Submitted by Breadcrab 917d ago | opinion piece

The Future is Social (And That's Not A Bad Thing)

"Back in 2011, veteran game designer Mark Cerny made the bold prediction that “the traditional single player experience will be gone in three years”. At the time I scoffed. And justifiably. Although multiplayer was booming and social features were beginning to ingratiate themselves into campaigns, we were only months away from some of the best purely single player oriented games ever released – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Skrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Batman: Arkham City to name just a few. At the time, there seemed to be a bright and healthy future for games of that ilk, but we are now a year and a half on from these comments and it has become increasingly clear in that time that Cerny was right. The future is social, and that’s not a bad thing." (Damien Lawardorn, OnlySP.com) (Dark Souls, Dragon's Dogma, Hitman: Absolution, LittleBigPlanet, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360)

fermcr  +   916d ago
If the future is something similar to Diablo 3 and Simcity and all it's social crap, then it's not a bad thing... it's a horrible thing for gaming.
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egidem  +   916d ago
Anytime a game starts to incorporate microtransactions and social features, it just stinks.
MysticStrummer  +   916d ago
It's not horrible as long as it's entirely optional.
matrixman92  +   916d ago
i hate everybody...so it sucks
DragonKnight  +   916d ago
You know what will destroy all this "always connected" social B.S. that developers are trying to push down everyone's throat? A failed network connection. Single player games are essential, and the option to play without all of this social stuff is essential too. There is no such thing as a 100% consistently stable connection. And if gaming moves into something where the Single Player is the most watered down, tacked on experience while the multiplayer and social aspects receive all the attention, then count me out. I'll stick to playing the classic games that still to this day are of greater quality experiences than the Present (and looks to be Future) games.
JeepGamer  +   916d ago
They're trying to tap in to that Facebook market so bad.
DeadlyFire  +   916d ago
They will eventually. One day even a blind man learns about sex.
ShaunCameron  +   916d ago
It figures. Women run the industry now.
wishingW3L  +   916d ago
Globalization for the win!
Thefreeman012  +   916d ago
I remember the good old days that had only single player where I didnt have to be connected to anything.. not even the internet. all these invasive connection requirements seem to be needing more and more stuff each generation and its annoying
ChipChipperson  +   916d ago
It's also the same good old days when any type of multiplayer game needed those two or more players right there in the same room. That was real social interaction. No anonymity and hiding behind a mic whenever someone won or lost and then yelling.
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Kratoscar2008  +   916d ago
I suppose its a good thing if you want to drop gamming for a reason, but since i dont plan to do that i say GTFO with your social bullcrap.
BuffMordecai  +   916d ago
Considering social media is one big idiot convention, you can count me out.
Hicken  +   916d ago
Oh, but it IS a bad thing, as the type of "social" meant isn't the type that really goes well with gaming.
DeadlyFire  +   916d ago
Best Social game is Counter-Strike, CSS, and CS: GO. No other game puts social elements into a game right. They just add extra crap.
uuaschbaer  +   916d ago
"there is strong evidence to suggest that Cerny was right"

There is? Where?

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