I really, truly, madly, deeply would like to know what a “social game” is. One definition I saw was something like:
social games = crap that you use to spam your “friends”
I’ve also heard this:
social game = boooooooring
social game = facebook + “grow the snowball” gameplay
And then something like these:
social games = games that promote player cooperation and has viral aspects to help players to network with other players and their friends.
But, these aren’t really good definitions. For example, by the last definition, NHL ’10 could be considered a social game: it has clubs, team searches, friends lists, and definitely cooperation and collaboration (in case you want to win games). It has tons of the elements of a social game (maybe it is a social game then).
What about World of Warcraft?
It’s been here for 7 million years already and it was considered as a “massively multiplayer online” game. Nobody said in 2004 how WoW is a “social game”. WoW like has every single element of a social game me thinks.
I don’t know how these “social games” differ from “online multiplayer games”, and would very much like to hear somebody to explain this in very simple terms.
What are these “social games”?
P.S. I Aki Järvinen about this, maybe we’ll get a reply from him.