Introducing ‘Gamebook’

‘Gamebook’ is a series which focuses on hardcore gaming on Facebook. These games are similar to those you’ll find on a PC or console, featuring skill based gameplay and PvP action. .

.

Released this week; Brave Arms - The first 'social' shooter on Facebook

.

The trends on Facebook game popularity are suggesting that more complex, strategic gameplay is becoming more popular. As InsideSocialGames pointed out just over a week ago, Strategy games are the new Farms. This is crazy in some respects but also unsurprising since there have to be some hardcore gamers on Facebook. Yes they can play traditional games, on the same system they access Facebook through, but perhaps they enjoy the social features. I often comment that Social Gaming doesn’t have to mean bad gaming, that social features can bring advantages to traditional gaming. Perhaps the hardcore gamers who are checking out Verdonia or Backyard Monsters enjoy the built in social systems.

.

From the InsideSocialGames link above, the Chief Financial Officer of Playdom; Christa Quarles, had this to say;.

.

“I think what’s interesting there is that you have a lot of people trying it out. It’s at least demonstrative that there’s really a harder core audience out there. The initial art for the game, even, is not puppy dogs with big eyes. It’s medieval knights with swords. It validates our opinion, which is that there are harder core gamers on Facebook.”

.

While I agree that there are hardcore gamers on Facebook, it’s also important to point out that Facebook is just a huge viral marketing machine. When friends of hardcore gamers are publishing stories about the awesome game they’re playing, it’s likely that some of their Farmville friends might check it out. Maybe these are ‘closet gamers’ who just haven’t realized that challenging online gameplay is really fun. Maybe they’ve become bored of 1-click per minute gaming and the repetitiveness of accepting a quest, waiting for X amount of time and then completing the quest.

.

‘Gamebook’ is going to be a regular series of articles on Sam’s Dev Diary where I focus on more hardcore gaming through the Facebook platform. Tomorrow I’ll make a post about Brave Arms because it could do with the publicity and it’s actually pretty sweet.

.

Sam

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: