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Braid creator on "social games"

"A game like World of Warcraft or Counter-Strike or whatever is way more social. Because you actually meet new people in clans or guilds. You go do activities together and help each other out, right?

[With certain social games] it’s about the game exploiting your friends list that you already made, so it’s not really about meeting people. And it’s not really about doing things with them because you’re never playing at the same time. It’s about using your friends as resources to progress in the game, which is the opposite of actual sociality or friendship. Maybe not exactly, but it’s not the same thing, right? They’re really just called social games because they run on social networks but they’re way less [social] – like sitting down and playing a board game with friends at a party is a way more social game. That’s an intensely social experience, right? So, like whatever. I hate that name."

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shazamaramack
Feb. 16th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
Awesome article. I really liked this:

Designers know what they are doing. They know when they show up in the office – "My goal is to degrade the player's quality of life". They probably won't think about that exact phrase. But [will think], "My goal is to get people to think about my game and to put more money into my game and get other friends to play my game to the exclusion of all other games and all other things that they might do with their free time." That is the job description of those designers.

Edited at 2011-02-16 05:06 am (UTC)
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