As popular as online gaming is it has recently taken a backseat to participation in social media/networking… Particularly when it comes to smartphones. This is not to say however that the gaming world hasn’t received a boost from online social media sources . Not only are online games discussed through social media there is a type of community and socialization going on in many of these Internet games that operate on a global level.
Whatever Happened to the Days of Email?
Good Lord, who can even imagine any more having to wait for an email from a friend when you can simply hop online, open up a chat room and have a discussion with them as if they were right there in the room with you? What might be even better is the fact that you can use both laptops and now your cell phone to talk face-to-face with someone – you actually see their face live and in person – sort of. This is where social networking has taken us. It’s basically a face-to-face meeting of two or more people, sometimes as many as four at one time, and yet each participant can be in any corner of the globe – as it were. And what are all these people at the four corners of the globe talking about? It’s true, they’re talking about boyfriends, and girlfriends, and parents, and homework assignments, and ‘OMG can you believe she actually said that… Totally’. They are also talking about the latest and greatest, newest and coolest apps and online games. This makes for a type of partnership between social networking and online gaming.
What Are You Doing on Your SmartPhone?
Games and apps can be downloaded absolutely free of charge on today’s smart phones, iPads and notebooks. You can enter a casino with several other people and play Texas hold ‘em, blackjack, even participate with others on slot machines. You can interact with these people, known by their avatar (their online character or alter ego – often accompanied by a picture of some sorts) by sending them gifts, buying them virtual drinks and in other manners. This practice in and of itself is one of social networking… Even though you’re playing an online game you are still communicating and interacting with other players/people. And that is what social networking is all about.
Granted, you may not get into an in-depth discussion about anything with someone while you’re playing a game but the interaction is unmistakable in games that include people from all over the world playing the same game, at the same time. Who could have predicted, way back when the first email was sent, that the Internet would of come this far, this fast?