Quote of the Moment: Breaking an appointment
"The gaming mechanism in Foursquare is based on rewards, not penalties, and there is no appointment mechanism. I can check in as much or as little as I like. I was delighted when I got my Adventurer Badge. When I was mayor of my local café, I felt like I had finally arrived. (Mayors often receive special deals or discounts.) It's true there are some penalties. If I don't check in enough, I might lose my title of mayor–but it felt different then being greeted with a bunch of dead plants."
-Hot Studio Senior User Experience Architect Marsha Platt lays out why free-roaming gaming beats appointment gaming any day.