If you can make something into a game, there’s a good chance people will have fun with it, and be engaged. Case in point:
It’s pint night. Damn busy. I’m behind the bar, pourin em. We have nine beers on tap. It’s one o’clock in the morning, things are winding down, but guess what? Seven kegs blown, we’ve got two left. Why not go for two more? I’m feeling in a good mood, I pause the music, and make an announcement:
CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. The bar quiets down. I’ve got two beers left on tap. If someone buys a pint, and it gets blown while I’m pouring, you get a free shot.
There’s twelve people in the bar. Seven of them come up to the bar, try their luck. One of them says, you know, I’m going to bet the Peroni’s gonna blow, but I don’t want one of those. I’ll take the Red. Unfortunately for them, the beer holds strong.
Around 1:35am, last call, there’s three people at the bar, girl says, sure, I’ll have one more. I grab the pint glass, put it under the tap, start pouring…BOOM. The beer explodes, game over, free shot for the lady.
I ask the people at the bar, what is it, you make a game out of something, people wanna play? I bet none of those guys would’ve bought another beer, but you offer a challenge, and a free shot, well, they wanna play.
Guy at the bar says, plain and simple,
People like free shit.
From my heart to yours,
Clint Curtis. Bartender.