Kate Solomon: Facebook has been talking social gaming at the London leg of its developer conference, F8, today, claiming that it has more gamers than the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo platforms combined.
Lots of those are flash game you can play anywhere on the internet, so they dont count.
So now the group of chicks that plays words with friends or sims and goes bar hopping and running around town to check in everywhere, while posting duckface pics at every stop supports the industry like the group of gamers that play on xbox, ps3, and steam. ..im just gonna stop there
Considering how much private information you sign away when you play these "free" games......I'd say it's closer than one might think. I'm sure the revenue made is pretty delicious.
Calling people who play games on Facebook "gamers" is like calling people who play puttputt "golfers".
Hardcore gamers matter, but the casual market can't be denied.
Yes, but, the casual gamers can play games for free on Facebook or even their phones, doesn't mean they're going to buy consoles.
Facebook games are garbage. Be proud you have more FB, be proud.
But the casual market is really fickle as evident by the severe back lash of Nintendo's new console and devastating decline of Wii sales....hardcore market is what drives the business and keeps it thriving
Of course Wii sales are going to decline. They've sold an obscene amount of them already. That goes with anything. They can only sell so many Wii's. I'd like to agree with you but sorry it's not just the hardcore market that keeps the industry going.
Well we will see once Nintendo's doomed Wii U comes out lolz....Xbox and PS will always have legs to stand on because they keep a healthy balance between the hardcore and casual market
Exactly. Well said. , blueshirt.
Actually, at this rate the "hardcore" gamer will be a niche.
'I have more apples then you' "But more then half your apples are rotten' 'So what? I still have more. So there.'
Awesome. You hit the nail right on the head.
They can have 'em. If these games were offered at retail, I doubt they'd sell near as well. Part of the appeal of these games is that they're free. They hook the casuals with the "free" bull$hit and then milk them for everything they got through their farming features and shortcuts. Besides, I doubt any of 'em make more than Modern Warfare. Activision also knows how to milk their audience. This is why I refuse to support such a medium. Milking an audience only brings out the worst in gamers. These IPs act as drugs to the populace, fueling an addiction that can only be sated with more of the same: a poor recipe for innovation in game design.
Yeah... "gamers" who have no interest in games outside of Facebook, and never will.
Personally I hate the facebook crap games and when friends send invites and shares about them. Maybe cause I have a life and any spare time might as well be spent on a worthwile retail title.
I support real gamer games too, but you sound silly saying you have a life. That's kinda ironic.
Us hardcore gamers love a good beautiful game that over in 9 hours, but these 16 bit games hook people for many times that. If anything it shows a fun catchy game is just as good as a great looking graphic rich game. I do not game on these though only PC, PS3 and Xbox for me.
Ok then. So what exactly is a gamer?
A gamer does more than just play games, that's for sure. Gamers care about games, in general, and about the industry. They have favorite genres, platforms, and developers. The wellbeing of these areas is important to them. Casual gamers are gamers in name, only. They play their Farmville and their Angry Birds religiously, but if the developer goes under, they won't care. They probably don't have any stories from when something crazy happened in their favorite game, or from when they did something embarrassing in a new game.
"Oh hey Myrtle, do you remember that time in Farmville when I clicked on that button, and harvested those strawberries? That was freakin' sweet!" "OMG Betsy I know! But it sucked pretty hard when you ran out of coins. It's a good thing Gretchen gifted you that magic cow!" LOL
Honestly, I think saying that all of the bored housewives who spend time playing Farmville & the lot are 'gamers' is like me saying that I'm a doctor because I put bandaids on my kids boo-boos.
except they aren't gamers....
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