World of Facebook
This week I wrote an editorial on how FTP and Casual games are now being designed as virtual shopping malls. I guess my continuation to that article is here. I once heard that Facebook will be the WoW killer, interesting right?
First of all the game industry needs to get passed the WoW Killer mindset. There is no WoW killer. Like all Blizzard games WoW will go on for years and years. They will be making money on WoW in 2019 at its 15 year anniversary. It is the game that defined the genre, the end.
However, Facebook has made huge leaps and bounds in the last few years with social networking. Old friends re-united. Affairs spring up, marriages are ruined, all blamed on Facebook. Hurray welcome to the human race online. It is no different than offline.
Facebook is simply a tool to define a generation. Just like the Internet did 10 years before. Now we have access to people’s everyday lives, if they choose to share them online. So my big question is…. How is this a game?
Sure there is Farmville, Petville, Mafia Wars, and all that fun stuff. However, we have yet to see a fully functional MMO, persistent world, boss fights, PvP, seige, death match, explosion that operates within the boundries of Facebook. Will it ever happen? Well some game companies, even some big names in MMOs are starting to try and make it work.
Will we see an in depth MMO on Facebook in the near future? Yes. Will it take us away from our work days? Yes. The question is what will it be? My hope and the reason I wrote this blog is we see something that is fun, bottom line. Many of the Facebook games right now are just grinds and virtual malls. Hopefully someone will build a game that challenges us and gives us a reason to reconnect with our old D&D groups.
Just my two cents for the week…