Social Gaming Trends 2012
As Social gaming is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry this year, let’s have a look at the trends for 2012.
Approximately 62 million U.S. Internet users — that’s 27% of the total Internet-using population in the U.S. — plays at least one game on a social network on a monthly basis this year, which is 15% increase from 2010.
So what are the biggest trends emerging in Social Gaming?
Integration with real life.
The idea with augmented reality is to let you physically perform tasks in the virtual world. This makes social gaming much more interesting and you’ll have the feeling of being more involved.
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Cloud based gaming.
It was two years ago, when OnLive introduced cloud gaming and gave people the ability to play console-quality games streamed right from the cloud.
Cloud gaming makes console quality graphics possible on even slow internet connections. This means better gaming experience, and better gaming experience leads to satisified gamers.
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Mobile social gaming
As mobile devices get faster and more powerful, MMO (massive multiplayer online) games are also getting more and more popular on these devices.
The new iPhone 4s provides faster graphics than ever, which will help take the mobile gaming to a new level.
Also, if Facebook games would be playable on mobile devices or standalone apps, the potential growth of mobile social gaming will be huge.
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New Facebook Open Graph
Changes to the Facebook Open Graph, like the ticker will also have a big impact on social gaming. You can now see right away, what your friends are playing at the moment.
But is this another source of unwanted friend-spam, or has Facebook found a way to create genuine interest among friends?
The most popular Facebook games at the moment
What do you think will happen with Social Gaming in 2012?