Many of the social gaming technologies have been lagging behind other games that are based outside of social networks. Social gaming is at its base, games that are played through social networks like Facebook and MySpace. Early versions of these games were mainly text-based and do not offer the gamer much in the graphic department. Those games that are graphic-based have platforms that are more akin to original Nintendo games from twenty years ago. But it’s an industry that is growing in popularity so much that the demand for them calls for changes and advancements. New game developers are looking for ways to integrate newer technologies within the social networking infrastructure to offer users a more graphic-based interface. We’re starting to see this in action now with new social games.
Social gaming is a relatively new concept as social networking has only been around for a few years in relation to networking and gaming. The past five years has seen an upsurge in social networking and of the gaming aspect of it was not far behind. The first games were simple with little to no graphics but usually integrated the social aspect in some vital way. There were tasks to complete that were done through help from friends in the network and building up points through documents.
Today, games are becoming more graphic basic and offer the social gamers to actually interact in a way that is more user-friendly. Many are also good as stand-alone games without the need to interact with friends on the social network to complete tasks within the game. While the text games are still popular, these new games are becoming more so because of the ease of use.
Even though they are more user-friendly, the games are in no way comparable to games that can be found online such as MMORPGs or even for other platforms that are not computer based. The graphics are lacking and simplistic in nature which can be a turnoff to those gamers who are used to action packed graphic driven games. However, one trend that we see is social gaming turning people on to the world of video games that they might not otherwise have been interested in. They are a bit of a gateway genre in that sense.
Many of the gaming companies are now working towards creating social networking games that are more graphic-based and that offer more to the social gamer than the games that they are offered now. These games should be more competitive with online MMORPGs and non computer based platform games in quality as well as playability. These games also have the added benefit of allowing more than one social networker to play together in real time just like games that are based on the Internet. The hope is to make social gaming the niche of the future and to effectively compete with games from other platforms.
Social networking may be relatively new but it is has exploded in a way that has created a new demand for any application that is used within these sites. Social gaming was one of the first types of applications and is growing and developing in ways that were not imagined just five years ago.