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ComicCon: SOE Online Trading Card Games

Posted Feb 27, 2007 by Jon Wood

ComicCon: SOE Online Trading Card Games

At Comic Con, Garrett Fuller had the chance to take a look at what Sony Online Entertainment is doing outside of the MMORPG market. What he found, were some new online card games featuring Sci-Fi, Pirates and Stargate.

As in anything, the progression of game play continues throughout all forms of both computer and regular styles. RPGs were really introduced in the 1970s and became hugely popular in the 1980s. The Card Game itself has been with us for a very long time. The classic deck of cards dates back hundreds of years. However, in the 1990s, Magic: The Gathering was launched and the phenomenon for a new type of card game grew out of control. Other companies were rushing to capture the popularity of Magic. The game itself was quite simple and actually a lot of fun. Players could sit down and compete with their decks of magic spells and monsters in a twenty minute game that was the one thing we all want, fun. Wizards of the Coast became a huge company and actually can be credited with the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons as a role playing game again. The card game format for gamers was here to stay and 15 years later it shows no signs of slowing down.

Today in 2007, video games really do dominate the gamer market. Whether you play console games or MMOs, if you are called a gamer, it is usually in reference to video games. RPGs have moved over very well into the video game market, whether they are single player or MMO style, people love to quest through games that follow a storyline and allow for role playing. With the success of all these styles of game play in video games, it was only a matter of time before the new age of card games made the leap into the video game market.

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