Farmville's impact on the future of gaming could be as important as Call of Duty says Julien Merceron, worldwide technology director at Square Enix.
Merceron believes that while Farmville and other social networking titles may not be taken seriously by hardcore gamers, the sheer number of people playing is a sign of its importance:
"Right now you see a wide range of games out there," said Merceron, speaking to VideoGamer.com at Develop. "There's Call of Duty, that is selling millions, and all these millions of consumers can't be wrong - this is part of the games that we're going to see tomorrow [in the future]. But at the same time, you have millions of people playing Farmville on Facebook, and again, this type of game is not wrong. These consumers can't be wrong"