Gaming in social media is something that has taken the next step in my eyes as companies that we use for communciation are now becoming gaming platforms for people all across the world.
Believe it or not, some people sign up for facebook to play the games that are featured. Or they sign up to meet people who can teach them how to play these games or keep in touch with them outside of the game. I can relate to this. While I have never openly talked with my uncle about this, I believe he made his facebook to keep in touch with people he gamed with originally. Looking through his pictures, people I am not familar with are calling him by his “gamertag” in the photos. Its kind of weird.
But I think facebook games are more crazy or bizarre than adding people you meet. The amount of people playing these games are scary. 11 million people on facebook are playing farmville…. WHAT?!?! That’s ridiculous.
There are many social networking sites that provide games now as well. Habbo was a site I remember as a child that people communicated from where they walked around in a virtual world to “meet” people. It’s weird and hard to think about the kinds of people who could be playing this game and telling your son or daughter that they are 12 years old like them but are actually 30+ and in their mother’s basement being creepy.
Games have chat logs and places where the two competitors or whomever they might be can talk as they play together. Whether it be Yahoo game of chess to a game of pool, you can leave a comment in this virtual world to communicate with your opponent or leave a comment to warn other players what they might be getting themselves into before they actually play the game.
The way we communicate with people through social media is changing and thus, it changes the way we play games. On a forum, people can play games together on the site, related to the topic they talk about and sometimes completely different from what the forum is about. For example, I post on a sports forum from time to time and I know that some of the users put all the current NFL players in a draft pool and build a team with their selections. It’s interesting, although far too time consuming.
Overall, the gaming world is now being connected to the social media world. Whether it be the ability to send messages immediately during a PS3 game or going online to play games on your computer with strangers, games and social media are connected now more than ever before.