Is Social Gaming Making More People Socialize?

In a time when we’re more hooked to our gadgets, it can be difficult to see the positive in a world filled with social gaming. Social gaming takes many forms, from the intense impact that World of Warcraft has had to the many downloadable apps that you can put on your phone or tablet, it’s no wonder that we’re all so stuck to our gadgets. However, there is an interesting concept that has changed the lives of many and that is to become more social through games.

 

People who suffer from agoraphobia or who have anti-social tendencies find that it is difficult to get out of the house and meet new people. Old friendships slowly die off and these individuals are left alone and isolated. Social gaming allows these people to open a world where they can be someone totally different. They can become the character in the game and not have to face people. This enables them to still socialize and become connected to their team mates, but it allows them to avoid the fear of socializing in a public place.

 

The issue that a lot of people have with social gaming is that it can sometimes have the opposite effect. For instance, a husband and wife who spend more time gaming on their computers and phones and less time with each other will eventually face marital problems. You might ignore your outside friends and constantly cancel plans because of your at-home game. It is important to find a balance between gaming and still being social in everyday life. After all, social gaming won’t heal your agoraphobic tendencies and you’ll still feel anxious any time you leave the house. Only real life exposure can help with these types of problems, so it’s crucial that you get away from the games every once in awhile to face facts.

 

Social games aren’t going anywhere any time soon and are instead growing into a multi-billion dollar industry across a range of consoles and platforms. They are ideal for people of all ages and of all types, since you can play a farming game just as quickly as a combat one.

 


Gamee Raises New Round of Capital

As the world becomes more and more connected, the amount of people that are looking for fun ways to connect with others online is growing. One way that people now socialize like never before is through social gaming. Social gaming is essentially any video game or online game in which people participate with each other, either in the form of a team or against one another.

 

In recent years, many different application and video game developers have come out with new social gaming platforms. One social gaming platform that has continued to grow in popularity and size is Gamee, which is based out of Prague. A recent news story (http://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/65409/gamee-raises-2-million-usd/) has reported that this company now has raised enough capital to allow it to continue to develop new games and applications.

 

Over the past few months, the company spent time trying to raise capital from new outside investors. The company has recently announced that it has raised about $2.15 million in a new round of funding. The investment funding round was led by venture capital firm, Initial Capital. The company also received a few different angel investments from prominent firms, such as Index Ventures.

 

While the company is still very young compared to its competitors, it has already made a major impact on the industry. Gamee, which was first launched in 2015, has already developed more than 60 different games. They have their own platofm, but also use a variety of other platforms including Facebook Instant Games. The company is one of the most popular gaming companies in the world as it has over 500 million different games played on a daily basis. Further, the average user spends more than 30 minutes per day playing their games, which shows a great level of user engagement.

 

Today, all of the games that they company makes are free to the player. The company has continued to find new revenue streams through developing brands with major sponsors, such as NASA and Coca Cola. Also, in November 2016, the company was named one of the key launch partners for the new Facebook gaming platform.

 


Social Gaming Falls Off On Facebook

There are a number of very popular social gaming choices on Facebook. You have probably heard of at least some of them before. Consider FarmVille for example. That being said, the number of people who are playing these games is dropping off considerably. What could the problem with these games be?

 

Social gaming was a huge deal when it first started out. Some players would literally organize their day around being able to play their favorite games. This means that they would sometimes have to wake up in the middle of the night just to tend to their virtual crops on FarmVille. With that much popularity it might surprise some to find out the amount of people who have dropped off of social gaming. According to Business Insider, that number is 16 million daily active users compared to 32 million daily active users not that long ago.

 

The demise of some of these games may come down to how they promoted themselves. The idea was that they just needed to capture a small percentage of players who would pay for the added features of a game. They wanted players who were not afraid to put down the big bucks on various features within the game. However, in searching those players out they would recruit their free players to spam others on their friends list to join the games.

 

It looked like a great way to bring new people in and hunt down those who were willing to pay to play. However, after some time this idea became just a way to annoy people on Facebook. The free players were pumping out notifications to their friends on Facebook which those friends found annoying. As a result, many of the free players felt isolated on Facebook and may have decided to quit playing social games all together in order to avoid annoying their friends.

 

This was the loop that put into place the downfall of social gaming for a lot of the industry. The trend is expected to continue according to many experts. Therefore, new game development may begin to slow for those who are still enjoying them.

 


Chili’s Promotes Social Gaming At All Of Their Tables

The popular family friendly chain restaurant known as Chili’s is serving up a side of gaming with every visit that you make. They do this in the form of having a tablet like device at every table as well as a few at the bar.

 

The device is made by a company called Ziosk and is intended to make your dining experience more enjoyable. This is because the device not only allows you to place an order for a refill on your drinks or pay your bill right at the table, but also gives you the chance to play unlimited games from a fun collection loaded onto the tablet. There is small charge added to your bill for the games, but you enjoy as many as you want during your stay.

