They said gamification was coming back but they didn’t say in what form. I was hoping for the old style and not simply an expansion of the new “stickers” Swarm lets you collect.
They are also expanding the stickers, but in a badge like way. You can now start collecting “badges” again, but in the form of the stickers they have been rolling out. So they are basically badges that earn you the ability to paste new images onto your check-ins.
This is close enough to the old method that I think it maintains what we originally found fun about FourSquare. But it’s probably too late to regain the momentum FourSquare’s Swarm destroyed.
As for the stickers, I’m hoping I get a special one for having earned the Mile High Club badge in the past.