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,

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fermcr2150d ago (Edited 2150d 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.

egidem2150d ago

Anytime a game starts to incorporate microtransactions and social features, it just stinks.

MysticStrummer2150d ago

It's not horrible as long as it's entirely optional.

matrixman922150d ago

i hate it sucks

DragonKnight2150d 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.

JeepGamer2150d ago

They're trying to tap in to that Facebook market so bad.

DeadlyFire2150d ago

They will eventually. One day even a blind man learns about sex.

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