game. This mechanism comprises main activities that structure the game design, tempting the players to commit and dedicate their time to repeatedly engage in a looping sequence.

To develop a captivating gaming experience, developers channel their skills into creating a compelling core loop. The 'core' loop, as the name implies, is the heart of every game. This tool is the element of a video game that many players commit to memory. These fundamental elements help build systems that reward and incentivize players to feel satisfied for having experienced diverse adventures associated with a particular game.

The game core loop is an innovative application that plays an integral part in keeping a high retention rate and setting the seal on users returning to a supposedly appealing experience. Some examples of core loop actions:

· Playing a turn in words with friends

· Playing a hand in Texas Hold 'em Poker

· Pinning on Pinterest

Or a lucid example of a higher-level loop effect pattern would involve;

· Discover and enter a new room or space

· Kill all the enemies

· Redeem rewards.

· Start a new game.

A core loop has continuously replicated steps: Trigger, Action, Reward, and Expansion. As the loops repeat, investment emerges and intensifies the user's commitment to the game or product.

Agate's own Levio utilizes these mechanics, where users get to preview their assigned missions before accessing the learning material. After revising this material, they would attempt a task, and if completed, the users earn reward points and treat to an enticing visual of their in-game avatars. Ultimately, the reward points would then be traded for a new sequence triggering new missions the users can attempt.

There are as many archetypes of core loops as there are games. The following applications will help you acclimate to the different arrays and possibilities of core loops available in this blog's context.

Core Loop Application in Business

Now and then, enterprises can add new features to a core loop to sustain their business growth. In businesses, the loop is a valuable framework that creates a compounding effect, where customer retention is possible by the creation of really enticing value which is pleasurable enough to ensure they return. An example is the Starbucks app, where customers:

· Buy Coffee

· Earn Points for buying coffee

· Get a free coffee.

The core loop considers actual user behaviors and motivational factors in its business application, thereby brewing investments in a product and creating a sense of dedication within the consumers.

The core loop considers actual user behaviors and motivational factors in its business application, inspiring consumers to invest in a product and cultivating a sense of commitment.

Integrating the core loop with the gamification strategy, known as the 'Gamification core loop' in a unified sense, is one closely linked or necessary technique businesses must use. This unification demonstrates how game design can instill habitual behavior in customers' minds.

The Core Loop Strategy, For All Its Worth!

As a digital solution provider, I believe the Core Loop is an excellent approach to attracting and engaging gamers, students, or a company's client base.

People will inadvertently give you a chance to entice or entertain them, and if the main mechanics are not intuitive enough, you'll miss them in a minute or max two, simple as that. As a game developer integrating a well-designed, smooth, and exciting loop would do well to keep users engaged.

The same applies to businesses who look to incorporate this strategy; they will derive value from instilling feelings of achievement, empowerment, and motivation in their customers!

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