 

While some of the games are similar to what your might play alone on your phone or tablet, there are others which are designed with a more social goal in mind. These games are meant to bring people in the same restaurant together for a trivia challenge or a round of some other fun game that they might enjoy. You do not have to take part in the social aspect of this device if you don’t want to of course, but the option is always open to you.

 

There are plenty of games on the device to meet the preferences of just about anyone. Also, all of the games are kid-friendly as well so you don’t have to worry about anything like that. The restaurant is a family-friendly place after all.

 

Even if you do not use your Ziosk device to socialize with other patrons in the restaurant, you can at least use it to bring the family together. You might all compete in a trivia challenge or work on something else. This is a fun way to kill a little time while you wait on your food. You may just learn something new while you are at it as well.

 


How to Spot a Decent App

Apps are a great way to have some fun and organize your life. From gaming apps to to-do list organizational ones, it’s easy to get into an app that fits your needs. Unfortunately, among the many wonderful apps available on your phone or tablet, there are a lot of bad ones. These apps may look fine but when you download them, they are riddled with advertisements and pay-to-play purchases. Finding a good app can sometimes feel difficult, but there are certain things to look for in order to make an educated decision.

 

Pay-to-play apps are one of the most common you’ll find on the market. These apps have very limited game play if you download them to your device and in order to have access to the rest of the game, you’ll have to pay the creator for the full version. This is great if you are interested in the game and want to have access to it all, but it can be expensive when you consider that each item has to be purchased separately. Pay-to-play apps are deceiving because they look fun and may even allow you to progress pretty far in the game until you essentially get stuck and virtually have to pay in order to get through.

 

Certain apps cost money right off the bat before you’re able to have access to them at all. These are fine if you’re going to be playing the app, but they can be a disappointment if you pay to play the game and then find out you don’t like it. The only benefit to these types of apps is that you often won’t have to pay for anything in the game because you’re buying the full version.

 

The reviews on the app will give you pretty good insight into how it is. If you notice a lot of reviews are saying there is limited game play or that the size of the app is too large for their device, it might be a good idea to move onto something better. Be sure to look through the millions of apps available before paying for anything.

 


Cyberbullying May Be Reduced By Online Games

One of the results of the rise of the Internet is the fact that we now have some new words that did not exist before the Internet. One of those words is “cyberbullying”. It is bullying that occurs over the Internet and can real world impacts that are just as serious as in-person bullying.

 

Young people by in large recognize cyberbullying as a serious issue. The Huffington Post reports that when polled teenagers said that cyberbullying is a serious issue by a 68-32% margin. At the same time, young people are the most likely to use the Internet and the most likely to be victims of cyberbullying. Therefore we must look at ways in which this problem can be reduced.

 

Online games are one thing that may provide some relief from cyberbullying. It is probably not the first thing that comes to mind given that online games are often demonized as a place where a lot of this bullying occurs, but that does not have to be the case.

 

Game developers have to be on the ball in order to make sure that cyberbullying does not run rampant on their games. They can start by implementing very strong chat filters that weed out anyone who is bullying others. They should keep these filters up to date given that young people are always looking for ways around these types of things.

 

Moderators who sit on the games and keep an eye on everything that is going on is another good idea. These moderators can be paid individuals who keep an eye out for bullying or even just very trusted members who have been around the game for a very long time and have proven themselves to be worth of trust.

 

Parents play another important role in keeping cyberbullying to a minimum. First, they should ask for access to their children’s accounts at all times. They are not getting this access just to snoop on the account but rather to make sure that everything remains safe. Also, the parents should talk to their children about what cyberbullying is and how they can deal with it. A child who has all of the proper tools can usually avoid too many problems.

 


The Price of Social Gaming

Social gaming has taken the world by storm with millions of people playing on a daily basis. There are a range of benefits to playing social games, especially for individuals who tend to be anti-social and who may not get out of the house very often. Unfortunately, there are some downfalls to playing as well and it’s important to become aware of the game you’re playing before making a final decision on what to get involved in.

 

There are hundreds of different games you can play. Some of the most common social games are World of Warcraft, Evony and Final Fantasy. These games can either be found on consoles or the computer and will require a subscription fee to play. This might be $10 a month to about $50 a month depending on the game you’re playing. This is one of the biggest downfalls with social gaming since it can get pretty expensive to continually play the game. Some of these games allow first-time players to try out the game for free before making a decision on whether or not they want to buy it.

