Social Gaming No Longer An All White Male Club

There is something happening in the South African online gaming scene. Namely, the types of people who are playing these games is changing drastically. It used to be the playground for just white male players. They enjoyed the games and they liked to make often racist or sexist comments about other players and other people in general. That is now starting to change.

 

The Huffington Post did a piece about how social gaming is changing in South Africa in that is becoming something done by a wider segment of society. People are also starting to talk about these issues which have been long festering just beneath the surface. They want to have a discussion about them in order to air them out in the open and make sure that something is done to reverse the problems that are often seen in the gaming world.

 

It can be frustrating to see people talking the way that they do sometimes on these games, but that just means that other people need to say something. Now they are starting to do so.

 

While this may seem like a very small win and perhaps one that does not even matter all that much, that is simply not the case. Just the fact that certain issues like this are coming to the forefront is a huge deal. It was not that long ago that people felt afraid to express their feelings about these things. Now, they feel emboldened to do so. It is one step in the direction of progress, and people are feeling good about it.

 

 


Michigan Determines Social Gaming is Not Gambling

One of the biggest changes in the gaming industry over the past few years has been the increased amount of people that play online social games. Social gaming is any type of video gaming in which a player can play with, or against, another player online from anywhere in the world. The increased prevalence of social gaming has caught the eye of many different businesses and even some regulators. The social gaming industry received a big boost this past week when the state of Michigan declared that social gaming is definitely not a form of gambling by law.

 

To help combat online gambling and online fantasy sports gambling, Michigan is one of many states dad made it clearly illegal to win money or other prizes when playing a game online. On many common social media platforms, games can be played it for free. However, along with the free games players can also try to win additional prizes or free upgrades. Due to the potential to win additional prizes, some believe that this could technically constitute illegal gaming based on Michigan law.

 

After reviewing the situation a little bit more thoroughly, the Michigan House of Representatives determined that social gaming in its current form does not constitute illegal gambling. The main reason for this is that the providers of the games do not necessarily make money by providing access to the games. Instead, the games are often a form of advertisement and can help to boost revenue through hire website traffic.

 


New Major Game Titles Incorporate Social Gaming Elements

A virtual reality football game and an intriguing future title designed by a Grand Theft Auto producer will feature social gaming elements to make them more attractive to players.

Joe Montana, a Hall of Fame athlete who is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, recently announced his involvement in a project that combines football with mobile devices and virtual reality. The name of the project is Montana 17, and it consists of a seven-on-seven passing strategy that puts players in the quarterback position.

Montana 17 is not an advanced AAA title that requires powerful gaming rigs and VR headsets; it is actually a mobile app that can be played on smartphones and basic equipment such as Google Daydream or even Google Cardboard. The NFL Players Association is endorsing and licensing this game, which has social gaming features such as leaderboards, achievements, online chat, and badges.

Another major game title announced in January is being developed under the direction of Leslie Benzeis, better known as a Rockstar Games producer in charge of Grand Theft Auto. The name of this new game is Everywhere, and it is being described as the ultimate social gaming experience. According to Benzeis, players who enter the world of Everywhere will be treated to a game environment that requires social media interaction to advance the plot.

Video game journalists have asked Benzeis whether his future game will require him to create an entire social network; to this effect, his replies have been vague, although he has mentioned that there may be a social gaming concept similar to GTA Online.