So gamification is very new. In fact, a lot of people think it’s just a business catchphrase that sounds good, though it sounds much better than “serious games,” which would be game-based learning. Even “game-based learning” probably sounds better than serious games. Serious games don’t sound very fun. But it was used as a term to talk with non-entertainment people, like in the military. So you can say, “Hey, you want a game to train your soldiers?”
We can’t even agree on the proper terminology to talk about games in education. No one likes the term edutainment and yet, journalists still continue to use the word […] There are subtle distinctions but it still adds to the confusing pot of what is educational games.