lukas ranicar XRS (B) 9135,
"Do you play Zwift? Do you log on for a game of Zwift with your friends? No and nor does anyone else. Zwift is gameified but it’s definitely not a game."
Some “use” Zwift purely as a training tool.
Some ‘play’ Zwift. These are the people stacked atop the leaderboards of many Strava segments with times that are physically impossible to achieve without some form of ‘cheating’. They use motors, e-bikes, two magnets on a speed sensor, low body weight, etc to play this game.
Serious ‘users’ of the platform who are in it for the training scratch their heads and wonder wtf the point of that is - but surely there’re some out there who just think it’s fun to ‘play’ and see what they can get away with.
“Do you log on for a game of Zwift with your friends?” - Sure. People ride with their friends all the time. Is a virtual race against your friends in Zwift any different from a race against the same friends in Super Mario Cart? Not really. It may be a lot more WORK (and better exercise) to win against those friends in Zwift, but beyond that? *shrug* It’s pixels on a screen racing other pixels on a screen, scoring points, governed by algorithms.
Game vs ‘Gamified’? Semantics.
Frankly, I don’t know why some people get so upset whenever Zwift is identified as a ‘game’. This makes it no less valuable as a training tool. Nobody is taking away the hard work that goes into going fast or winning races from anyone else by using ‘the G word’.
1. a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck.
Zwift isn’t all of these things?
It’s supposed to make training more FUN than staring at a wall or a tiny GPS head unit, and it does that in spades.