Opinion: Evolving Game Communities

Evolution. The word brings to mind the classic images of the progression of man, from the ape that strides on four limbs all the way to an upright human. Gaming evolution has taken huge strides as well: from the arcade classic stand-up machines to today's high-tech home consoles, we've truly come a long way.

The gaming industry is continuously experiencing various types of change, but the change that excites me most is how online connectivity is altering the way we think of our console, which in turn has affected how games have evolved. These changes have morphed gaming communities from their origins as basic fan sites into full-blown destinations and stand-alone products.

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