Social Games all the rage? Not so much

There’s a great article over at Search Engine Watch about how “Social Networks don’t Automatically Make Games Social.” ┬áDespite all the recent hype over social gaming, most of the games we see on Facebook are really single-player games that have loose social ties, like high score lists among your friends. ┬áMost of the “social” features are really just pyramid schemes (I’m looking at you, Farmville), like giving away in-game bonuses for inviting friends, but the game mechanics don’t involve real social interactions, and there usually isn’t even a chat room.

True social gaming on Facebook is still pretty rare, and with the complexity of building truly social games, we’ll probably have to wait a while still before they come to the fore.

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