 

Another major issue with social games is that they can make a person more anti-social because of the addictive game play. You might have heard of the issues many World of Warcraft players have when it comes to disconnecting from the game and entering the real world. There needs to be a balanced medium between playing social games and getting away from the computer altogether. Other social games might be found on your phone or tablet and can be downloaded in the form of an app. Many of these apps are considered pay-to-play, which means that you’ll be paying just to advance in the game. If you want to buy a lot of items, this can get very expensive quickly. Thankfully, there are a lot of games you can play that won’t cost a thing and are quick and easy to download. Just because you want to get into the social gaming world does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money to do it.

 


Social Gaming Company Raises Big Equity Check

Over the past decade, one of the biggest changes in the video game industry has been the increased amount of social gaming played today. Those that enjoy playing games today often play online games in either team or against live opponents located anywhere in the world. While there are a lot of social gaming games and applications to choose from, a few different companies have emerged as leaders of the industry. According to a recent news industry (https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/14/roblox-nabs-92-million-to-power-its-massive-social-gaming-platform-for-kids/), one leading game provider will now have the capital necessary to continue to grow.

 

Earlier this month, social gaming platform Roblox announced that they had come to an agreement to raise $92 million in private equity and venture capital. This is a huge capital raise for the company that had previously only raised $10 million in its 11-year history. Roblox will now be partnering with Meritech Capital Partners and private equity firm Index Partners, which are two of the premier investors in the tech and entertainment industry.

 

The social gaming company has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the last year alone. The company recently announced that it now has 48 million unique visitors each month. This is compared to just 6 months ago when the company reported having just over 30 unique visitors. Overall, the company believes that the main user base is kids between the ages of 6 and 16. It is also expected that as younger kids grow, they will join the user base and existing teenagers are likely to continue to play these games in the future. Both of these factors point to the potential for even more user growth.

 

Roblox is a bit different than other gaming websites in that novice developers and customers make many of the games. Overall, 22 million games have been released on the website. While many of these games see only a limited amount of play, some of the tops producing developers have earned well over 1 million dollars per year through royalty fees and profit sharing. The company has also started to partner with other companies for promotional opportunities.

 


Destiny 2 Breaks Precedent With PC Version Announced

Breaking the console-only precedent set by the original Destiny for PlayStation 3, PlayStation4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Bungie announced a PC version of its highly-anticipated sequel, Destiny 2.

 

The original Destiny missing the PC platform was widely seen as something of a head-scratcher, given Bungie’s cross-generational release plan. The Massively Multiplayer Online/First-Person Shooter (MMOFPS) hybrid is known for being the first major brush with the MMO gameplay loop for many console gamers, which compounded the surprise to PC gamers who expected such a natural fit for the platform to arrive eventually.

 

Destiny 2 on PC will release in five editions ranging from the standard digital edition with just the base game, to the physical Limited Edition that includes: two expansions, a Limited Edition SteelBook case, a Collector’s Box, and three exclusive pieces of premium digital content.

 

Halo/Destiny veterans Bungie premiered their latest with an unexpectedly silly trailer, which likely focuses on moments of levity as a riposte to the lukewarm response from gamers to the deathly serious tone of the original game.

 

Those who pre-order Destiny 2 will gain access to a beta period, guaranteed before launch. Bungie promises to announce the dates for this early access soon. With the story reveal trailer in the bag, there will be a gameplay reveal in May, and the final run of information just before Destiny 2‘s launch in September.

 

Cross-play between platforms is not confirmed. While this is possible for a handful of active games like Killer Instinct, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users have yet to receive a game that allows play between the two systems. Additionally, the first-person nature of the game means mouse and keyboard users on the PC may have an unfair advantage over controller users on consoles, so cross-play between PC and just one of the two major console services is unlikely.

 

While the original game never did make the jump to PC, the upcoming Destiny 2 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on September 8th, 2017.

 


How to Get Started on Massive Multiplayer Games

Massive multiplayer online games are becoming all the rage for people who want an interactive and socially responsive game they can play in the comfort of their own home. Games like World of Warcraft, Evony and World of Tanks have catered to millions of people since their inception years ago. World of Warcraft, in particular, has grown to have over 100 million members worldwide. At any given time, there are 30 million people playing the game and interacting with others in the virtual world.

 

Finding a great game and getting started can be confusing because there are so many games available and many of them charge a fee to become a member. For instance, you’ll need to pay a subscription fee to WoW in order to keep your account active. Thankfully, most MMOs offer free trial versions which allow you to play the game for about a month before you make the decision to keep paying. During this initial free period, you may not have access to all features within the game, so this should be taken into consideration if you’re debating about keeping the application.

 

When you create an account on a brand new MMO game, you’ll be launched into the virtual world as a low level player. You will have to complete a tutorial to get started on the game and understand the controls. Once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’ll have full access to the rest of the world and be able to mingle with other players. Games like World of Warcraft prevent bullying and violence within the game itself, so these applications are great for kids and teens of all ages. Despite the fact that they cost money, massive multiplayer online games are a great way to interact with people and have access to a fully realized gaming concept.