How Do You Game?   1 comment

Farmville

Do any of you play online games? Who here does not play some sort of mobile or online game? For the vast majority of technology-equipped humans that do take the time to indulge, what are you playing? Do you partake in the simply addictive Farmville, Mafia Wars, or Angry Birds mobile apps? Are you a classic solitaire or minesweeper loyalist? Or are you more of an Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Black Ops or PC World of Warcraft enthusiast? When you play, do you like the mobility of an app game, or do you look forward to donning the headset and controller and parking yourself in front of the TV or PC for several dedicated hours? (Junk food & chronic sore back and/or thumbs available almost everywhere for no additional fee) Do you like teaming up with others, or leveling up alone?

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Single player games such as Farmville allow social interaction through adding real friends as “neighbors.” The higher level a player is, the more crops or animals are available for purchase at the market. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you and your friends all log onto to Xbox Live and “party up.” Parties can either play side by side or against one another in the quest for experience points (XP), which allows for the purchase of more advanced weapons. A third type of gaming experience comes from the popular Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect, where players can get off the couch and interact with yoga, tennis, boxing, dancing, and other adventure games.

Angry Birds

With over 40,000 game apps available from the iPhone app store, there’s no shortage of mobile games to choose from. And not to be left behind in the mobile world, console games for the PS3 or Xbox have associated mobile apps where players can monitor or make live in-game purchases and tweak their characters. The ability to immerse oneself in a game from multiple avenues is what players want and developers hope for: New opportunities to interact with a game means people will invest more time in the game and won’t move onto the next Game Du Jour so quickly.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Back in the day, games were (and still are) sold as-is without the potential for patches or upgrades. Mixed in with all the good stuff, gamers would invariably experience glitches and less than stellar features. Updates would take months or years to come out, if at all. Things have changed for the better. Today, people expect games to be cheap, easily downloadable (via a mobile device or console) and socially interactive. Through discussions on various social media platforms, gamers can discuss the pros and cons of their gaming experiences, and be heard. Developers are taking note of this return on engagement, and aren’t shy to deliver what people want. Scott Steinberg wrote a great article for The Daily Beast on Sept 19, 2010 on the future of social gaming. He noted: “By connecting developers directly with fans and giving creators the tools to change game features rapidly based on real-time feedback, digital game distribution shatters the fiberglass ceiling.”

If you’re interested in more of what Scott Steinberg and his writers are talking about, I highly recommend checking out his blog and website, GameTheory. It’s packed with fascinating daily articles that run the gamut of the gaming world. From geek speak to business news and stats, his crack team leaves nothing to wonder about.

And finally, to wrap this post up, are you still unsure what Farmville is? Here’s a video that covers everything you need to know about it…

And as for Call of Duty: Black Ops (and a guide for n00b rage quitters), I can’t think of a better explanation than this really fantastic audiovisual story, that is completely Not Safe For Work (language & drug references).

Until next time, happy gaming. But do try to go outside once in a while – the weather is really nice this time of year.

~C

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One response to “How Do You Game?

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  1. Nice article, I hardly have the time to play games. I hate farmville πŸ˜‰ But I love Black Ops and also played some World Of Warcfaft. Anyway, nice post. If you are interested I got a few lovely game trailers and videos on my blog: http://gamingvideoblog.wordpress.com

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